Traveler’s Tale: Trip to Kalinchowk, A Heaven on Earth

Traveler’s Tale: Trip to Kalinchowk, A Heaven on Earth

Introduction Located at an altitude of 3842m above the sea level and 150 kilometers away from Kathmandu, Kalinchowk is a quick city escape which lies in Dolakaha district, Kalinchowk VDC. It is about 132 kilometers from Kathmandu to Charikot, 18 km off road up to Kuri Village and an hour hike from there. Kalinchowk, being one of the most visited local destinations in this winter, we also decided to give it a try. This trip to Kalinchowk was our weekend getaway. For people who want to experience snowfall, high altitude, sightseeing and light adventures with less effort, this is the perfect option. In addition to that, it is also famous spiritual or pilgrimage site for Hindus. Day 1 Excited about the trip, we got up early in the morning and took the local bus from Kathmandu to Charikot at 6 am. However, Kalinchowk can also be reached via private vehicles or through Travel and Tour Companies with special packages. As the bus started moving, we slowly left the urban chaos and started to feel the serenity of misty hills, rivers and streams on our way. After four hours drive, the bus stopped at Kharidhunga for lunch. An hour later, we reached Charikot, which is also a beautiful tourist destination. After having some refreshments, we left Charikot at 2:30 pm. We reserved a jeep and headed up from MakaiBaari route. A 6-7 hours hike through the forest trails is another good alternative to reach Kalinkchowk. As we were passing through the lush green pine forest, we saw traces of snow on our way.  The altitude was increasing gradually so was...
Poon hill Trek

Poon hill Trek

If you are planning to escape from the city crowd in a low budget, Poon Hill might be one of the best destination for you. If you can walk fast enough, the trek can be completed in 2 nights and 3 days. In my case though, it took 3 days and 4 nights as my team decided to observe the places thoroughly and enjoy. Trek to Poon Hill is short and comfortable. There are rest points almost everywhere on the way and water taps are readily available. Read my travel story here if you are bored now, or else, come back when you are bored 😛 Day 1 : Me and four of my friends, started our journey from Pokhara Bus Park. We took a bus from Pokhara to Nayapul which took almost 2 hours . It was nearly 11 in the morning when we reached Nayapul which is situated at a height of 2070 meters. The famous Annapurna Base Camp trek and Poon hill trek both start from here. After having some breakfast, we started our hike from Nayapul. While walking, we met many children asking for chocolates and they were happy to get one. We walked dirt road for almost 4-5 hours, in between we took some snack breaks and finally reached to our destination Ulleri at around 6pm. Our Guests house in Ulleri was nice and people were very friendly. It was freezing cold, so we warmed ourselves and enjoyed a very tasty dinner. Day 2 : Next day, we started our journey at around 8:30 am. Our plan was to reach Ghorepani by evening. We...
My First Trip to Nepal

My First Trip to Nepal

This was my first visit and trek to Nepal. The 20 March 2016 marked the beginning of our trek in Shivalaya, with the finish date set for 9 April 2016 in Salleri. With no expectations we began our journey wide-eyed and raring to go! We endured many diverse weather conditions in a short space of time – heat, cold, hailstones, wind and clouds. We trekked up, down and around scenic mountains; viewing terraced mountainsides, vibrant vegetable gardens, raging rivers and tinkling streams. We walked across long wire bridges, passed donkey and yak trains, made way for Nepalese Cowboys and many men, women and children carrying extremely large and heavy loads. We trekked through flowering Rhododendron forests and fields of purple flowers. We felt the effects of altitude when we scaled Renjo La Pass at 5417m. We made it!! Celebrations were in order and we feasted on chocolate, cake and other treats to mark our achievement. We experienced many different types of transportation from a 10 hour ride in a local bus, an 8 hour jeep ride with 11 of us all squashed in, including one car sick passenger and the bumpiest ride on a tractor. Along the way I met people from many diverse countries and walks of life. Our trek was much more than a physical journey – it was a spiritual awakening. I experienced the generosity of the beautiful Nepalese people – some people who themselves had few possessions but were able to give so freely from their heart. When you are faced with and overcome obstacles, feats harder than you can imagine and you are taken...
Garden City of Seven lakes: Lekhnath

Garden City of Seven lakes: Lekhnath

Named after the famous poet ‘Shiromani Lekhnath Paudel’, Lekhnath holds numerous treasures to offer to its visitors. Lekhnath is located in southeastern part of Pokhara valley, at a distance of 10 km from Pokhara and 181 km west from Kathmandu. Having amity with the mountains, cliffs and and forests, the seven lakes of Lekhnath are Begnas, Rupa, Khaste, Deepang, Gunde, Neureni and Maidi. During Spring season, white lotuses blossom in most of these lakes and make the whole environment blissful. Lotuses smile in the lakes and rivers till summer spreading the fragrance and message of purity. The largest lake of Lekhnath is Begnas lake. Enriching the beauty of this land, the lake welcomes large number of visitors every year. However, the motive to travel the lake varies from person to person. With the first rays of sun arrive, one can see the sun, the mountains and the lakes all smiling together. One can’t stop falling in love with the sights of these lakes during sunrise and sunset. People seeking for peace and serenity find this place to be perfect. Some love to gaze at the beauty of lake with chilling music on the waiting bench while some sit by the lakeside, attempting to diminish the coldness in relations. Visitors can have access to cheap and safe boating services here. The couple of hours of boating around the places like Raj Tudha, Baraha Chetra, Majhi Kuna with the loved ones makes you forget the rest of the world for the moment. A dive into the lake after a hectic day promises divine pleasure. The local kids can be seen performing different jumps and acrobatic tricks in the lake. Not...
Backpacker’s Valentine

Backpacker’s Valentine

May you never be too busy to go to Mountains…. The Heart beats and the Mind wanders. My soul craves to roam somewhere else leaving my physical body. Longing for adventures to come. Thrills of joy .Somewhere far away, pathless woods awaiting. This kills me. Maybe its time for me to leave, to go away from everything, the crowd, noise, attachments, just everything that’s around. Bored,restless; I can’t breathe here anymore. Screaming Echoes in my head . Dead, I feel inside. Numb,nothing left. Stuck,drained. Storm in my calm mind, fire in my burning soul and a mess in my eyes. Always dreamed  of living. Frustrated, baffled. Running, awaiting storm, dwelling to disperse faraway. Enough of you, this crazy society.They don’t understand, they won’t, they never tried to .Fading light you are, passing by just like every other day. Never want my soul to be confined within walls, I want it to be wanderer of the wild. Feelings of failures trying to find a new beginning but I find being a lost cause already. Maybe, I need to move beyond these walls, need not to hear your counsel. Maybe, I forgot to live trying to survive. Maybe, I forgot what life tastes like in this crowd. Maybe, I need to go away to the place I belong. Where ” I” means only me. Me I so wanted to be. Me for myself. Me that I dreamt of, so desperately desired to be. No more,no less. I dream to stand far away in solitude to breathe again, to smile again. There’s no time for anything else.   As they said,”There are...
Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Every once in a while, I dream of waking up someday to find that I’ve got wings all of a sudden and I can fly. Even if I couldn’t fly all over the world, I wish to see all the places in Nepal. In the past five years, my dream and the reality were like day and night that never overlapped. With every morning, my dream fades away along with my sleep but my enthusiasm never dies, hope remains and my wandering zeal prevails. Who needs the wings to wander? A Leopard doesn’t need wings to run like a wind and elephants walk gracefully without wings. This is the feeling that pushed me to go on the trek to Annapurna Round Circuit. Exciting companions, burning ghumante spirit in heart, a back-pack with all the necessities, good camera and a pair of trekking shoes, what else do you need to start? Annapurna circuit is one of the top 10 trekking routes in the world. This route goes through four districts Lamjung, Myagdi, Manang and Mustang of which the latter two districts are on the other side of the mountains. Besisahar, thheadquarter of Lamjung district, is the entry point of this route which is 6 hours by bus from Kathmandu. Our journey began with the sunries and we were in Besisahar at around 2pm. Recently, a massive earthquake had devastated Nepal and on top of that, the country was going through turmoil and chaos due to the blockade imposed in the southern border. Therefore we were also very curious to see how this had affected the travel destinations and the daily...