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...
Five Travel Zombies’ escapade,a trip to Khaptad National Park!

Five Travel Zombies’ escapade,a trip to Khaptad National Park!

I read somewhere that many travelers relate to the experience of travel closely to the throw of dice because every time we try to make travel predictable, it still finds a way to give it to us raw and random experiences with those lightning “spectacular now!!” moments which keep on treating every longing heart to take one more step further unto the unknown. And what is “unknown” besides “a walk into the uncharted” and what is “travel” other than “a walk away from your comfort”. On January of 2015, five travel zombies went on an escapade to one of the farthest region of Nepal. About 3 days away from Kathmandu, covering 225 sq.km of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti, resting at the altitude of 1000-3300m, far away from terms like “Modernity” and “21st century”, Khaptad National Park enjoys itself as it did a thousand years ago waiting to share everything that it holds.   We left from New Bus Park at around 4 in the evening and were shuttled through the Mahendra highway covering a total distance of more than 700 km. In the morning, at around 9, we were picked up by our dear friend and placed in the comfort of his house in the plains of Kanchanpur,Dhangadhi. The day went by as we took into the jungles, shared jokes with local people and watched children’s walk to their school. In the evening we bought food that we anticipated we need for our trek such as chiura (flattened rice), bhujia (crispy snack), achar (pickle), a cartoon of waiwai (noodles), biscuits and chocolate wafers (a lot) and toilet paper...
The unexpected journey in the Kingdom of Lo

The unexpected journey in the Kingdom of Lo

When the country was in turmoil and life was hit hard by the blockade in the plains of Nepal, four friends from Damauli decided to do something unexpected. They packed their traveling gears, gathered whatever fuels they could and headed out to one of the most epic journey in the Kingdom of Lo, Upper Mustang. Enjoy the video where they travel to the magnificent Zhong Caves, beautiful Dhumba Lake, the Muktinath Temple and witness the live snowfall. Epic adventure, lots of...
मनकामना यात्रा, भुकम्प पछिका तिता मिठा अनुभव

मनकामना यात्रा, भुकम्प पछिका तिता मिठा अनुभव

श्री गणेश : ( यात्रा अघिका कुरा) मनमा तरङ्ग, बितरङ्गहरु जोश, शक्ति र बिश्वास अनि अाट `घुमन्ते´ नामै यस्तै छ । धेरै जस्तो अन्य कार्य र पढाईमा ब्यस्त हुने भएकै कारणले सनिवार वा अरु बिदाका दिन घुम्न निस्किने बानी । बानी भन्दा पनि लत नै लागिसक्यो  भन्दा ठिक होला । युवा अवस्था जोश –जागर र अाट गर्ने बानी को त कुरै नगरौ । वर्षा को मौसम यसपालि घर मात्र बसिराख्न अल्छी लाग्ने । लगभग ४० वटा जिल्ला घुमेको अनुभव बटुल्दै नजिकै ४० कि मिमा (दमौली बाट ) अवस्थित मनकामनाको हिडाइ गर्ने योजना पारित भो हामी दुई साथी बिच । सनिवार भनिएको हिडाइ कारणवस शुक्रबार नै गरौ भन्ने धारणा अर्का घुमन्तेको । सनिवार भनिएको यात्रा को ठिकठाक तयारि गर्न नपाउदै शुक्रबार नै झोला र क्यामेरा बोकि हिडियो । भन्ने गरिन्छ नि ” Travelers do not plan their destination they just travel around. ” अब अघिको यात्रा आफै पढ्नुस । धार्मिक दृष्टिकोणले ज्यादै नै महत्व बोकेको मनकामना मन्दिर हिन्दुहरुका लागि पुग्नै पर्ने धर्मिक स्थल । जहाँ बर्सेनि हजारौंले आफ्ना मनोकामना एवम्   कयौं भाकल पूरा होस भनेर धाउने गर्दछ्न । अरुको जस्तो अथाह मनोकामना नभएपनि केही प्राथना त माग्ने सोच पनि थियो मनकामना माइको सामु । बैशाख १२ र २९ गते गएको महाभुकम्पको केन्द्रबिन्दु रहेको गोरखा जिल्ला र गोरखा जिल्लामा अवस्थित मनकामना मन्दिर । त्यसैले यस यात्रामा धार्मिक पाटो मात्र जोडिएको छैन । भुकम्पले चर्काएको र हल्लाएका घर, गोठ, स्कुल र मनकामना मन्दिरको पनि बेग्लै कथा जोड्न खोजेको छु । घरबाट अलि अबेर हिडियो तर पनि आबुखैरेनी बाट उकालो लाग्दा बिहानको सात बजेको थियो । मर्स्याङ्दि र दरौदीको संगम भन्दा अलि तल बाट   झोलुङ्गे पुल तर्दै कानटार गाउँ बाट ठाडो उकालोको पैदल यात्रा...
Taplejung, The Wow Fareast!

Taplejung, The Wow Fareast!

Travelling is not just an action of moving hither and thither, it’s really being free, being into the wild and discovering yourself. This travel story is the result of the times I spent during my engineering studies, my journey to ‘the Far East-land’, TAPLEJUNG. It is famous for it’s natural resources and landscapes. Fungling Baazar  is the gateway to the Taplejung, and is the headquarter of Taplejung.  It rests on the slopes of magnificent Mahabharat Lekha (Hills) and is famous for the production of valuable herb, ‘Alaichi’ or Cardamom. I swear you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of this amazing place. Siddi Dada, Suketar are the major attractions of this area. While travelling to Siddi Dada, you pass through ‘Alaichi’ Plantations and river-streams which soothe your breathe. You can enjoy ‘Tongba’ and ‘Bhote’ Tea which are a great companion in the cold along with many other authentic items like  here with a chilly weather and the cool breezes. After Fungling Bazar, you could go to the most holy and sacred place in the East, ‘PATHIVARA’. Every year, many people visit Pathibhara for the religious purposes.  It’s said that your wish is fulfilled when you offer your prayers in the Pathibhara Devi Temple. It is about  5 hours Trek. You can feel the religious vibes on your body while trekking towards the Sacred Location. Small stops to rest with few houses and local Teahouses can be found on the way. The road is rough with a tough uphill walk. Walk for a while, rest a while, enjoy the hike. Through the wilderness, the silence in the woods always encourage you to go onwards. You can find plenty of Chautaras(Rest Stops, made by the locals in memory of their deceased family members or loved ones)...
Magnificent Khaptad.

Magnificent Khaptad.

The Khaptad national park is a protected area in the far western region, Nepal that was established in 1984. Stretching over the four districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti, it covers an area of 225 square kilometers. Khaptad National park was established on the advice of the region´s holy man Khaptad baba. During the full moon in August every year, a big festival takes place here, called “Dashara Mela” when Hindu pilgrims come to worship lord Shiva. The former Ashram of Khaptad baba is also a holy site, and Nagdhunga, Kedar Dhunga and Khaptad Daha are other holy sites. Khaptad has very beautiful landscapes that consists of moorland, steep slopes and streams, it feels as if it is piece of heaven on earth, and during May-August, you can see many horses grazing on the grassland which adds to the beauty of the park. There are 2 big grasslands in Khaptad with many smaller ones. Ghod Dauda Patan, Khaptad Patan are very popular for Charicharan(grazing of animals)during summer,and a serene lake by the side of Khaptad Patan,  Khaptad Daha,  is a holy lake and is believed that your sins gets washed away if you take a dip here. Wild animals like foxes deer and occasionally bears can be seen on the forests surrounding Khaptad. During June-July, many kinds of flowers bloom in the park, which glorifies its beauty. Khaptad is a beautiful trekking place, the natural beauty of this region and tranquility gives us profound way of thinking of innovative ideas. If you are really bored and want to explore the new world, Khaptad can be your next destination....