The roads NOT TAKEN– It is said that a tourist should know where he has to go, but a traveler should never. With these “lesser-known” destinations of Nepal, let the road take its own course- 2018 Dec 27, The Himalayan Times
Nepal is worlds epic destination and there is always something for Travel and Leisure, Roads not taken in Nepal is filled with the wilderness of the Himalayas, diversified culture, natural resources, and taste of wonderful experiences. But the tragic truth is some of those are beyond travelers textbook content and has not come up in media’s grip too. As being close to the new-year-beginnings, let’s have a look a the milestone of our country.
PANCH POKHARI OF SINDHUPALCHOWK
A myriad of tours and travel signifies this point as an unspoiled trekking trail for those who seek adventure but ultimately carries a religious significance. It is more of a pilgrimage than just a holiday spot.
The five holy lakes perched up in a hill Surrounded by Jugal Himalayan Range are given a divine status, seen by many believers as the place to absolve of one’s skin. One of the resemblances of this site is the occasion of Janai Purnima- a ritual changing of the sacred thread (Janai).
Panch Pokhari is located in Langtang National Park. Chautara or Jalbire will be the starting according to the itinerary you customize. The best season to be in this place is the Autumn of September and November.
The Rinchenling Gompa is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal. This monastery can be found in the Limi Valley, which is situated on Nepal’s north-western border with Tibet and nestled at an astounding elevation of 3,600 m. Due to its proximity to Tibet, it is the Tibetan language that is spoken by the people of the Limi Valley and one of the beautiful regions of Himalayan Nepal but still remote.
According to tradition, the Rinchenling Gompa was founded by Rinchen Zangpo either during the 10th or 11th century AD. Rinchen Zangpo is best remembered for the role he played in the translation of Buddhist texts into the Tibetan language. The Rinchenling Gompa surrounds a rectangular open courtyard. Primary room for the religious function can be found on the upper two stories of the monastery’s northern side that includes the assembly halls and the library.
It is roughly six-days walk from the nearest airstrip in Simkot over highly exposed trails. Accommodations are either the Haji Village guest house or camping facilities.
THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S (IP) TRAIL
In the tourism year 2011, the Nepal Tourism Board along with the UN had opened a new trail for trekking in Ramechhap district to promote tourism there. The trail is a culturally focussed, permit free low altitude trek just 80 km east of Kathmandu
The highest point of the trek is the Sailung Peak offering glorious views of the mountains stretching from Annapurna to the Everest. The easiest way is to start from Dunche and hike downhill to Lubughat. Ramechhap bound buses run daily to Mude from Kathmandu’s Ratna Park bus station at 6:30 am.
Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008 and there is a little information available on the area.
The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet.
The Tsum Valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarewa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.
The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak.
The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.
The most convenient way is an 8-hour long drive from Kathmandu to Arughat in Gorkha district. Before reaching the valley, the trail passes through a number of vibrant villages and towns of Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. For your simplicity, you can try the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking.
OUT IN THE WILD
According to Lonely Planet, Bardia National Park is the largest national park in Terai region. Although a well-known sanctuary among the Nepalese, the park isn’t as frequented as the Koshi Tappu or the Chitwan National Park. Perhaps, this is why its beauty and wilderness are unspoiled by the commercial developments that have engulfed other such destinations. One can raft through the park for hours on end and not encounter another person.
As Nepal Tourism Board, points out, there are several safari lodges in Bardia that provide excellent accommodation and facilities for guests to enjoy wildlife activities. You can take an SUV or a bus to Bardia National Park from the airport (Nepalgunj) which is about 3-hours away.
Hopefully, these destinations will offer you an experience that you can call on your own and you can excel the roads not taken.