The crowd of Kathmandu is great. It is the powerhouse of the enthusiasm, hope and unity. At the same time it the cause for the pollution and the cause which is making this beautiful valley in the crowded slum area. The faces are being irritated and the movement are being torturing to the daily life so to be away from this beautifully crowded city and to do some volunteering work we went to the Lamjung.
About 400 participant in such a remote area, unbelievable. We had our own vehicle and it took us about 5 hours form the Dumre (a station while travelling Pokhara-Kathmandu). On the way we passed through the central point of Nepal that is “Duipiple of Lamjung” It is the cross-section point of the lines joining east west and north south of Nepal. The government and the local communities actually had not done anything to promote the place. We actually knew it was the central point after we reached the destination as local person told it. If it had been promoted, it would have known while passing though that place. However, in Nepal there are more such places which need its identification and glory.
A heath camp was being done in the area and I was representing Rotaract Club of Kathmandu at that place. Rotaract club is one of the service oriented club and the health camp was jointly organized by Rotaract club of Kathmandu, Rotaract club of Lamjung, Rotary Club of Lamjung and other organizations. The program was held in the remote part, and the participation of about 400 was huge participation. There was special treatment for the eye and teeth problem. On top of that the sufferers were provided free medicine for the length of time they needed medication, also the spectacles with the required power were provided free of cost.
Geologically the position was almost at the top of the mountain and the interesting fact is that there were seven taps and the water flow with same velocity and amount throughout the year so the locals worship to that tap thinking it’s a magical gift also the place was named after the tap. Saptadhara meaning seven taps.
Also, what I found worth stating is that, there are really few youths as most of them have travelled to the Pokhara or Kathmandu or other parts of Nepal or world for earning their livelihood and some countable number of boys and girls who were there were already married at their young age.
Once the top tourist destination, the starting point for the Annapurna trek has been slowly turning to the urban concrete. Few tourists stays over there because of the alternative ways to the trek and motor vehicles has shortened the Annapurna Circuit trek route form 21 days to 14 and now 10 or even less 7 days. These shifting has changed the local scenario of the Besisahar. Most tourist are no longer starting their trek from there and the local occupancy has changed a lot.
We stayed in the hotel Gangapurna, the hospitality was great however the food was not so good and I don’t want to remember the taste of the local fish. Besides, this place is also famous for the local liquor known as jhor (or something like that which they also call jhaanko local raksi ) we were late in the hotel so we could not even taste to that. However the place was great for social interaction and stay.
The place is slowly converting to the urban area with less planning and management. May be they may be thinking the tourist don’t more stay here so why to make this place more attractive or maybe they are in planning phase, I didn’t went to detail of that things.
I had great imagination related to its beauty and attraction but it all went to vein as I reached there. Personally I did not enjoy much. However the persons who had been there before said that I was in off season to watch the glory of Bandipur.
From my observation, the most attractive part of Bandipur was not the place where there is playground from where the Majestic Himalayas can be seen but the place where the ancient stones and bricks are arranged in such flawlessly that it represents our culture, tradition and the way of living. That spot just below the temple is enough for the tourist to hold on for some days.
Back to Kathmandu
Then we came back to Kathmandu and the most interesting fact is that we did not have to sit on the jam in and around Thankot, Noubise area. We felt wonderful. We had travelled several times in and out of that place but we rarely get that chance.
And this time back to the crowd of Kathmandu being the part of the crowd
((thanks to suraj for arranging great trip. also thanks to anil, mitesh, bibek, padam, pramij ,for the great time together.))