Travelling through Nepal is always very special to me. What amazes me the most is that there are so many different landscapes, building styles and beauty in the mountain range. Sometimes they are similar, sometimes they are different but they are always breathtaking and beautiful. In August, I got chance to visit another beautiful place with my youth team colleagues from office into mid-West Nepal. Our trip was 11 days long. Here I am giving you a walk through of my wonderful trip on a day by day basis.
Magic everywhere when we travel
Drive from Kathmandu to Beni bazar. We started at 9 O’clock in the morning from Kathmandu by tourist bus. It took 10 hours to reach Beni bazar. We stopped at Satrasaya for lunch at 1 o’clock. After we reached Beni, we had dinner and discussed the details and share experience of the day before going to bed.
It was monsoon so it was so green and full of wildflowers!
After breakfast in the hotel, we walked around Beni. Beni is a pretty town by a river. When I looked across from the river, there was a beautiful hill with long stone steps carved into it. I really wanted to explore this hill and find out where those steps led but we were supposed to start early to our next destination so I kept quite. After we had breakfast, we learnt that our jeep wouldn’t be ready until 1PM. We had enough time to explore more. So all of us decided to go explore the other side of Beni. I was so happy.
so excited in Beni
The hill on the other side led up to a village called Jaljala. It was a beautiful valley with a remarkable temple and a museum housed inside a magnificent Malla palace which was at least a 100 years old.
exploring Jaljala in our unexpected free time
We were back to Beni by lunchtime. We drove from Beni at 12: 45 pm in afternoon passing Jaljala village and after 5 hours reached Nangi village. In this monsoon, the road was quite difficult as it was slightly raining. The road was very muddy. After we reached Nangi, first we arranged our room in the beautiful community lodge. We had tea and coffee to warm ourselves up. In Nangi, there was free wifi all over the village. After tea/coffee, we met with Toya Pariyar.. We got lots of information about Nangi village and its development from him.
Day 2 ending with a lively discussion with Toya and another friend in Nangi
When I woke up in the early hours, it was raining outside. I was quite sad because we could not seen any view from the community lodge. For breakfast, we decided to have buckwheat pancake – a local delicacy. It was a new dish for me and I really liked it. After breakfast, we first went to visit the local herb nursery. The orchid collection there was huge. I was most impressed with the orchids. We then visited the local health post which had telemedicine services. This was a shocking discovery for me as I had never heard or seen about such technology. I was so so glad to learn about tele medicine.
Next, we visited a shop run by local group of women. They make many handicraft item out of paper that they produce themselves. They demonstrated how they spend their days collecting wood, shaving imperfections off the bark, soaking and drying the bark, and ultimately crafting the bark into pulp and then paper. This has helped in bringing money to the village through the sale of paper to countries outside Nepal. The paper is used in products ranging from notebooks to wine holders. There were other items such as knitted garments, upcycled plastic baskets, and so on in this shop.
Next we visited the local school to learn about tele teaching. The teachers use technology to teach everything from programming software applications to learning about different cultures around the world.
We also learnt that people here drink yak blood once or twice a year. Yak blood is believed to contain medicinal properties and other healthful benefits. This was the first time I heard about this tradition. This was too scary and awful for me, and I wouldn’t have been able to see it live.
Our day at Nangi