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Hiking from Lele to Dakshin Kali

Theme: Festive Fever
Hiking Route: Lele to Dakshin Kali
Hike Coordinator: Puspa Raj Bhattarai
Day: October 19th, 2008
Team: Nawa Raj Awasthi, Mahesh Acharya, Sameer Tuladhar, Chandra Kishor Gauro, Srijana Pokharel, Puspa Raj Bhattarai
Photos By: Team
Report By: Nawa Raj Awasthi
Caption By: Nawa Raj Awasthi
Creative Support: Ganesh Thapa / Dijup Tuladhar

The Data Analytics team planned to continue the theme of Festive Fever by arranging a hike from Lele to Dakshinkali. And Puspa Bhattarai dai was shouldered the task of coordinating the hike. The Preparation of hike started from 16th of oct 2008 once the trail of the hike was finalized. Due to the work load of some of the members, a workshop on the same day of the hike and other personal reason/obligations of the rest of the members, the hiking team was of just seven members (including our own Ram Dai). The team was excited to explore the activities after Dashain as well as the natural beauty.

It was a clear day and the sun had just risen. As decided, every one of us met at around 6:30 on 19th oct 2008 (Sunday) in the building No. 2 of D2. Puspa dai was already  carrying a bag full of refreshment (chips, noodles,chocolates etc). We waited for about 15 more minutes hoping for some more of the enthusiasts. But nobody appeared. By then we had loaded the van with few notebooks and pencils to be distributed to the school children and also had a look into the headlines of the newspaper. We left for Lele at about 6:45. It is worth mentioning that it was the first hike for us all (five of us were new to D2 and Srijana was amazed to hear that Even Puspa dai who is involved with D2 for more than a year now have not been able to enjoy any of the hikes.) Moreover we were also not familiar with the trail.

We stopped for breakfast at Jawalakhel. Then we headed for Lele via khumaltar, Sunakothi in Lalitpur.Thanks to Ram dai for inquiring the way we should follow to reach Dakshinkali once we reached Lele, otherwise we would have wasted some of our time in the van itself. At around 9:00 a.m., Ram dai dropped us near Tikabhairav in Lele. He then left for Dakshinkali driving the van.

We had already loaded our bags with bottles of water and copies. We spent around 5 minutes capturing the panoramic hills and Himalayan range, green fields, people and the art and architecture and talking to the local villagers. We began to climb a small hill. At almost the top of the hill, we decided to take some help regarding the way. It was so nice of that lad in his early 20s who willingly offered to guide us the way through. Thanking him, we climbed down that hill. We saw some feathers as well as the remnants of “Ping” built for Dashain. The villagers must have had a wonderful Dashain.
We were slowly descending down the trail. We met a group of kids ascending the hill in school uniform. It was evident that they were heading towards the school. I started wondering how priviledged we were; we used to have school buses to carry us from one part of Kathmandu to another. Our first goal was to reach a school at “Duku Chap village”. We kept on walking taking about the beauty of the area and Nepal as a whole, cracking jokes and many others things. Chandra Ji’s special interest on capturing of flora and fauna even inside the bushes was admired and at the same time it was easy for Mahesh to crack a joke. Chandra Ji used to be lost in the photography much often and we used to ask him to move on time after time. After about an hour, we decided to have a short break. We drank water, sat down for a while laughed and talked. After a while Puspa dai said : “Aba Bistari lagau” and Srijana Promptly replied “Aghi dekhi Bistarai ta Hidhdai chau” and every body laughed.

We observed the marvelous mountains, fascinating mustard field, trees and traditional Nepalese houses. We even talked to the few people we met regarding the way they celebrated the Dashain and their plans for Tihar. This hike was not just a recreational activity but it was also a platform to get an insight into the lifestyle of the villagers.

Seeing a farmer ploughing the field near “Duku Chaap village”, Puspa Dai jumped into the field and asked the farmer for allowing him plough the field for a while. The farmer readily accepted and as soon as Puspa dai started to plough, the pair of bulls started to run and they forced puspa dai to run after them. Every one of us enjoyed this event.

Soon afterwards, Srijana joined a group of woman to help them out in loosening the soil. One of the woman asked her to hit hard at the soil stating “ Mato lai Dukhdaina” and everybody giggled.

It took us about three hours to reach Ganesh Madhyamik Vidhyalaya at “Duku Chaap” where we met students from class 1 to 7. We went inside each class and Sameer and Srijana were the most interested ones in asking questions to students as well as  sing a song. Their efforts were awarded and we distributed the copies, pencils and chocolates we carried along with us to each and every student. Before leaving the school we inspired them to study hards and it was good to see that there were few girls among the students. We thanked the teachers for allowing us intervene them during class hours. One of the teachers suggested us that we should go towards the “Danuwar Village” as well and we headed towards the same. It was there where we saw the true picture of Nepal. It was undoubtedly the area of poor Danuwars. The kids of that village were deprived of education and even the old woman in 80s was seen to prepare a mattress (gundri) out of straw, for the upcoming Tihar. We soon reached the bridge near the Nakhu River.

We sat down and were about to end our refreshment time. Just then an old Nepalese woman in 60s appeared in front of us and greeted us. We replied and offered her chocolates. She refused it stating that she hates sweet. We then handed over a packet of “Wai Wai” to her. Chandra Ji asked “Anybody Needs water” and she was the first to reply with a “Yes” with british accent. We were puzzled and later on guessed that it must have been the outcome of the “Proudh Sikhchyya”.

We crossed the suspension bridge and then started to climb a huge mountain. Somebody told us that it would take around 1 hour to reach the peak. After few minutes we saw a couple harvesting the paddy. Sameer jumped into the field to help them out followed by me and then Chandraji. We helped them for a while. We started to ascend again. It was only now that we realized how tiring a hike is. We used to take a 3 minutes break after 20 minutes climb. We used to ask anybody whom we met on the way the duration to reach Dakshinkali and the answer used to be the same (about an hour) all the time. Chandra ji had stopped dancing and even taking pictures as he used to, Sameer was reluctant to move his feet, Srijana used to take mint (polo) and water to re-energize herself, and so did the rest. Every body was fatigue striken by the time we crossed the Seti devi village development committee. It was almost quarter to 3 when we reached the top of the hill and at the mid of the hill was located “Dakshinkali”. We mad our way down the pine forest slipping in the dried pine leaves. Finally we saw Ram dai near to the van waiting for us for a long time. We then went to the Dakshinkali temple and took blessings from goddess. Then we started to return back towards Kathmandu. We rested for a while in Tau daha near to Chaubhar. Everybody was hungry by now and we decided to have something. So we landed up in The Bakery Café in Jawalakhel. It was already 6 p.m. when we left for D2 from Jawalakhel.

All in all it was a marvelous experience. Thank you Vishnu dai for helping us out to decide the trail and thanks D2 for the platform you have provided.

Let us finish covering headlines
01-Let us finish covering headlines
source of pollution
02-source of pollution
even the village houses are cluttered.jpg
03-even the village houses are cluttered.jpg
Snow capped houses
04-Snow capped houses
just started climbing
05-just started climbing
team members
06-team members
 Nepalese lifestyle- Can't stand straight
07- Nepalese lifestyle- Can’t stand straight
 Try until death
08- Try until death
 Its just the beginning
09- Its just the beginning
 Village boys go to boarding schools as well
10- Village boys go to boarding schools as well
 There's the destination
11- There’s the destination
 This way guys
12- This way guys
 When will i reach Dakshinkali
13- When will i reach Dakshinkali
 Botanist turned Engineer.jpg
14- Botanist turned Engineer.jpg
 kerosene is scarce
15- kerosene is scarce
 Typical village house
16- Typical village house
 I love chocolate
18- I love chocolate
 Smile please
19- Smile please
 How will Tihar end
20- How will Tihar end
 Will you take us to school
21- Will you take us to school
This is not grazing ground
22-This is not grazing ground
Where to head now
23-Where to head now
 Still a long way to go
24- Still a long way to go
Hikers in Duku Chap village
25-Hikers in Duku Chap village
Isn't the tree tall
26-Isn’t the tree tall
 A well decorated house
27- A well decorated house
Scrubbing the field
28-Scrubbing the field
An old farmer
29-An old farmer
Mato lai dukhdaina
30-Mato lai dukhdaina
Education for all
31-Education for all
 Is it possible for us to go to boarding school
32- Is it possible for us to go to boarding school
 Danuwar Village
33- Danuwar Village
 Its really difficult to pass time
34- Its really difficult to pass time
 Will my child arrive in Tihar
35- Will my child arrive in Tihar
-Preparation for Tihar
36 -Preparation for Tihar
 Where is the owner
37- Where is the owner
We are  deprived of education
38-We are deprived of education
 Nepals asset mountains and river
39- Nepals asset mountains and river
 Keep yourself clean
40- Keep yourself clean
 Why Loadshedding occurs
41- Why Loadshedding occurs
Refreshment time
42-Refreshment time
Shaky Suspension bridge
43-Shaky Suspension bridge
 I am not tired
44- I am not tired
 Kathmanduites pollute Nakhhu as well
45- Kathmanduites pollute Nakhhu as well
 Migration from field to home
46- Migration from field to home
Quota for whole year
47-Quota for whole year
 This way please
48- This way please
When will i go to school
49-When will i go to school
Where will this trail lead us
50-Where will this trail lead us
 Bit tired now
51- Bit tired now
Seti Devi VDC
52-Seti Devi VDC
 Relaxation time
53- Relaxation time
 Dashain is over folks
54- Dashain is over folks
 No more walking now
55- No more walking now
Dakshinkali mai
56-Dakshinkali mai
 Aba ta juraideu.jpg
57- Aba ta juraideu.jpg
 Import Verification
58- Import Verification
Team in Tau daha
59-Team in Tau daha
 I am done now
60- I am done now
Hike is over
61-Hike is over
Field of gold
62-Field of gold

49 thoughts on “Hiking from Lele to Dakshin Kali

  1. i loved pic no 55
    yeh dil aagaya tumpar
    bihe garne ho ma sanga?? i promise to be good husband n a true life partner
    do u wanna parter???


  3. 🙄 feels as now even we can do sth not manything in upcoming days badhai chha once more C K DAI…..

  4. Shutterbug’s Pictures Rating.

    Perfect Shot: ’26-Isn’t the tree tall’
    Creative Shot: ’40- Keep yourself clean’
    Well Captured Shot: ‘ 58- Import Verification’
    Nature’s Best Shot: ’08- Try until death’
    Hilarious Shot: ’28-Scrubbing the field
    Prize Winning Shot: ’62-Field of gold’

    Keep clicking!!

  5. siru, hiking ma dherai hidnu parcha vanera thaha thiyena talai??? why saying no more walk… hahahahha
    pic 55.

  6. comment for pic 06.
    “team members” rae… i think sameer is missing there ani kasari bhayo ta team member….
    6 janai basaera khicheko bhaye ajhai ramro hunthyo.
    anyways photo ramro aako cha. must have clicked by sameer. coz he is missing in that pic. is it so???


  7. is pic 04 a real picture???
    it seems like it is a painting.
    good job who ever has clicked that pic 04.

  8. pic 01.
    hiking ko start nai newspaper padhera…
    katai tyo din bato ta bandha cha ki chaina vanera hereko ho headline ma… 🙄 ???
    thnk to god bata banda thiyaena.

  9. good to know that u had a gr8 time. it can be seen in pic itself how happy u were sameer.
    hope to see ur next hiking pic soon.

  10. truely the hiking was amazing…had lots n lots of fun….puspa dai ko field scrubing was the most memoriable incident

  11. Puspa dai le data ta data field pani chodenan.. scrub gardihale…pic 28.. great pictures.. missed it..

  12. I am glad to know you all enjoyed the excursion and thank you for mustard gold they always help me feel happy.

  13. What do i say, all i can say is, I’ve never seen a better picture taken, than the picture #26, awesome!!! And the rest of the hike seemed fun as well, less people, less noise, more time together.

  14. Seems all the hikers were rookie.

    Nice presentation, good coordination of pics that tells a story mixed with hummer, emotions and the social aspect. A complete package;

    Simple but beautiful and powerful hike.

    Hats off…

  15. hats off to picture picture number 26, 34,35 ……………i should have joined this hike 🙁 …………….

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