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.
49 thoughts on “Hiking from Lele to Dakshin Kali”
how much nice time you had guys….tell me more plzz
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???
Nice Collection Photos, dhere nye ramro cha. . . . . Rajan Chettri
All snaps are awesome — great capture guys. EU Rocks!
PICTURE 08 KO CAPTION BHAENA KA TRY UNTIL DIE NI MARE PACHHI KE MAJJA TRY N SURVIVE THATS CALLED TRUE ZEAL OF LIFE
🙄 feels as now even we can do sth not manything in upcoming days badhai chha once more C K DAI…..
Thank you all for your comments ….We really enjoyed the hike….
Good caption, good report. Pic 40 is simply a great capture.
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’
Who is this “Shanti”? Bringing “Ashanti” here? Go Shanti go! We need “kranti” too!
looking gr8 in pic 60 and background pani dherai ramro cha.
looking forward to go there.
siru, hiking ma dherai hidnu parcha vanera thaha thiyena talai??? why saying no more walk… hahahahha
siru katti agloo bhako. hiking gayera tero height chai badecha. pic 25.
arae… its seems like only i’m writing comments on it.
aru coments haru kata harayae???
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???
is pic 04 a real picture???
it seems like it is a painting.
good job who ever has clicked that pic 04.
comment for pic 22, 23 n 26.
“hariyo baan Nepal ko dhan”
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.
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.
Nice captions and captures.
and ya somebody answer Awsiv question for 41-Why Loadshedding occurs :
Did you turn that light off? 🙂
Chandra dai, howz ur first hike in D2?
Missed it guys…
Cheers for hikers
small team but good hike
picture 62’s awesome..
truely the hiking was amazing…had lots n lots of fun….puspa dai ko field scrubing was the most memoriable incident
Good framing. simply good photographs.
May be this year. 57- Aba ta juraideu
Hiking experience ramailo nai bho..I had nice time.
The report, pictures and captions are simply awesome. I am sure you guys had a blast.
Puspa dai le data ta data field pani chodenan.. scrub gardihale…pic 28.. great pictures.. missed it..
Nice !Nice !
I am glad to know you all enjoyed the excursion and thank you for mustard gold they always help me feel happy.
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.
Ke ho Puspa Dai ,
Hiking ma pani Scrubbing ……………….
Great job … 😆
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.
41-Why Loadshedding occurs :
Did you turn that light off?
good scrubing puspa.
forgot to add ……….interestin g report and suitable captions 🙂
hats off to picture picture number 26, 34,35 ……………i should have joined this hike 🙁 …………….
ahhhhhh……… picture no 22,26, 35,36 and 41 . Are these picture copyleft?
Pic 62 is nice.
first hiking experience kasto vo ta saathi haru?
pic 55…looking cute!
good one.. nice pictures. esp “Will my child arrive in Tihar”
la ma pani jani ni !!
62-Field of gold very good concept and good shot.