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Hiking from Tamaghat to Palanchowk Bhagawati Temple via Lamidada
Hiking from Tamaghat to Palanchowk Bhagawati Temple via Lamidada

Report Section Palanchowk Bhagawati temple is 7-km north of the mountain of Panchkhal, 15 kilometers of Dhulikhel on the Arniko Highway and, 42 kilometers from Kathmandu. There is an idol of 3 feet high goddess Bhagawati artistically carved in a black stone. It is one of the most famous temples of goddess for Buddhists and Hindus. This temple is believed to have been constructed during the reign of King Man Dev. One can really enjoy the panoramic views of landscape from this vantage point. We can enjoy spectacular Nepalese panoramas of the Himalayan and the countryside. The temple is situated on the top of the Palanchowk hill named after Bhagawati, the height being 1563 meters, and is well connected by a motorable road from the Arniko Highway. Many pilgrims visit the temple especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays and animal sacrificing is also offered to the Goddess. During the great Dasain festival season, people from all over make a pilgrimage to Palanchowk Bhagawati. Palanchowk Bhagawati epitomizes the image of Durga Goddess where one does not find the impact of Rudra or Himsa. She is calm, peaceful, loving and showering her blessing. In addition to the religious importance, the beautiful scenes, view from the hill top is magnificent. Early in the morning, on Sunday, 01st of August 2010, we moved from D2 on office van at about 7:30 AM. After travelling for 1.5 hour we crossed Kathmandu and Bhaktapur districts and reached the beautiful city of Kavre District - Banepa. We took some breakfast there for half an hour and headed to our destination. After reaching Dhulikhel, we began to see beautiful scenario of Pachkhal valley. While travelling on office van we noticed places like Khawa, Keraghari, Tinpiple, Tamaghat and Lamidada. Finally we reached Tamaghat and started our hiking. After walking for an hour in Arniko Highway we reached Lamidada and departed from Arniko Highway and headed towards Palanchowk Bhagawati temple. The route was pretty muddy and slippery with some rain drops around. On the way, we decided to take some rest on a 'Chautari' by the side of the road. Manish was engrossed by the scenic beauty around. He decided to become the next tapaswi by doing meditation for a couple of minutes and discovered some modern meditation techniques as well. We took blessings from the QC goddess (Sangeeta) and continued to hike along the graveled road beneath the scorching sun that was playing hide and seek with clouds. After spending our toil for few more couple of minutes, we reached the temple at 1.30 PM. We worshipped the almighty, took blessings and shoot some pictures around. Finally, we departed the temple at around 2.15 PM. On the way, we decided to have some light food in a restaurant in Palanchowk. At around 4.30PM, we reached Kathmandu, had lunch in Thakali restaurant in Darbar Marg and finally, waved each other good bye. Summarizing, it was a hike in which we not only relaxed our mind from the burden of a weeklong 9 to 6 duties but also got spiritual relaxation. We brought back home warm memories to cherish.

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