24th Jan 2010
Suresh Maharjan, Pravinda Ranjit, Kapil Pandey, Ravi Sharma, Pawan Pandey, Pawan KC, Basu Dahal, Suresh Thapa, Pragya Ratna Bajracharya, Surendra Nath Adhikari, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Jehen Joshi, Manoj Rokka, Dijup Tuladhar, Bishwadeep KC, Abishesh Joshi, Bhaskar Shrestha, Ashutosh Mishra, Deepak Maharjan, Adam Manandhar, Bipin Karmacharya, Jay Sedai, Vishnu Kshetri
I was very much excited when I saw my name in the hikers list for the very first hike of D2Hawkeye.
As usual we were bit late to move on though. Nonetheless, the lure I have had for the trip was intact in me. After having the typical Nepalese brekky at Surya Binayak, we moved for the starting point, Panauti.
We reached Panauti at around 9:30 and that appeared very colorful as ‘Makar Mela, a religious event taking place, which happens once in every 12 years. And it is believed that if any pilgrim who journeys to a this sacred place as an act of religious and have bathe at the junction of Roshi and Ladku river will be pardoned for their sin and anxieties that has been committed in the past.
We began our journey from Panauti towards Balthali Village Resort. On the process of stroll most of teammates were busy with their clicking machines and others were busy sharing their past experience of college life and jokes. This reminded me a phrase that we hear on TV ‘Walk when you talk’. It was really an interesting interact with colleagues. Ashuthosh’s experience of the college life was much interesting and very romantic.
Balthali Village starts in a small village which is a small sleepy settlement which rests at the junction of Roshi and Ladku river. Balthali Village stands on a plateau which is just beyond Khopasi, 40km away from Kathmandu. The area surrounding the Balthali retreat is thickly forested with luxuriant floras, and sal trees cover the hill that undulates and opens out to terrace fields. The treks in untouched village like this have a pleasant feeling and worth for knowing the village culture and also we can promote Village Tourism of Nepal.
The cool breeze of the rivers and shade of the forest added energy on us that helped us walking more pleasantly. A walk of nearly two hours led us to Balthali Village Resort, where our lunch was being cook. The Resort has been built on top of hill above Balthali village. This station provides view of beautiful landscape of the village also the Mountain ranges. As the day was sunny we could see the full range of GauriShankar, Lakpadorje Mountains. I just remembered the global warming conference that was organized in Copenhagen. The Himalayas which were always covered with sludge snow is slowly disappearing and gradually rocks are being appear-“a touchy subject”!
The delicious lunch, garnished with organic vegetables, along with appealing view of landscape, hills, mountains and soothing villages and the religious act of Panauti ‘Makar Mela, caused me to feel better that completed to a perfect holiday. I believe my hiker mates experienced even to an exuberant compliment!