Theme: Revisiting the History – Part II ‘Destination Nuwakot’
Hiking Route: Trishuli Bazar – Nuwakot Durbar
Day: July 13, 2008, Sunday
Hike Coordinator: Ganesh Thapa
Participants: Ganesh Thapa, Vishnu Kshettri, Raju Maharjan, Sajan Sangraula, Bhanu Chalise, Madhav Sigdel, Babins Shrestha, Sunny Shakya, Prajwal Shrestha, Dipti Khanal, Shristi Rawal, Rajani Chulyadyo, Manisha Singh, Puja KC
Camera: SajanS, BhanuC, PrajwalS, ShristiR, RajuM and GaneshT
Creative Support: Dijup/Pallavi
I am not exaggerating, but I didn’t really get a good night sleep on Saturday night as I kept on thinking about the trip the next day. On a cloudy and misty ,Sunday morning, D2 team was all set to depart with the motto of making the hike to Nuwakot Durbar a historic one. The weather continued to be the same throughout the day with some occasional drizzles. The winding roads, amazing waterfalls, chilling foggy weather and lofty mountains entertained us throughout the journey.
We reached Trishuli Bazaar at around 12:15 pm. We had not expected Trishuli Bazaar to be so such a hot and humid place. Many of us were already drenched with sweat. We somehow managed to start the ball rolling up the hill to Nuwakot Durbar which was about 6 kilometers away from us. After climbing up through the forest for a while, the hikers were confronted with two ways, a regular motor way and the other being through the forest. These two ways divided the hikers into two groups. The steep and muddy way seemed to bring anybody down to their knees. Both the groups united at around half way up the hill. The group that took the way through the forest reached 15 minutes before us and that’s because “Two roads diverged in a wood, they travelled the one that was least travelled by and that made all the difference” difference in time taken to be precise. From the half way, all of us climbed the hill as a group. The group disbanded and reunited at many points.
Throughout the way, Shristi and Vishnu dai made us familiar with many species of plants over thereAfter a while, the sun appeared all of a sudden out of those clouds and it was too hot for us to climb up the hill. Climbing up the hill in such a hot and humid climate was the arduous part of the hike. All those efforts paid up, once we reached the Nuwakot Durbar. The panoramic view from there simply took us by surprise. Eastern views of the Himalayan foothills, the Tadi River through the valley below and on the river’s bank , the lush green fields of the agricultural farms, Western views of the Trisuli Bazaar, the narrow market streets of Trisuli Bazaar views of the Bagh Bagaincha (Tiger Garden ) and the traditional trekking route to Gorkha were simply breath-taking. Too bad, we could not see the beautiful scenes of Ganesh and Langtang Himal.. All were filled with joy and ecstasy when somebody from the group shouted, “Saat Talle Durbar”. Standing tall at seven storeys, it was the very Saat Talle Durbar, the once-palace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah that we had read in the school text books, back in the childhood days. What was more fascinating to know about the building was that even the 1990BS earthquake could do no any harm to it. But the joy couldn’t hang any longer in anybody’s face when the security person informed us that the palace was shut down for the time being due to present political condition in the nation.
It was the southern view of the Devighat, Battar and the confluence of the two rivers that gave us some relief. The Nuwakot Durbar looks historic with those ancient wood carvings and sculptures. The wood carvings that aged back to seventeenth century were fabulous piece of artifact. Besides Nuwakot Durbar there was Rani Mahal where dancers used to perform for the kings. It amazed us when somebody informed us that the dancers were brought in, even from Lucknow.
Beside palaces, there were Taleju Temple and Bhairavi temple. After visiting all the places, we rested for a while at Naya bazaar and went to Devighat where Tadi River and Trisuli River meet to become the greater Trisuli.- roaring aloud.. On the way back from the Devghat, we also discovered that the only school at Devghat was closed for summer vacation. We distributed copies and pencils to the local children over there. They were more than delighted to receive them.
Then we started the journey back to Kathmandu. On the way back home, the game of “Antakshari” between the front and back sitters made the journey even more fun-filled. After the nice meal, we continued the journey back home and nobody knew when the game of “Antakshari” had turned into a solo performance. Solo performances from Raju, Madhav, Shristi and Vishnu kept us entertaining throughout the way.
Please click on the image to see its large version.