Kalinchowk : A Travel Experience
As it was a little late to leave Kathmandu, the headlights of the vehicle we were riding in were already on when we reached Khadichaur. After crossing Lamosangu and climbing a small hill, a white pole erected on the side of the road indicated that Charikot had 55 km left.
The lights scattered all over the village of Sunkoshi began to look dimmer and sweeter as we climbed. Although it was difficult to estimate the direction and speed of the vehicle in the dark, we felt that the altitude was very high. The speed of vehicles from Kathmandu to Khadichaur slowed down after leaving the Araniko Highway.
The road from Khadichaur to Charikot was widened but not good. On the way, long trailers carrying heavy goods of Upper Tamakoshi Hydro were sliding. It took us more than 3 hours to cross 55 km beyond him.
Spending time inside the dark and sluggish car with nothing visible outside was just to immerse oneself in the meso music. The driver pressed the ‘stop button’ after the turn of ‘Suna Sahili …’ in the series that was constantly ringing. Suddenly he began to express himself as if he remembered something.
The car we owned belonged to him, including some part of the financial institution. Prior to this, he had been based in Dubai for 18 years and had driven cargo vehicles to various Gulf countries. After 40 years, like the spirit of the song, he has returned to Nepal to enjoy with ‘Sahili’.
Being a passenger driver in the country, he seemed to be happy to live with his experienced profession and family. He reached Charikot at 9 pm stating the political and social situation he witnessed during his foreign employment.
It is under the road from Charikot to Dolakha Bazaar. There are some resorts that have been opened by local youths who have left Kathmandu. The resort, which is run on ancestral land, uses local ingredients. S.
The waiter in the dining hall was giving us some information about the resort along with the food. “The vegetables are grown in the canal below the resort,” said the waiter.
According to the operator, the pressure of indigenous travelers to visit Kalinchok Bhagwati and Dolakha Bhimeshwar from Kathmandu and other places to see the snow-capped mountains and play snow in the Kalinchok-Kuri area has increased. For this reason, they are also optimistic that business will flourish.
We checked out of the hotel at around 5 am the next morning. From Charikot, we reached Kuri Bazaar at 6 o’clock, crossing 17 km by car on a hilly dirt road in the middle of the forest. Looking south from the heart of Kuri Bazaar at an altitude of about 3300 meters above sea level, the mountains were seen below.
Our destination was still the hill to the north.
Shortly after leaving Charikot Bazaar, he climbed through a dense forest of tall trees. As we reached the Kuri Bazaar, we saw grassy hills, butyan and pothra pothri. Snow is frozen around the market area. You have to walk another 500 meters to reach the 3,800-meter Kalinchok peak. For the next few months, the option of hiking seemed to be getting ready.
The bottom station of the Kewalkar project under construction and two pyramid-shaped towers have already been erected at Thaplo of Kuri Bazaar.
We got hot after drinking hot water and tea in Kuri Bazaar. The housewife inspected us and said that we would arrive in about an hour and a half. Looking at the peak from Kuri, it was not so far away. The initial step seems to be reached in an instant. But it takes more time to slow down and normalize the heart and lungs than to walk uphill.
Thankfully, the benches are in a state of disrepair. Walk and relax until you can. Most of the returnees reassured me that the road ahead was not difficult. We were walking with the energy of those words.
As the altitude increased, the former shrubs declined and turned into weeds such as hay, babio, and fine grass. We reached Chuchuro in about 2 hours.
Kalinchok was a crowd of pilgrims worshiping Bhagwati. The youngsters were captivating the nature around them in their gadgets and enjoying selfies.Except for the nearby snow-capped mountains, all the surrounding hills looked low, and ascended from Charikot, they looked huge.
Kalinchowk is adorned with flags and bells offered during worship. Goddess Bhagwati, adorned under the open sky, as well as Mahadev, will be worshiped in a narrow but elongated flat area of Chuchuro. A well with a small mouth with little water was seen at the shrine. The priest anointed the water by dipping a 5-6 feet long instrument in the water and saying that it was about 7 feet deep.
According to the priest, there is a legend that the structure of the temple should not be built in this holy place. On the west side, there was a terrace covered with zinc sheets that could accommodate 10-15 people. Ganesha idol on the east side. Lungda, offered by the Buddhists, fluttered with the speed of the wind, as if the smooth, beautiful blue sky could be touched by opening the canopy.
Even though we were enjoying the cold weather, our stomachs started demanding breakfast and we had to return to Kathmandu in the evening.We reached Kuri Bazaar in less time than boiled and had breakfast. After the meal, we boarded a car waiting for us and reached the temple of Tripurasundari Bhagwati at the end of Dolakha Bazaar.
The temple was completely damaged by the earthquake and has been laid to rest and is awaiting completion. It is said that after seeing Kalinchowk Bhagwati, one should visit Tripurasundari Bhagwati. But here, instead of seeing the goddess directly, it is customary to worship and offer offerings through a priest. Tripurasundari, Kalinchowk and Baglamukhi are the three deities worshiped in Dolakha as sisters, said the priest of Tripurasundari.
The location of these three temples was established triangularly so that the three sisters could see each other. After climbing a few steps from the Tripura Sundari Bhagwati Temple, you will reach the famous Dolakha Bhimeshwar Temple. Adjacent to Dolakha Bazaar, this temple has three streams of water flowing from attractive rocks.
There we washed our hands and mouths and drank water. We came to know that Bhimeshwar Mahadev and Bhimsen are also worshiped in the stone idols installed in the temple. We were amazed for a moment to see a large quantity of incense (agarbatti) in the worship materials in the hands of the devotees lined up in the temple.
However, it is believed that the business will flourish when the incense is offered to the Bhimeshwar temple and taken to his place of business. After visiting Bhimeshwar, we left Dolakha Bazaar for Kathmandu and reached home the night before we reached Charikot. During the short two-day trip to Kathmandu Dolakha, we felt very close to nature, geographically close to the capital, and gained knowledge and spiritual knowledge of some religious places.
The experience of a pleasant journey was truly gripped by the scenes seen on the way during the journey. That is, even 30 months after the quake, the quake-ravaged and half-demolished houses and the temporary tents and thatched roofs built around them. And flags with election symbols of different parties painted in red and green on a white background cloth hung in huge numbers along the way.