Maipokhari is one of the major tourist destinations that can be developed and developed as a very attractive destination for the tourism sector.Ilam is the name of a beautiful district located in the eastern part of Nepal, known as the mine of beauty and the queen of the hills. Considered as a center of faith for Hindus and Buddhists, It is located at an altitude of 6,900 feet, about 15 kilometers north of the district headquarters of Ilam.
Maipokhari, spread over an area of about 1 km, was listed as a World Wetlands Area in October 2008.The area around the Botanical Gardens is also considered as an area of biodiversity. The Maipokhari area is home to a variety of orchid flowers, a variety of Lekali flowers and arches, incense, pine trees and herbs, as well as white rumped vultures, leopards, cats, urerian otters and the world’s rarest lizard (local name Thakthake).
There are also 300 species of birds in the area. Unfortunately, now with the increasing residential activity in this area, the growing tea cultivation around it has increased the threats and challenges to its existence. In particular, with the increase in human activities, the destruction of trees and the increasing use of inorganic pesticides in tea cultivation have become a threat to the entire ecosystem.
Fortunately, the locals have started fining to fight against that threat. It is certainly welcome that various activities are being carried out to formulate a code of conduct and to curb the activities that undermine the ecological balance and to raise public awareness. In any case, for those interested in tourism, Ilam district is a must-visit place.
On top of that, if you don’t go to Maipokhari after reaching Ilam, it will definitely be like eating vegetables without salt.The Maipokhari area, a 13-kilometer journey from the district headquarters Ilam, has gained worldwide recognition since it was inscribed on the World Ramsar List in 2008.
Although vows are made and pigeons are flown to fulfill one’s aspirations in there , which is considered to be a religious deity, the practice of Vali is forbidden. Maipokhari, a center of faith for Hindus, Buddhists and Kirant Mundhum, has a special puja and fair on New Year’s Day and Haribodhani Thuli Ekadashi.
Origin of Maipokhari The legend has it that water was generated by worshiping Gangaji to protect the place of worship after the construction of nine temples in nine corners by the Marut king of India. According to legend, in ancient times, the leaves that fell into the pond were always cleaned by the moths, the panchebaja, the bell rang and a kind of unique light came out of the pond and disappeared.
Maipokhari is a reflection of the cultural civilization of the whole of Ilam.In the Maipokhari area, which is spread over nine corners, the endangered carpets and endangered amphibians of the world, including tree frogs and more than 300 species of birds, have reached the pond with the melodious sound.
Located at an altitude of 2,121 meters, the 2-hectare reservoir is spread over an area of 12 hectares and attracts innumerable tourists every year to observe Sungohoro, Laligurans, Sunakhari, herbs, native fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.After visiting Maipokhari, one can travel three kilometers north to reach Deurali Bazaar. Deurali Bazaar area, which is the central office of Sandakpur village municipality, is also known as Martyr Bhumika. The Government of Nepal has also declared Maipokhari as one of the 100 destinations in the country.
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