Melamchighyang of Helambu
Helambu, Kiul, Palchowk, Mahankal and Echok VDCs of Savik are merged and located in the northwestern part of Sindhupalchowk district. Helmu village municipality is spread at an altitude of about 1000 to 5000 meters above sea level. According to the 2068 BS census, the total population of the village municipality is 17,671.
The upper part is dominated by Holmo and Tamang castes while the lower part is dominated by Brahmin, Chhetri, Damai, Kami and other castes. The major tourist centers here are Ama Yangri, Melamchigyang, Tarkeghyang, Sermathang, Kakani, Ghopteghyang, Palchoki Mai etc. There are many structures of historical importance like Gumba (Ghyang), Mane, Gufa etc. within the Helambu area.
The Holmo caste is predominant in the Helambu region. There are different opinions about the naming of the Yolmo area (Helmbu), the main settlement of the Holmo people. According to Dawa Sangwo Lama’s book (History of the Yolmapa Deva Nyetong Dynasty, 2062), this place is Nechhena Veyul Holmo. Nechhena means great place of pilgrimage. Veuel means a place where something precious is hidden.
Hyol means a place surrounded by mountains and mo means an area taken care of by the goddess i.e. mother Yangriddha. There is a strong opinion that the same word has become Helambu.
The light of education
The earliest settlement of Helambu area (formerly Helambu VDC) is Timbu and the last settlement is Melamchigyang. The last settlement, Melamchighyang-based Melamchighyang Residential High School, is not only popular in Helambu and Sindhupalchok Serofero, but also has become a model of Nepal for quality education, strict discipline and good management.
There is a team of dedicated teachers who fully support. That is why that school is alive. The light of education is shining brightly in Melamchigyang.
The houses of many ancient settlements (Khangba) like Ghyangyul, Tarkeghyang, Melamchighyang etc. of Helmu Serofero were like beehives. Uniform, very friendly and greedy. It is customary to carve carvings on windows and doors of houses in a very fine way, which is called ‘Mircha Kumba’ design in the Helmo language. The ground floor is called Hokang and the upper floor is called Sakang.
On the ground floor there is a beautiful hall for eating, sleeping and worshiping. The rented decoration of the wooden floor, wooden walls and wooden ceiling of the room is very attractive. Rental drawers (chiti) and dining hocho table (soljo) add sweetness to the beauty of the room. Helambu
In the Helmo community, it is customary to keep the kitchen room very well decorated. That drawer-like structure for rent is called a fast. The interior decoration of the newly built houses is the same as before. The village municipality is encouraging the construction of houses to preserve the original architecture.
Due to the lack of roads, electricity and schools in the scattered settlements, work is being done in various settlements with the concept of making them integrated. Tembathang is an example of that. Melamchighyang and Tarkeghyang are its big settlements, integrated settlements.
Roads are difficult
The biggest surprise for Helmu Serofero is the roadblocks. Most of the settlements are connected by unpaved motor roads. Nowhere is the road paved. There are few roads that can be used by motorists in all seasons of winter and rainy season. Even if motor vehicles run in all seasons of winter and rainy season up to Timbu Bazaar, it is not possible to drive in various settlements like Tarkeghyang, Nakote, Melamchigyang etc. Helambu
Most roads are narrow. The turns are not easy. Passengers are forced to take risky journeys as the roads are steep and steep. There is also a lack of concrete pools in rivers and streams. There are 10-12 buses plying daily from Kathmandu to Timbuktu. It is frightening to see that a wooden stick has fallen on the Chokfu of Nagote-Melamchigyang road section.Helambu
It is very important to make the road easy for the locals to live comfortably and for the tourists to move around easily. At the same time, footpaths should be organized. As it is a famous place for trekking, the footpath should be made comfortable with necessary infrastructures.
The work of printing stones, arranging public toilets and taps, constructing structures that make it easy to pour and view the scenery, constructing suspension pools where necessary, putting up signboards, etc., will definitely make the pedestrians feel like walking. Apart from upgrading motor roads, such works should also be given due attention. Helambu
The diligence of the youth
Helambu identity and face is changing again after local youths brought thousands of apple trees from the Himachal Pradesh of India a few years ago to keep its identity alive after the apples were eaten in Helambu, a beautiful tourist spot in the rural area known as the city of apples and tombs.
Local youths and tourism entrepreneurs have cheered after apple production started in small quantities in Shermanthang, Nakote, Melamchigyang, Tarkeghyang and Chhimighyang villages of Helambu.
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