Sikles Village of Kaski is becoming a tourist attraction. Sikles Village is located in the lap of Lamjung Himal where you can experience Gurung art and culture alive.
The village has about 400 households. It is located at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. After climbing the hill for an hour and a half, you reach the picturesque Racing Hill.
Bird and wildlife lovers can enjoy the rich culture of Gurung culture. In the forest of this region, various animals can be easily seen.
The Sikles Eco Museum in the village has also attracted the attention of everyone who visits it. The museum has materials depicting the costumes, lifestyle and traditions of the Gurung culture. The museum also provides information on herbs such as kutko, kurilo, satuwa, vish, jatamasi, siltimur, panchaanile and yarsagumba found in the Sikles area. The Sikles Village has also received international awards for its remarkable progress in the field of conservation. Homestays run by locals are available to stay and eat in Sikles Village . A room is available for 5/6 hundred rupees. By spending up to Rs 200, you can taste the Gurung food of your choice.
Sikles, 40 km north of Pokhara, can be reached on foot or by jeep. It takes about 4 hours to reach Sikles Village by jeep from Kahu Khola via Dhadbesi, Kavrekhola, Chhachok, Melcho, Thak, Taprang, Chipli and Parche.
The fair has not been hot in Nepal for many years. In recent years, the number of fairs and festivals has been increasing for the promotion and development of various places. It is amazing to hear that the 100-year-old Maghe Sankranti Mela has been brought to life in the tourist village of Sikles Village in Kaski, which is almost a thousand years old, with the active participation of the local youth.
Devi Jung Gurung, advisor of the local Sikles Youth Club, said that the Maghe Sankranti Mela, which has been in existence for more than a hundred years, has been continued by the local Sikles Village Youth Club with the objective of preserving its originality by passing on the prevailing culture to the new generation. “For the last 25 years, the fair has been promoted with the active participation of the local Sickles Youth Club.”
There is a different original story and trend related to the fair. Every year on the last day of Pus, the locals gather and clean the two important religious places of worship, Mhaudu and Famkyu. After cleaning, the uncut sheep is sacrificed in Mhaudu. There is a belief that after the sacrifice, the root will explode.
According to the tradition, on the last day of Pus at the original broken shrine, a crowd of people bathes here from 12 o’clock at night. The local elders have argued that the Maghe Sankranti fair has been held in Sikles Village for the last one hundred years based on the belief that the pilgrims who bathed at night would see a hundred people on the day of Sankranti.
Chairman of Sikles Parche Tamu Samaj Pokhara Subedar Ran Bahadur Gurung said that the Maghe Sankranti Mela has its own significance. He said that the fair has been becoming multi-purpose in recent times for the promotion of Sikles Village, a village full of nature and culture.
The village is located at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Looted in the lap of Lamjung Himal, this village is equally attractive for tourism due to the birds and wildlife found in the surrounding green forests.
It is a four-hour drive from Pokhara by means of transport. Another feature here is the lack of plastic and paper in the streets, houses and chowks due to the awareness of the local people and interest in sanitation.
As the last kingdom of the Gurung caste, Kolasonthar, can be reached in one day from this village, which has become like a living museum of the Gurung caste’s art and culture, in recent times, local and foreign researchers have been visiting Sikles for the study and research of the Gurung caste. The Sikles Village Eco Museum here is also useful for the study, observation and research of Gurung culture.
Tourists can see and learn about the herbs like Kutko, Kurilo, Satuwa, Vish, Jatamasi, Siltimur, Panchaonle and Yarsagumba found in the vicinity of the museum.
Bel Prasad Gurung, the organizer of the fair and the secretary of the club, informed that the club will hold the fair from January 1 to 4 this year with the idea of passing on the original nature and culture of the fair to the next generation. He said that the aim of the fair was to promote the nature and culture of Sikles Village as well as the low-lying Kfuche Lake in Nepal.
On the occasion of the fair, endangered sports like hakuche, goat throwing, snoring as well as various competitive programs including volleyball, basketball and dance are being organized.
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