Gajedi Taal Rupandehi’s Kanchan village municipality ward no. Lake Danapur, located at 1, is becoming a center of water tourism. Danapur, an attractive natural lake in Rupandehi district, attracts a large number of internal and external tourists. The physical structure built in this lake complex, which is full of attractive topography and beautiful natural beauty, also makes the lake look very beautiful. Gajedi Taal
The lake complex, which is full of people going for picnics and walks every day, is equally competitive in taking selfies. The Lake Festival is held here every year to increase tourist arrivals. Around one hundred domestic tourists visit this lake daily. They enjoy boating. The lake is in the area of Samaymai Forest Users Group. Chairman of the Forest Users Group, Min Bahadur Thapa, informed that people are crowding in the sheds of the picnic sites built on the banks of the river every day.
It is expected that the festival to be held in the lake complex, which is also available for boat sharing, will further help in the promotion of tourism. Gajedi Taal
Once protected for watering livestock and birds, the lake is now becoming the ‘Phewa Lake’ of Rupandehi district. Situated between thorn bushes and ajambari bushes, the then small pond has now expanded to 19.5 hectares and has become a tourist attraction. Although the locals started protecting the lake from 2038 BS, it was hidden for a long time due to lack of publicity and promotion. The place has been arranged to have a picnic in about 50 groups. Gajedi Taal
Thapa said that a 10-year master plan of the lake has been formulated after the influx of internal and external tourists to the lake. According to Thapa, a master plan costing Rs 1 billion has been formulated to make the lake a model tourist destination. Along with the master plan, the area of the lake is targeted to be expanded to 22 hectares. Gajedi Taal
According to the master plan of Samaymai Community Forest Users Group, which is spread over an area of 92.02 hectares including the lake, the aim is to make Pokhara like Phewa Lake by enhancing the beauty of the lake and attracting internal and external tourists, said local journalist Jagilal Thapa.
According to the master plan, a 60-meter-high 15-storey view tower will be constructed at a cost of Rs 100 million in the Danapur Lake complex to increase the tourist attraction of Danapur Lake. Similarly, a well-equipped water park with two swimming pools will be constructed next to the view tower at a cost of Rs 60 million. Gajedi Taal
An island wetland will be constructed in the middle of such a lake. There are plans to build a 1,000-capacity meditation center on the east side of the view tower and a zoo on the northeast side, said Thapa. There will be an attractive wooden entrance to enter the lake, a botanical garden, a seminar hall, a playground, a museum and a love park to the north of the view tower. Similarly, an open marble sculpture workshop site will also be constructed. Gajedi Taal
Similarly, parking space will be constructed to accommodate four wheelers and two wheelers. A sky bridge will also be built to cross the lake and go to the picnic spot. In order to maintain the green environment around the lake, the master plan includes tree planting, construction of disability-friendly foot trek around the lake for morning walk and jogging for tourists and locals. The length around the lake is about 5 kilometers.
Footpaths will be constructed on both the inside and outside of the lake, said Chairman Thapa. There are also plans to install fox lights around the entire lake to make it more attractive. The master plan also includes the construction of drains around the lake to prevent water and other waste products from entering the lake. In order to increase the income of the locals, home stay will also be conducted in the settlements near the lake with the investment of the locals. Gajedi Taal
“The goal is to make Danapur like the famous Phewa Lake of Pokhara,” said Thapa. Thapa said. Rare wildlife can also be seen in the 43.78 hectare lake area which has been designated as an eco-tourism area. In the lake area, wildlife such as cats, chitals, tigers, wolves, deer, deer, deer, jarayo, bandel, nil gai, dumsi, fox, rabbit, jarayo can be seen. The lake is home to a variety of geese, including storks, ghumuwa kokal, parakeet, jureli, lahache, forest chickens, nilakantha dangre, sparrows, pigeons, crows, latokosero, myna, chil, vulture and eagle.
The lake has been in the habit of contracting fish since the Panchayat period. It is also the habitat of local rare species of fish. Rare species of fish like Bhoti, Sidra, Khosti, Zinga, Pate Sidra, Bam are found here while grass, mangur, naini, common carp and Rahu wicket species are reared in the lake. There is also an old temple in the lake area. Even the name of the forest is named after this temple. Gajedi Taal
There is even a statue of Buddha in the middle of the lake. This area is also known religiously. Also, a Shivalaya temple is being constructed in the middle of the lake.
The topography of the lake area looks like a hilly district. If there is a lake in the valley, you can feel the hilly structure around it. As Danapur Lake is the main pillar of prosperity of Kanchan village, the state government has managed Rs. 15 million in the current fiscal year to develop its infrastructure. The locals have been contracted to fish in the lake and operate boats .
. Since then, the annual income has been around Rs 1 million. Along with the increase in tourist attraction in the lake area, the Nepal Army has widened the 5.5 hectare border area in the north by spending Rs 20 million through the Presidential Chure Conservation Committee last year. There is a plan to develop the northern part of the lake as wetland and the southern part as 13.5 hectare area as boating area.
Chairman Thapa said that a tour package is also being planned to bring tourists to Lumbini, which is located 17 km northwest of Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini and 23 km west-south of Butwal. At present, more than 300,000 domestic and foreign tourists visit the forest annually, said Rajendra Prasad Ghartimagar, senior vice president of the forest. Due to lack of water in the lake in winter, Kanchan Goupali ward no. Earlier, the river water would be brought to the lake from the lifting system, said Vice President Gharti. There are plans to move about 50 picnic sheds to the north-west of the lake.
Preparations for the Lake Festival
Located at an altitude of 111 meters above sea level, the lake festival has been held every year since 2064 BS to promote tourism. This year too, the 11th Lake Festival has been organized from 24th of January to 7th of February, said Dinesh Ghimire, publicity coordinator. The organizers aim to attract 200,000 spectators by participating in 150 stalls in the festival.
As the natural structure is different, the festival here will be different from other places, said fair coordinator Shri Raj Timilsina. Famous engineers, creators and players will be honored at the festival and various sports competitions will also be held, said Timilsina. During the festival, various cultural programs will be observed and food and fish dishes will be available.
How to reach Danapur Lake ?
Rupandehi’s Kanchan village municipality ward no. 1 located Gajedi Danapur Lake Pugna Pradesh no. You have to cross a distance of 22 kilometers from Butwal, the capital of Nepal. After crossing a distance of 18 km west from Butwal under the East-West Highway, one reaches Basgadhi Bazaar. Another four kilometers south of Basgadhi is the lake area. To reach Lumbini from Lake Riser, you have to cover a distance of about 18 kilometers. There are five ways to reach Lumbini from this area. But locals say there is an urgent need to upgrade these roads.