Darjeeling : Vikesh Pokhrel of Biratnagar yelled as he was about to slow down at Darjeeling crossroads. How full. Isn’t it true that the people of the heart are not afraid to stay on the top of the hill like this day and night? ‘
Vikesh does not always say such words. As soon as he crossed the Pashupatinagar gate of Ilam, the word was coined by him at the beginning – Ambo! From the gate, the driver of the car he was riding in for Darjeeling heard something new and was surprised to hear the same words over and over again. When are you?
Then, words like hriya (here), raich (rahech) were new to him. He found Darjeeling love ‘touchy’. As the driver was saying these words to show surprise, Vikesh was even more surprised by the driver’s words. There was a lot of fun in the car with a crowd of friends walking around Darjeeling. Surprisingly, he did not dare to mimic the word ‘ambo’ until he got in the car.
The driver, who had hair, black glasses and a yellow ring on three fingers of his right hand, was talking openly with strangers. They felt that the driver’s tattooed arm was not giving such an easy signal. So from time to time, even in the middle, I would say ‘Ambo ..’ as if I was forced to remain silent. The driver did not dare to speak for fear that he would understand.
By the time the driver started his journey from Pashupatinagar to the taxi stand at Darjeeling Beach Bazaar, he had learned to tell them the history of Darjeeling, the present and the future, in a sweet, humorous and humorous way. They were attracted by the good culture of telling the passengers about the points to visit in Darjeeling, what kind of hotel to stay in, how much to spend for how many days, and the general history of the place. Surprisingly, it seemed that the driver could easily tell whatever history, geography, meaning, tourism, literature asked. From time to time, they thought, “Here, the driver is not only the public servant, but also the father of the public servant.”
Reaching the iron fence lined up in the open courtyard of the crossroads, Vikesh uttered a word that seemed strange to him. Thankfully the driver is not nearby. Friends laughed heartily at Vikesh’s words. Another friend who was with him added, “Fire!” “Aanch” and “Dallai” were also common words in the conversation between the driver and the passenger inside the Pashupatinagar-Darjeeling train.
September and October are usually full of tourists, Darjeeling. As it is also a festival in this season, it is fragrant with gold for tourists. Darjeeling, nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Hills’, is as fascinating as its dialect, lifestyle, tradition and culture. Tourism in Darjeeling, which has been slowed down by the corona infection since last year, is now trying to recover. Also, the number of visitors is increasing.
Political geography does not stop Nepalis from entering Darjeeling from the border. With 12 months of cold weather, fog and rain, the tourist season has just begun in Darjeeling. The sky is clear. Chiabari is green on the hills of Thumka-Thumka. Tourists are greeted by the pine-forest and the cool breeze along the road. The Kanchenjunga mountains and mountain ranges seen in the palm of your hand were not unattractive.
The small but chirchy house on the side of the road is the eastern Indian border area of Ilam and the identity of Darjeeling. Within the greenery, the color of the house is also green. Colorful flags in the courtyards of most homes because of the large Buddhist population. Gumba and Mane in some places. Ballast buried in a line on the black road for fear of slipping on the tar when it is foggy. Aha! What a wonderful way to screw people over.
‘Where did the dojus come from?’ Asked the young man, who looked like a local, as he was taking a selfie with the statue of the great poet Bhanubhakta Acharya.
“Where does Nepal speak?”
The second question made everyone wonder for a moment – what is this wake? No one dared to cross-examine even though he was shocked.
Seeing that everyone was silent, the same young man repeated, “Where did you come from?”
At this time, Darjeeling has been touched by Dashain-Tihar. The market is full of shoppers. The weeds that have grown around the house during the rainy season have started to be removed, covered and made beautiful.
Despite being from Dolakha, Nepal, the young man, who has been living in Darjeeling for the past three years, has been carrying tourist loads. When he sees more Nepalis, he feels as if he has come from his own village. After getting acquainted with him, he decided to visit the tourist spots of Darjeeling. He held out his hand to his friend. In the meanwhile, it was strange to see Farrar talking in English with the foreign tourists he met. It was decided to go for a walk in the nearby shop after having a simple tea and breakfast.
“Where did the last two doos come from?”
‘Oh! Is it possible that the strike towards Nepal has stopped? He used to get bored at first. ‘
“We don’t have such a ban now either.”
“The prime minister returns to Nepal every month,” he said. Who is the Prime Minister of Nepal now? ‘The shopkeeper wanted to enter into Nepal’s political issues.
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I was not so happy when the tea shop reminded me of the same tension when it came out to be fresh after the wrong attitude of the top leaders in the policy.
“This Momo is going to be fed by one person only,” said Suyash of Vikesh’s team. They got up by paying 20 rupees (Indian rupees) per shop. It was a surprise for them to be able to eat for only Rs.
When they reach the crossroads, tourists get on horseback and get distracted. You can ride a tall and strong horse around here. Even those who had never ridden a horse wanted to get rid of it.
“Brothers, you have come from Nepal. Have you seen the statue of Bhanubhakta at our crossroads?”
‘Bhanubhakta is a great man born in Nepal. But, there (Adikavi in Nepal), Hriya (in India) is a complete poet again, you know? ‘
Ghodawal’s mysterious question was new to everyone. “No, I don’t understand what you are saying, brother.”
‘Half of the body of a devotee is in Nepal. When you look at the heart, you see the statue of the whole body, that’s why Utaka, etc., the whole poet of Yata, ‘Ghodawal’s joke made the team laugh.
“Wow, people here are so funny, they know how to laugh, even if they are strangers, they start talking to tourists and laugh,” said Suyash.
During the day, I visited Darjeeling’s main tourist attractions, including Nightingale Park, Rock Garden, and Zoo. If you write a biography of a Nepali who walked with you as a guide, it will be a different novel. However, it was not possible for them to reach Darjeeling.
Hundreds of people were found walking around during the day or staying at the hotel in the evening, attracted by the love, style and hospitality of the people of Darjeeling. He was even more impressed by the Darjeeling’s habit of talking and behaving like strangers with strangers.
‘The brothers have only one day to walk, the main tourist spot is Tiger Hill tomorrow morning. You can’t visit Darjeeling in one day, ‘Hotel Sahu advised them to stay here for a few days.
The average height is 2100 meters. Cold weather Millions of local and foreign tourists visit Darjeeling every year. Thousands of tourists from third countries come to see the history and prosperity of Darjeeling. Visitors from South India, including the elderly and children, come here every year to escape the heat. Hundreds of students and youths from the western districts of Nepal visit Darjeeling. Visitors are drawn to the well-organized houses, markets, and tourist attractions at the risk of high mountains. Darjeeling has a special tradition of welcoming guests with tea and biscuits. The ‘Sagun’ walkers are also delighted to be able to satisfy the hospitality, he said.
After the Anglo-Nepalese War, the Sugauli Treaty of 20 March 1872 established the Nepal-India border on the Mechi River in the east. After the treaty, Nepal had to evacuate the fort from Mechi to Tista via Nagarigadhi within 40 days. The Srinath Singh platoon at Nagarigadhi in Mirik then moved to the present Ilam headquarters via Purnedanda, Namsaling in Ilam Karfok. Thousands of Nepalis remained there.
The festival is celebrated every year in the Nepali-speaking Darjeeling region. Dashain comes, Tihar comes, Chhath, Maghe, Saune Sankranti, Buddha Jayanti, Phaguparva, Bihebatulo, Bratbandha and all other festivals come. . However, even though the festival is the same, the spirit of the festival is different in Nepal and in Darjeeling, a Nepali-speaking neighborhood. Nepali-speaking people living in Darjeeling prioritize their Gurkha culture and identity when celebrating every festival. Everyone reflects the same culture on holidays. During the festival, men wear Daura-Suruwal, Bhadgaonle / Dhaka hats. Khukuri fills the waist. Gunyu, Chaubandi Cholo and Patuki are not left on a woman’s body.
At this time, Darjeeling has been touched by Dashain-Tihar. The market is full of shoppers. The weeds that have grown around the house during the rainy season have started to be uprooted and covered. Nepali-speaking people here do not go out for shopping. Only a handful of people come to Siliguri for shopping.
In Darjeeling, Sikkim, Mirik, Kharsang, Kalimpong, Siliguri and other areas, Dashain, Tihar and other festivals are celebrated with joy. Gyanendra Aryal, a writer from Darjeeling, says, “In Nepal, it is customary to celebrate festivals from house to house. Here, Nepali-speaking people celebrate the festival by having a lot of fun together.” Each caste wears its own cultural costume on Bhanu Jayanti, which is celebrated as a festival and an annual festival. “We celebrate the festival by dressing up in Nepali costumes and the 13/14 castes here in their own cultural attire,” he said.
Deposits are kept at Ghatsthapana. Worship of Nava Durga Bhavani is started. A procession is taken out on the day of flowering. The procession also reflects its own traditions and culture. On the day of Navami, a sacrifice is organized at the Darjeeling Police Headquarters. On the day of Vijayadashami, Rajatika is worn, Tika and blessings are taken from relatives. This process continues for 5 days after Vijaya Dashami and it is customary to stop vaccination on the day of Punirma.
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