Raute : Nomads of western Nepal (Photo feature)

Raute People
Raute are the nomadicTibeto-Burman ethnic group officially recognized by the Government of Nepal. They are known for subsistence hunting of langur and macaque monkeys. They eat monkey meat.
They gather wild forest tubers, fruits, and greens on a regular basis. To obtain grain, iron, cloth, and jewelry, they carve wooden bowls and boxes to trade for goods from local farmers. They do not sell other forest products, bushmeat, or forest medicinal plants. 

Their population is estimated at about 650 persons living in small settlements in the Karnali and Makahali (Kali) watershed regions of western Nepal. Most have been forcibly settled by the government of Nepal but there are about 150 nomadic Raute.  Head of the community is known as 'Mukhiya'. Mukhiya has all power related to community.  They change there placement or they leave there place after death of any member of group.  Raute language The Raute language is classified as Tibeto-Burman. It is called "Raute" in…

Treasure of Tharu Culture: Maghi Homestay (Photo feature)

Maghi village is located in Ghodaghodi municipality-4, Kailali district, just close to the Ghodaghodi lake side.

We can enjoy there with Tharu Culture, cultural dance (sakhiya nach and laathi nach) and local dishes.  It takes 1 hr from Dhangadhi and 3 hr from Nepalgunj to reach there.  There are 14 houses and 28 bed for homestay. You have to pay rs 150 per night per room and rs 180 for food.  [Source/Cr: Bharatbandhu Thapa,]

Night view of Karnali bridge

Stars and the Karnali bridge (b.1994), far west Nepal, night view. It's a 500m long single tower cable bridge in Karnali River, Chisapani. (Photo: Kashish Das Shrestha)

Snowy Khaptad: A beauty in remote Nepal [Photo feature]

Khaptad is a picturesque land in Far West Nepal, is veiled by snow this winter. This could be a perfect destination for holidaymakers as the pasture land is now covered with sublime white snow giving travelers a pleasant feeling. The snowy beauty will last till mid-March.
It usually takes 3 days from Kathmandu to reach this remote nature filled destination that is perched at an elevation of 3,100 meters. However, the travelling to this region that stretches over four districts Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti is not that easy.

One has to travel through Kathmandu Dhangadhi Dadeldhura Baitadi and Bajhang.  Alternative route could be Kathmandu Dhangadhi Dadeldhura Doti and Khaptad.

Khaptad is the virgin land for tourism in far western region of Nepal. Let's go to khaptad and enjoy with nature. 

(Photo Cr: Kishore Khadka and Kumar Chaulagai/ Kantipur)

Wow ! Khaptad (Photo feature)

Khaptad is located in far west region of Nepal. We need 3 days to reach Khaptad from Kathmandu. Kathmandu to Dhangadhi (By bus or flight) - Dhangadhi - Dadeldhura - Baitadi - Lamatola village of Bajhang district by bus. In Lamatola village, there is 'homestay'. After that it takes almost 8 hours to reach khaptad on foot via Darugau and Lokhada village. 

Khaptad is located as a meeting point of Doti, Achham, Bajhang and Bajura district. Natural scenery, Khapar lake, Shahastraling temple, Nagdhunga, ghoda daun paatan and the place of Khatpad baba are the main attraction of Khaptad.  

(Cr: Angad Dhakal/ Ekantipur online)

Panoramic view of Khaptad in Mid winter

This is the view of Khaptad lake, located in Khaptad National Park, Doti. This Panoramic view is snapped in first week of january by Gorakh Bista and published in Nepal magazine.

८३ झ्याल र ५३ ढोका भएको राणाकालीन गर्भा दरबार जीर्ण

कैलालीको खैराला गाविसमा रहेको गर्भा दरबार संरक्षण अभावमा जीर्ण बनेको छ । विक्रम संवत १९८४ सालमा खड्क शम्सेर जबराले निर्माण गरेको ऐतिहासिक संरचना संरक्षणको अभावमा खण्डहरमा परिणत हुँदै गएको हो । राणाकालिन दरबार जीर्ण हुँदै गइरहेको भए पनि त्यसको संरक्षणमा सरोकारवाला निकायले ध्यान दिन सकेका छैनन् । दरबारमा पछि लगाइएको टिनको छाना हावाले उडाइसकेको छ भने पानी चुहिएर पर्खाल भत्किसकेको छ ।  दरबार संरक्षण गर्न सके पर्यटकीय क्षेत्रको रुपमा विकास गर्न सकिने संभावनासमेत रहेको छ तर संरक्षण र पर्यटकीय रुपमा विकास गर्न पहल भएको देखिँदैन । स्थानीय बासिन्दाले ऐतिहासिक दरबारको संरक्षणमा ध्यान दिन सरोकारवाला निकायसँग आग्रह गरेका छन् । खैराला-३, का दुर्गाप्रसाद ढुंगानाले दरबार दिन प्रतिदिन भत्किने क्रममा रहेको बताए । उनले कतिपय भाग भत्किएको उल्लेख गर्दै संरक्षणका लागि पहल नभएको गुनासो गरे । सरोकारवाला निकायको बेवास्ताका कारण ऐतिहासिक महत्व र पर्यकीय संभावना बोकेको क्षेत्र खण्डहरमा परिणत हुँदै गएको उनको भनाई छ । केही वर्षअघिसम्म गर्भा दरबाटबाट गाविस कार्यालय सञ्चालन गरिँदै आएको थियो । दरबारको केही भाग गाव…