Bhotechaur, a small village located in Sindhupalchowk District was in my mind as a nearby visiting destination since a long time. The main thing that actually was luring me down there was the mesmerizing views of the ‘Everest Tea Garden’ which is also known as ‘Mini Illam’ as it provides you the feeling of being at Illam of Eastern Nepal. Thus, the ride to everest tea garden, Bhotechaur was a memorable one for me.
Few important details:
Route: Bouddha – Jorpati – Sankhu – Jarsingh Pauwa – Bhotechaur – Jaisi Gaun – Everest Tea Garden
Distance: Around 30 Kms
Time: Around 2.5 hrs on bike
Adventurous ride (mostly uphill and downhill; suggested to be highly careful)
The last Saturday, with a sudden plan, me and a few of my friends geared up towards Bhotechaur. Our ride started from Bouddha at around 11 in the morning. We had researched that we can find a way for Bhotechaur from Sankhu buspark. So, struggling through the bustling and dusty streets we reached Jorpati from where we thought the conditions of the road won’t be horrible as much as we faced earlier. But, it was all the same.
Reaching Sankhu via Thali, Danchhi and Mulpani was kind of same with the terrible ride on muddy as well as dusty roads. Finally, we got to breathe some fresh air straight at Salinadi chowk which is few minutes ahead of Sankhu buspark. It was almost the noon as we reached there.
After freshening up with light breakfast there, we resumed our ride, which actually got interesting and adventurous from there. The road was steep uphill with a lot of curves and turns. After 15 to 20 minutes of the ride, we reached this place called Jarsingh Pauwa from where the left route will take you towards Bhotechaur while the right one towards Melamchi. We rode towards the former one. The smooth road with fields above and below and the green hills at the far sight indeed were the best features.
Within just about 10 minutes, we reached Chauki Bhanjyang, Shankharapur from where you can actually trek to Chisapani as well (Oh! I remember the last time I trekked to Chisapani, I returned via this route. You can check it out here).
Reaching the destination:
Stopping by, clicking pictures and kissing the natural beauty, we headed towards the Everest Tea Garden which is actually located in Jaisi Village of the same VDC. To reach the actual spot, we had to ride quite uphill and muddy off-road.
It was around 2 PM when we reached the garden I was dreaming to be at, Everest Tea Garden. The greenery and beauty it holds completely astounded me. As per the research, the Everest Tea Estate Pvt. Ltd. was established in 1995 AD by former TU professor Som Gauchan. The estate is mainly popular for producing orthodox green tea.
All the troubles during the whole ride and the fatigue got vanished as if the garden has some magical power. I know I cannot afford to visit Illam but this Mini Illam gave me the taste of being at a tea garden. I was solely taken away by the serenity of the place.
As the size of the garden is not so big, we didn’t take much time to wander around. Capturing the beautiful memories in our digital machines, we bade goodbye to the well decorated bewitching garden with a promise to see her again should this life spare us a feasible time someday again.
P.s. Highly recommended nearby destination from Kathmandu 🙂