Last weekend on 26th November, I was on a hike with a small group that was organised by Youth Legend Nepal (Official website here). The hike was to ‘Indrathan’, a not well-known but worth exploring destination located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The hiking started from Dahachowk, Khahare (located somewhere near Naikap) where we reached via bus from old buspark. The hike organisers, Ms. Sudha Subedi, the CEO of YL Nepal gave a short description about the main purpose of hike, how we were going to accomplish it and how to make it worth remembering. She shared this unique idea to introduce ourselves making a couple randomly who will walk together, talk to know each other as much as possible and then interchange the partner on the way to know rest of the members turn by turn. It really sounded interesting and turned out to be the same.
The climbing up savouring the ultimate taste of natural beauty viewing the eye-catching landscapes indeed got worth remembering with the entertaining talks with new friends.
The hike was productive as well, since the organisers came up with this incredible idea of collecting polythene bags and plastics on the way to spread this social awareness about the effects they leave in the environment.
The locales surely learnt something from this act of ours. And to push us for this particular task, it was announced to be a kind of competition among the couples that the one collecting more plastics will be the winner. We really were dragged by that deceiving idea :p
After around two hours of hiking basking ourselves in the morning sun, reaching Indradaha Temple was a relieving moment to breathe. The historically and religiously rich temple was in poor condition due to the lack of proper maintenance.
The ‘daha (pond)’ located there has a myth that God ‘Indra’ came there and took bath in Satya Yug period. So, hundreds of people visit this temple and take bath in the pond on every ‘Bhadra Sukla Purnima’ as it is believed that our diseases get cured by taking bath in Indradaha.
Then, we resumed our walk towards Manakamana temple on the top of the hill station.
The Manakamana Temple at the top built by Gorkhali soldiers with the coordination of locales in 1814 B.S is another historically/religiously important place to visit in Indrathan village. It was innovated in 2069 B.S Ashwin 30. But, due to the lack of proper maintenance, it was in poor condition.
Kalu Pandey’s cemetery
Nearby the temple, there resides Kalu Pandey’s cemetery, also known as Prithvi Narayan Shah’s right hand. He was the commander of Gorkhali force during the unification of Nepal. He died on Jestha 19, 1814 B.S at the age of 44 during Kirtipur war but was buried here as per his wish.
After exploring the historically important landmarks up there, we started climbing down taking a different route than before. Our stops was mentioned to be ‘Switzerland park’ and ‘Naikap Buddhist Monastery.’
After walking 10 to 15 minutes from the Kalu Pandey’s cemetery, we reached this place called ‘Switzerland Park’. I don’t know about any history of this place but I found it to be one well known picnic spot. That day, there were around 7/8 groups having picnic separately. Despite that, we managed a small area for us to rest, have something to eat and play some games to distress ourselves.
We then resumed our walk. Walking down towards old Naikap with aching legs via the dusty road was kind of troublesome actually. But, the moments we were living did not let it to be like that. On the way, we reached a Buddhist Monastery located at Balambu, Kathmandu. It was written ” Drigung Kagyud Rinchen Palri Monastery, Balambu, Kathamndu”, this might be the name.
That was the last landmark we visit throughout our hike. It was already around 4 PM when we started walking down from there. The cold breeze started to strike us. Increasing our pace a bit more, we proceeded towards old Naikap.
We reached Naikap at around 5 PM, took an auto towards kalanki, bade goodbyes to everyone and left to our own destinations.
Suggestions to the Kathmandu dwellers who need a break from their monotonous schedule, dusty road, polluted air and the dissonant noise to manage a day to hike to these historically and religiously rich destinations. It doesn’t take much time, doesn’t cost much but it surely will sedate your mind.
Photo courtesy: YL (Youth Legend) Nepal Team