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The Mountain Trails Blog


A little about Mahendranagar (Bhim Datta Nagar)

Learning everything at once is overrated. Let us take small sips from the magic

potion. Let us sip in Bhim Datta Nagarpalika (Municipality) herein. Lying 700 km

west of the capital Kathmandu, Bhim Datta municipality covers an area of 171.24

km2. Prime corridor for Indo-Nepal industrial products, Wikipedia quotes this

municipality as 9th largest city of Nepal.

Named after the late king Mahendra. Later in AD 2008 after the establishment of democracy and all the revolts, the place was named after martyr Bhim Datta Panta. In case you haven't heard of him, he began the 'noon aandolan' (translates to 'salt revolt'). He distributed salt from Bhramhadev Mandi to the local farmers and workers; striking the full paced (not to forget- armed) revolt against the feudal lords and elites. कि जोत हलो, कि छोड थलो, हैन भने छैन अब भलो (Plough the fields or leave the land, else there's no good left for you now). Beheading feudals, he'd made enemies not only this side but the next side of border too. His unmatched brilliance would have succeeded for his insiders wouldn't have it disclosed. Well, we all know he's a martyr now and has a city named after him, for his head faced Ned Stark's fate; hung on market body-less for days.

Following are the sites to see in Mahendranagar.

Dodhara Chadani Bridge

A boasting 1496.5 m long repeated sequence of 4 suspension bridges, Dodhara Chadani bridge lies somewhere around 12 km southwest of main city. The bridge connecting two VDCs Dodhara and Chadani is beautifully attractive.

Being an architecture student myself, I can see the detailed elegant design. How the magnificent black cables, wielded, flow out of slender towers of steel at the wings. Architecturally breathe taking beauty - passing of those bold cables through sleek slits at the top of a high steel and concrete tower set on a...

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Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley

History and heritages were what defined us at one point of time. Heritages: Cultural, Natural, Ideological, Literary and what not. All those heritages now tell us about how we were back then, and has the foundation of what we are today.

Kathmandu Valley is a museum. A lively, crowded museum- with every galley a heritage, every pavements a history. Might sound an exaggeration, but, visit this valley full of everything and you'll build the same conclusion. Even UNESCO has done so....

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Festivals Coming Right Along.

Celebration is joyous. Celebrations keep us alive. No matter it is off the routine or the routine celebration, we all get a way to at least enjoy the day. And what better occasions to celebrate than festivals?

It's November now. And you might be aware, the biggest festivals of Nepal have just passed. Dashain, Tihar and Chhat were the festivals, which were just celebrated grand. But worry not, following are the major festivals that'll amaze you to your core.

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The Blue Emerald: Shey Phoksundo

Water always fascinates us (unless you are hydrophobic). And rather than static, we like things calm, in a state of peace. And by peace, we relate it to blue-the blue sky, serene and calm.

What if you were told, sky isn't the only blue peaceful entity, and you'd find peace just by looking at a big pond of water, high up, and in totally undisturbed by humans? If I were you, I'd jump off to the place. Well, now you&...

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Tharus: Gems on Southern Foothills of Himalayas

If you ever get down from the hills or the highlands, up here in Nepal, you'll reach to the plains of Terai; the storehouse, the granary of Nepal. These southern plains, as the Himalayas are sure to force you to drop your jaw and gasp. One word: Magnificent.

And the gem of Terai? Tharus. These indigenous group scattered densely among the southern belt is rich in every aspect you consider: hospitality, culture, foods, clot...

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Yomari Punhi

Yomari is sweet newari delicacy, which is utterly famous for its sweetness and stickiness. This dessert is sure to stick on your mind for the rest of your lives after you have it once. The name Yomari or Yamari is the prefix 'ya' added to the root 'mari' where 'ya' stands for 'liking' and 'mari' is a 'food item' or a 'delicacy'. Basically, Yomari is dish liked by all. See it? All, like Yomari.

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What to Eat Under 1$ in Nepal?

What to Eat Under 1$ in Nepal?

If you've travelled once, you definitely know Nepal is a cheap country to travel through. But, what you might have missed is the idea of local delicacies. Not if you are inside your hotel and fancy the fancy eateries, but if you are really into letting your taste-buds experience what you might never forget, grab few 1 dollar bills (not exactly dollars.. use exchanged currency) and hit the road.

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Bhoto Jatra 2017

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What is Bhoto Jatra?

Bhoto Jatra simply means vest festival. Although its meaning is simple, the festival is deeply rooted in the Newari culture and has a lot of deeper reasons of why it is celebrated with vigor...

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Is Nepal safe for women?

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Despite our southern counterpart of India having a bad reputation as not a safe country for female travellers, Nepal is completely different when it come to travel safety of women on boots. We share some close cultural values with India and the way of life is somewhat similar but when it comes to female travellers, we Nepalese no way share similar thought...

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Khopra Danda

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When someone asks me where do I love travelling in Nepal, my answer is obvious, the mountains. These serene mountains are blessed with tranquility and works as a perfect escape to beat the heat as well as routine mental fatigue. One of my current favorites is Khopra Danda and Khair Lake. Mountains at a stone throw distance, beautiful pastureland, vivid flora and fauna, high altitude lake namely Khair and heart melting inhabitants is what anyone walking on the trai...

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Indra Jatra

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Indra Jatra is the biggest street festival of Kathmandu valley and is devoted to the rain god Indra. This year the festival was celebrated on 15th and somehow it as well marked the beginning of the tourist season. This festival which is rooted in the Newari community is celebrated significantly in the Kathmandu valley as it has been the home of Newars for centuries. However, it is observed throughout the country and is celebrated in its own way.

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Bhaktapur Darbar Square :Tours in Nepal

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Bhaktapur Durbar Square is 1 of the 3 durbar squares present in the Kathmandu valley. This 15th century, ancient palace courtyard is the best and most efficiently preserved out of all the 3 squares. Bhaktapur durbar square is around 13 Kilometers from the city center of Kathmand...

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Trekking in Everest Region : Trekking in Nepal

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With over 30,000 tourists hiking the trail every year, Everest is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. It is not just adventure, nature and culture that Everest and its mountains offer but standing in the mountain’s colossal shadow in this region would as well quickly make you realize just how small you are and how impressive Mother Nature can be. This smorgasbord of rugged mountains, beautiful valleys and winding rivers however attracts...

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Krishna Janmastami Celebration in Nepal

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Krishna Janmastami or simply Janmastami is a religiously important date on Hindu calendar and is the day where birth of Hindu deity Lord Krishna is celebrated all around the world. Lord Krishna is considered as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

In India people practice breaking Dahi handi which means clay pot with yoghurt inside. Here in Nepal Krishna Janmastami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and you would see f...

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Chitwan: My First Adventurous Adventure in the Heart of Wildlife

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As planned, we were ready to head to the first and one of the largest National Parks in Nepal. When I said we, I meant me and 15 Spanish students who have been in the country and at Dormitory Nepal for slightly over 15 days in order to volunteer in Bal Mandir. On 29th of July, 2016, 15 of us hopped on a private bus and got en route to our destination.

Being a Nepali and the caretaker of the group I was responsible to m...

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Downhill Dreams

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NISHMA SHRESTHA HOPES TO SOMEDAY MAKE A LIVING AS A PROFESSIONAL DOWNHILL BIKER. BUT TO DO THAT, SHE’LL NEED TO OVERCOME MANY OF THE OBSTACLES STREWN ALONG HER PATH 

IN LAST YEAR’S NATIONAL DOWNHILL CHAMPIONSHIP HELD IN Hattiban, Pharping, Nishma Shrestha competed in the open category—which lumps together participants without regard to their gender, age or skill level. Nishma had to compete in the open...

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On the wild Side

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THE JUNGLES OF CHITWAN HOUSE THOUSANDS OF EXOTIC ANIMALS. AND THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO GET UP CLOSE AND ALMOST PERSONAL WITH THEM 

Jeep safari

The sun had just risen on the plains of the Terai. The scorching summer heat was yet to bake the plains. In fact, the weather was actually quite pleasant. There was a nip in the air, and a cool breeze rolled in every once in a...

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Annapurna Circuit Diary

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THE ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT IS A PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING TREK BUT ONE THAT WILL REWARD YOU WITH JAW-DROPPING VIEWS

EVERY YEAR, I MAKE IT A POINT TO PACK my bags and travel somewhere new. For a long time, I had wanted to trek the Annapurna Circuit. I had imagined walking the Thorong La pass (the world’s highest pass at 5,416m), and of cours...

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The Mystical Gokyo

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Trekking to the Everest base camp through breath taking emerald green high altitude lakes

With over 30,000 tourists hiking the trail every year, the Everest Base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It is not just adventure, nature and culture that Everest and its mountains offer but standing in the mountain’s colossal shadow in this region would as well quickly make you realize just ho...

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Into the forbidden: Lo Manthang

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Upper Mustang’s charm and mysteri- ousness has long attracted many to the region. The best way to explore the region is by trekking through the landscape and taking in the slow- er-paced lifestyle, which still exhibits centuries of Tibetan in uence. But if you are pressed for time, you can take the motorable road, which connects the old city to the rest of the country. 

Why should you visit? 

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On The Road Less Travelled in Nepal

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THE TREK TO LAKE KAPHUCHE, AT THE FOOT OF ANNAPURNA II, MAKES FOR NOTHING SHORT OF A PERFECT ADVENTURE 

The Orange Fire Creackled and hissed against the ambi- ent roar of the raging Madi River. The stars had already affixed themselves on the skies outside, as the four of us were huddled around the small fire—tired, hungry and cold. 

We had, after a...

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I Almost Got Killed by Rolling Stone

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I  saw my entire life in a split second, I saw a mother crying upon the dead corpse of the only son, I saw all the goods that I had done in my entire lifetime, most important I recalled all the sins that I had committed knowingly and unknowingly, my childhood, my close friends, my sister and my deceased father. There was nothing that I didn’t remember on the day that I almost got killed by Rolling Stone.


It was...

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Kathmandu – an unexpected Adventure

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Kathmandu is an amazingly vibrant city, and has not lost its charm regardless of the fact that the earth shook some months ago. The festivals are still on, the streets and shops are still as colorful and the people still full of energy.

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