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Why visit Dhankuta?

Dhankuta lies an eastern part of Nepal Ten hours drive by private car from Kathmandu and  150 km from Biratnagar . There are three municipalities and four rural municipalities in the district. Province No. 1 is the provisional designation of one of the provinces established by the new constitution of Nepal which was adopted on 20 September 2015. It is quite a large town with good mountain and traces views, mild climate and plenty of interesting walks in the surrounding areas. The town owes prosperity to the fact that it was a major recruiting center for Gurkha regiments of the British Army. Quite a bit of British aid money has been spent in the vicinity. Dankuta is linked by excellent highway from Dharan. Regular bus services are available. Dhankuta  is facilitated with a number of hotels and  lodges for average to luxurious accommodations

The ambience is instantly cooler, fresher, and greener. The wandering roads leading from Dharan to Dhankuta are a delight in themselves, unwinding beautifully for 52 kms. Halfway between Dharan and Dhankuta lies Sailung Danda or Bhedetar, an ever misty place that puts every other hill station to shame. It is named after the bheda (sheep) that used to graze in the tar (plains). As you go up the Charles View Tower located a little further from the bus stop, you can actually feel the fog seeping in on you. Prince Charles stopped by this point in the 1980s, leading to the tower's English name. The tower allows a breath-taking view of Saptakoshi and world 4th mt Makalu peak four and greenery hills s and right side dhakuta famous village Namje.

It's a good idea to stay overnight in Bhedetar to enjoy the awesome sunrise next morning from Dhaje Danda, 13 kms further ahead. You can also walk ahead to the Namaste waterfall. The paths are a bit slippery, hence quite adventurous. It is absolutely worth it when you reach the pristine waterfall that washes off all your worries.

Once you reach the sturdily built Tamor Bridge at Mulghat, you know that Dhankuta has arrived. This is the best place to spend a day with friends, as you can watch the raging Tamor river from the banks, and also sign up for Tamor river rafting. If you want to go for a swim, rush to the nearby Leuti stream. Another place to visit in Mulghat is the Bishranti temple, with an old-age home fashioned commend.

The peaceful surroundings, where elders give out their blessings and sing hymns, could inspire you to volunteer and do your bit for society! Shivaratri is extra special in Bishranti.

The best way to experience the wilderness of Dhankuta is to take a walk through the forest of salla (pine) trees that surround it on all sides. The serene greenery, chatter of monkeys and hum of birds will work their magic and take away your tiredness. Make sure you visit the haat (local market), a feast of goodies are spread out every Thursday. Dhankuta is a haven for the spiritually inclined, with temples such as Jalpadevi, Nishan Bhag wati, Pathibhara Devi, Dhukur sing, Siddhathan, and Naageshwar Mahadev within easy reach.

Once you've had your fill of the market, it is time to visit another beautiful hill station -Hile, the entry point of trekking trips to Kanchanjunga and Makalu. 12 kms upwards of Dhankuta, Hile is immediately recognised by the huge structure of tongba (a millet-based alcoholic beverage) jar constructed right at the crossroads. And indeed, Hile's tongba, sekuwa and  sukuti are to die for. Hile is to be visited for its panoramic views, and an amalgamation of religions can be seen in the presence of numerous temples and monasteries existing side by side. From Hile, you can drive five more 2kms to reach Pakhribas, which offers you a chance to visit  temples and observe tea plantation.

By: Narayan Jun Rai

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