Charming Chitlang

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- SURENDRA STHAPIT

Dec 12, 2018-

Recently, I went on a trip to Chitlang which lies to the southwest of Kathmandu on the old trade route to India. It is a beautiful ancient village yet not been overtaken by urban development. Chitlang can be reached over several routes: Godam-Thankot is the shortest one, another route is Pharping-Kulekhani, and the longest one is Naubise-Tistung. The shortest route is suitable for bikers and hikers. Chitlang has a rich Newar culture. The Balami language, which is the Chitlang dialect of Nepal Bhasa, is widely spoken by locals.

Chitlang offers home stays and resorts that provide accommodation to travellers. Most of the land here is used for farming which makes the valley very beautiful. There is nothing like eating dal bhat with freshly picked vegetables and home raised chicken curry. The local farm grows four varieties of mushroom, the quality and taste of which we won’t get elsewhere. Chitlang is famous for goat cheese too. It is a little bit on the expensive side, but the taste is good.

The tourist attractions in Chitlang mainly consist of the Swachhand Bhairav Temple and Satdhara, where a fair is held during special occasions. The walking trail that leads to the village passes through a forest of pine trees and is lovely and easy to traverse. The motor road is long and winding as usual, and is not recommended. The shorter path leads to Markhu on the edge of Indrasarovar, the reservoir created by the Kulekhani dam. Fish farming is done in Indrasarovar, and tourists can also go boating on the huge expanse of water.

Following the opening of the Chandragiri cable car service, tourists can easily reach Chitlang. They can ride the cable car to Chandragiri hill where the Bhaleshwor Temple is located. From there, sightseers can hike downhill to Chitlang through the forest listening to the chirping of birds and enjoying views of bright rhododendron flowers. Resorts sell tour packages with this itinerary. They even provide transportation from Bhaleshwor to their resorts depending upon demand. Chitlang is sure to get more visitors in the coming days due to the construction of the cable car. The service means more people can see nature at its best and enjoy the peace, weather, food and hospitality of Chitlang. What you need to carry depends upon the season. It’s a good idea to take along a wind cheater, rain coat or umbrella, warm clothes, sports shoes, sun block cream and cap. Don’t forget a camera, water bottle, light snacks and chocolate if you are planning to go hiking.

Published: 12-12-2018 07:08

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