Out of many places I’ve ever visited in my life, the most that I remember is the visit to Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple. I had gone to this temple about years ago but the memories about this trip is still vivid. Whenever I tell someone about this trip, a kind of excitement runs through my mind and body.
Kalinchowk temple lies in the North-West of Dolakha district, 3800m above sea level which is about 5-6 hours walk from the Charikot (head-quarter of Dolakha district). The good part about this trip is we can choose to walk or go by bus. Even if we go there by bus, we have to walk for about 1 hour from the bus-stop to temple.
At that time when we had gone there, the only option available was on foot from Charikot (headquarter of Dolakha district). We were about 10 in a group who left to temple early in the morning at about 5 am. It was a cool morning. We all were excited because we had never walked such a long distance. As it lies in the hilly region, we had to walk through the hills. We had to cross jungles, sometime pass by river/pond, sometime bushes, sometime small villages. We could also see Yaks and goats grazing here and there. Sometime we asked people about the way to temple because it was our first time there and didn’t know the way. Though we were tired of walking up and downs through the hills, it was such a refreshment to see and walk through the natural scenes and sceneries. During the walk, we took some rest regularly and resumed the walk. Since we were going to temple, most of us didn’t eat anything. Our hunger was all taken up by the excitement of walking through such a amazing place.
After about 6 hours, we reached to the temple. The Temple was at the top of the hill. We could see other hills from the top and they looked like the sub hills. We could see the breathe taking scenes of Himalayan range and awesome landscapes. It felt like we could touch the sky. We worshipped the God and took some rest there. It is also said that in the clear day, Darahara (kathmandu) can be seen from there but we didn’t see.
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