Travelling is what I call the right kind of hustling.
Because it really works.
While… we all were getting frustrated over this pandemic which repeatedly made us stuck in our residences, I only count on travelling and escaping that working corner of my room, even to just strive with all my anxiety.
Although there was a circumstance, which again bind us to travel within a limited sphere. But, there were no limitations on exploring new destinations. Thus, latterly when we (the team of Bhaktapur.com) were planning about having a day hike, we give a conception to explore new hiking trails inside the Bhaktapur city.
And I presume it worked cause we really had fun and a lot of good time exploring this eastern facet of the Bhaktapur. The feeling of being radical, a travel freak and content which one perceives only after traversing…is just wondrous. And, I bet if you are also a hiking freak that enjoys nature, individual exploring (not minding going with a group) then, you would just love this trail.
Hiking, from one aspect, is meant to take more time but I think it gives you more time… to be yourself. That’s why someone said that the journey is what makes the destination beautiful. So, choose a hiking trail and enjoy the journey.
Though don’t tell me, you already have reached all the hill stations of Bhaktapur and tried all the available hiking trails?
Even if you have or never have hiked this route before, I hope this piece of information would be more than a help to make your hike far better.
“Sanga-Latarambeshwor Temple-Mahakaleshwor Temple- Nala-Chyamasingha”
This was our overall route. Don’t worry, even if you are not a hiking freak, you could easily complete this fresh off the beaten hiking trail.
Earlier, I mentioned the starting point, “Sanga” cause Sanga is such a place that one can easily locate. The tallest statue of Kailashnath Mahadev and the suspension bridge of Palanse, which alerted us for our stop ahead, back then in our hike could be your alerted point too.
(We took a local bus from Jagati which approximately took us 15-20min to reach the Sanga bus stop.)
From there, we further walk toward the east for few minutes. Then a turn toward the north (on the way to Nepal Police Higher Secondary School) is what we take to reach our first destination, Latarambeshwor temple.
Latarambeshwor temple is a bricked paved temple which we generally called a temple made in terracotta style. I bet you won’t get disappointed reaching over there.
It took almost half an hour for us to reach the temple.
The route to Latarambeshwor temple was full of twists and turns, a little muddy yet good enough to walk, half peached and half blocked with mini landslides. However, when we saw the flimsiest sight of Latarabeshwor temple while walking, it kinda gave us relief that we are almost there. But at the same time, we could not stop ourselves from admiring the foremost beautiful Kathmandu city, on our west.
Finally, when we reached Latarambeshwor, it started to rain. For the relief, there was a tiny shop, although it was closed, we get to sit a little bit on the wooden chairs which were made under a roof.
Getting kicked by cold air was a need back then, and, “rain” simply fulfilled it.
After spending some time at Latarambeshwor and capturing the scenes of eastern jungles, the backface of Latarambeshwor and the livelihood of the nearby locals who were grazing their goats over there, we moved to our next destination, Mahakaleshwor temple.
Mahakaleshwor temple is also a new temple that is still under construction. There is not much information about this temple, though the premises of this temple surely gives the best view of Latarambeshwor temple.
Right on the back of the Latarambeshwor temple, there is an off the beaten road. While returning from the viewpoint (behind the Latarambeshwor temple), before reaching the back street of the temple, you can find a small road heading toward the north.
Following the path, you can find a bigger road. We asked the locals about confusing roads. You can also do that if you get confused over our navigation.
We, then simply follow the road until we find a temple and whirling the temple, there is another road heading toward the north. we kept walking passing the community school and maize fields. Maize fields are what you often get to see over there in this season (August).
After walking for around a half-hour, we reached a crossroad which made our walk a little longer. Cause we choose the wrong path. Instead of right, we chose the left path, thus we had to return all the way back to the crossroad. Thanks to those two villagers who helped us getting the right path.
“The right way was the right path”
(Mentioning those villagers here made me realise that I should have taken pictures of them.)
With our continuous walk under the woods, we lastly reach our destination.
The construction work was taking place when we reached over there. The southern view from there was undoubtedly beautiful. We took a rest there for a while and then continued our walk. There is a steps path on the northern corner of the temple premises.
Following that, we again ended up on the bigger road which lead us to the Nala. Like I said earlier, choose the right path to reach your destination. So, following the straight road along with maize fields and spotted houses, we finally reached Nala.
At around 01:00 pm, we were in the jungle of Nala. The Nala Gumba was on our east side and we were peacefully taking rest over there. Well, talking more about the scene reminded me of the three little kids, who were there for grazing their goats. They must be so annoyed by other travellers who were making TikTok, that they were threatening them by saying, I would bring snake and leave it over here.
It was funny, though he seems serious. But at last, he didn’t do such things. He was nice.
After some while, we had our lunch over there, which we brought all the way from our home and carried all along the way. Not to mention what we brought and eat, but it was fun eating in between the jungle furthermore, with friends.
We then collect all our plastic wastage with us. It seems others are also taking care of nature like us and taking back the garbage. The jungle seems neat to me.
Saturday, 21st August 2021 was the day when we hike through this route.
“Sanga-Latarambeshwor temple-Mahakaleshwor temple-Nala-Chyamasingha”
I must say the weather was really into us that day. It was raining for some time, but later, there was neither rain nor the blazing sun. The hike seems very short but was really fruitful. Not so difficult nor the easy one. We really enjoyed hiking this new route. I hope you would also enjoy hiking this route.
I guess this route could be a new cycling trail too.