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Amazing facts about Sindhupalchok

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Reveal the unexplored

by Anish Manandhar on June 2020


Sindhupalchowk District lies in province Bagmati and is one of the 77 districts of Nepal, with an area of 2,542 km2 (981 sq mi). The district’s headquarters is in Chautara. The district is easily accessible from Kathmandu but is not well developed. I have lived in Sindhupalchok for a year in a village; Phataksila among locals and taught maths in a public school. I will continue it for one more year. I love traveling so I visited many places in Sindhupalchok and find it very beautiful, adventurous, and joyful. there are many places unexplored, which are worth visiting and sharing about. I also find that the locals have a bit and bit knowledge about the district but the big picture about Sindhupalchok is missing. Even Google doesn’t have much information about Sindhupalchok.

So with travel experience, conversations with locals, knowledge, and research, I am writing this blog to reveal the unexplored Sindhupalchok. Rivers like Bhotekoshi, Indrawati, Sunkoshi, and Bramhayani flow through this district. The major towns are Chautara, Bahrabise, Melamchi, Jalbire, and Tatopani. Sunkoshi Hydropower station and Upper Bhotekoshi Hydropower station are popular hydropower stations connected to the national grid. Sunkoshi and Bhotekoshi are the world-famous rafting rivers that are flowing via this district. Tatopani (Hot Water Spring) near the Nepal China border is popular as a pilgrimage place. Besides these, there are so many attractions that are still behind the flash. Hill stations like Namche, Ghunde, Yangima Danda have a high probability for tourism. Now let’s find out, some of the major amazing facts of Sindhupalchok. 

TOP Facts

  1. Paanch Pokhari 

The world’s ninth-highest wetland lies in Sindhupalchok district. There exist the five holy ponds giving the place it’s name-Panch Pokhari (meaning Five Ponds). These ponds are taken to be the source of origin of the Indrawati river. Panch Pokhari lies in the northeastern part of Sindhupalchok district to the north of Nauling and Chyo Chyo hills at an altitude of 4100 m.

(Picture: Overview of Panch Pokhari)
  1. Gupha Dada

The first national Climate Change Conference was held in Sindhupalchok district on January 1st, 2019. The event was held at scenic Gupha Danda which lies in Melamchi Municipality at an altitude of 2800m. It is for the first time that any conference was held at this high altitude. The 10 points declaration was released by President Mrs. Bidhya Devi Bhandari on climate action at the conference. A climate park monument is established at the spot as the sign of initiation of climate action. 78 flags of Nepal stand on the spot, each flag has the tag name of 77 districts in Nepal and the 78th flag has the tag name of Nepal itself.

(Picture: Climate park inauguration by President at Gupha Dada)
  1. Jugal Mountains (Mountain Range)

The Jugal mountain range lies in the Sindhupalchok district. Jugal Mountains are the nearest mountain to the northeast from Kathmandu. It is also the nearest trekking track from the capital. There are a number of the Himalayas in this chain such as Dorje Lakpa, Madiya, Phurba, and Chhyachu. These Himalayas elevations range from 6800m to 7000m. Even after being the nearest mountain range and trekking track from Kathmandu, it is less popular among tourists and trekkers. 

(Picture: Scenic view of Jugal mountains)
  1. Melamchi drinking water project

Melamchi Drinking Water Project (MDWP) is Sindhupalchok based on one of the most renowned projects in Nepal. The Project is designed to divert about 170 MLD (17 crore liters) of freshwater to Kathmandu Valley from the Melamchi River in Sindhupalchowk district. This project is the most viable long term alternative to ease the chronic water shortage situation within Kathmandu Valley. The project was first initiated during the prime ministership of Krishna Prashad Bhattarai in the year 1998 AD. 

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is the major donor of this project, initially, the bank approved a loan of 120 million dollars on 21st December 2000. The project has been running late than it’s expected time. This is 2020, and the project is still in progress, about 97% of project tasks have been completed within these 22 years. Better late than never. Various factors including political events during the past 10 years of MWSP and 3 years of SDP implementation did not make it possible to complete the project as planned. The 27584-meter long tunnel is constructed from Sindhupalchok to Sundarijal where the water treatment plant has been constructed, the capacity of 85 MLD.

(Picture: Light from the other end of tunnel)

Augmenting this supply by adding about a further 170 MLD each from the Yangri and Larke rivers, which lie in the upstream proximity of Melamchi is also being investigated as future supply sources.

  1. Giranchaur Model Village

The second model village of Nepal; ‘Unified Giranchaur Model Village’  is constructed in Sindhupalchok district. After the destructive earthquake on April 25, 2015 (Baisakh 12, 2072) Dhurmus Suntali Foundation initiated the project with an aim for the reconstruction of settlement for survivors and conduct other social welfare activities. 

(Picture: Overview of Giranchaur Nanuma Basti)

The model village was constructed at Melamchi-8, Giranchaur, Sindhupalchowk for 800 people. This model village has 66 houses, three children parks, four parks, three-vehicle parking, nine Child-Friendly taps, four public toilets, one community hall, one view tower, one Chautala. It was designated as a tourist promotion project with a total investment of five crores 13 lakhs 58 thousand and one hundred 87 rupees only. The UN planted 66 solar panels at that village. The project was started on April 24, 2016, and completed in 7 months on October 28, 2016.

The first Model village constructed by Dhurmus Suntali Foundation is ‘Unified Pahari Model Village’ at Panchkhaal, Kavrepalanchowk.

  1. Kodari: Trade route between Nepal and China

The trade route between Nepal and China lies in Sindhupalchok, Kodari. Kodari is a small village located at the border with Tibet-China. It is at the end of Arniko Highway which connects Kodari with Kathmandu which is 144 KM away from Kodari. It is a border crossing from Nepal into the Tibet Autonomous Region. Kodari is a part of Tatopani, which is famous for spring with natural hot water. Kodari connects Nepal with the town Zhangmu, Dram, or Khasa, situated in Nyalam County, Shigatse Prefecture of Tibet.

(Picture: Friendship bridge between Nepal and China at Kodari)

The April and May 2015 earthquakes essentially closed the route due to numerous landslides and boulders coming down, damaging roads in Nepal and Tibet (China). The checkpoint finally reopened on 29 May 2019. The route is especially used by tourists traveling between Nepal and Tibet and by traders for trans-border trade.

  1. Bhotekoshi Bungee

Nepal’s first bungee jumping site lies in Sindhupalchok district which is situated 160m over the wild Bhote Kosi river, located close to the Nepal-Tibet border, a three-hour bus ride from Kathmandu. This ultimate jump from the 160-meter high bridge is the most spectacular bungee jump on the planet. This remarkable 500ft drop into the Bhote Koshi River is the longest free-fall in the world. One can experience 3 seconds of free while bungee jumping here.

(Picture: Free fall experience during Bungee)

The bungee at Bhote Koshi River is operated by Last Resort,  the Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately-owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for bungee jumping with a 4x-safety factor and has a loading factor of 41,500 kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurements. Other adventurous sports; canyoning, rafting, and swing are also done in the area. 

  1. Name Sindhu-Palchok

The name of Sindhupalchok is formed with the merger of two popular names; a river Sindhu and a temple Palchoki. Sindhu river is a seasonal river which ends up in the Indrawati river, the locals of Sindhupalchok keep the high value of this river. Palchoki Mai temple lies in Helambu Rural Municipality. This temple is a sacred place for every person in Sindhupalchok. It is mostly popular among Hindus in Nepal. 

  1. The trekking route to Gosaikunda

A trekking route to Gosaikunda goes via Sindhupalchok district. This route is more difficult than the most used trekking route via Dhunche, Rasuwa. But it offers a great view of snow peaks, mountain ranges, wildlife, birds, and an awesome experience to walk through the sub-tropical forest to the alpine zone from day 01. It is a 6 days trek if a person chooses this route he/she reaches SuryaKunda before Gosaikunda. Surya Kunda is another lake at a higher altitude than Godaikunda. The elevation of Gosaikunda is 4380m whereas the elevation of Suryakunda is 4610m. 

(Picture: Scenic view of Gosaikunda)

Gosaikunda lies in the Rasuwa district. The lake is one of the most important spiritual destinations for both Buddhists and Hindus. The Group of lakes and surrounding peaks make the place surreal. The viewpoint above the lake is overlooking the Langtang valley with a wide range of Himalayan peaks.

Anish Manandhar

Bhaktapur, Nepal

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