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Hotel Thakali P. Ltd.

Hotel Thakali, Dhunche, Rasuwa, NepalNepal has every category of accommodation facilities that range from the international standard star hotels to budget hotels and lodges. Dhunche is the capital of Rasuwa District in Bagmati Zone, Nepal. It is located at 287'N 8517'E? / ?28.117N 85.283E? / 28.117; 85.283 at an altitude of 1,764 metres (5,787 ft). At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 2,034 people residing in 504 individual households. Rasuwa District ... more

Dhunche, Rasuwa, Nepal

Photo, Dhunche, Rasuwa, NepalDhunche is the capital of Rasuwa District in Bagmati Zone, Nepal. It is located at 287'N 8517'E? / ?28.117N 85.283E? / 28.117; 85.283 at an altitude of 1,764 metres (5,787 ft). At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 2,034 people residing in 504 individual households. Rasuwa District, a part of Bagmati Zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Dhunche as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,544 km and has a population (2001) of 44,731. Gosaikunda lake is located in the district.

By the time you reach Dhunche, 119km from Kathmandu, you will have been inspected by countless redundant police and army checkpoints, plus paid Rs 1000 to enter the Langtang National Park. Irritation evaporates quickly, however, because there are spectacular views of the Langtang Valley, and although the modern section of Dhunche is pretty tacky, it's definitely a Tamang town, and the old section is virtually unchanged.

Photo, Dhunche, Rasuwa, NepalMany people start trekking from Dhunche, although there is a bus to Syabrubesi as well. Rasuwa district, a part of Bagmati zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Dhunche as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,544 km. The district of Rasuwa is also known as The Land Of Tamangs, as nearly 80% of people from this region are from these casts. Tamang is a name of a cast under which there are many different sub-casts. The Southern part of the district contains more than 70% of the population. Currently we are working in Dhaibung, Bhorle, Yarsa, Saramthali and Laharepauwa VDCs'.

There are no internet connections in this region. You may find a few radios and televisions which broadcast local stations. There are no newspapers. There is one telephone station but it is quite expensive. So the people of this region are not able to consume the basic needs of getting the right information at the right time.

Photo, Dhunche, Rasuwa, NepalSome Place to visit in Rasuwa
The places are rural and are in beautiful natural surroundings. The villages are near the Langtang National park and you can see the peaks from Langtang and Ganesh mountain range. Cultural variances are the main interest point for people. Villages regularly conduct festivals, local holy feasts, weddings and other ritual ceremonies. There is also a temple in most villages.

Gosainkunda Lake, Nepal's most famous religious places of pilgrimage, (4,300 m) in the Syabru VDC on the southern slopes of Jugal Himal, is a mini trek by itself and can be done in about five days. Every year during Janai Purnima in August, thousands of Hindu pilgrims come here to lake holy bathe in the lake. Gosainkunda is a sacred lake for Hindus and Buddhists alike, and is said to have had its origin when Lord Shiva swallowed poison to save the world. It is believed he pierced the earth with his trishul (trident) from where a fountain of water sprang forming a lake where the burning Shiva jumped to soothe the burning in his throat. There are 108 lakes in this region some of which are named Saraswati, Bhairav, Surya and Ganesh. Gosainkunda is considered one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The best approach to Gosainkunda is through Dhunche, 132 kilometers north-east of Kathmandu. Dhunche is linked with Kathmandu by a motorable road. The trekking to Gosainkunda from Dhunche takes two days.

Photo, Dhunche, Rasuwa, NepalThe trail to Gosainkunda climbs from either Dhunche or Syabru through lush rhodo­dendron hillsides to Sing Gompa. East of the lakes Lauribina (4,600 m) pass leads to Helambu. The trail descends to Tharepati, where it divides into two return routes to Kathmandu. The shorter way rides the ridge south through cool rhododendron forests passing several Tamang villages, and crests toward the Kathmandu Valley rim at Burlang Bhanjyang, some 1,100 m above Sundarijal. This ridge forms the divide between two of Nepal's major river systems - the Gandaki, which extends west to Dhaulagiri, and the Saptakosi whose tributaries extend east to Kanchenjunga on the border with Sikkim.

The other trail from Tharepati plunges 1,000 m to a tributary of the Melamchi Khola (river) and above it the sherpa village of Helambu. Stone houses scatter across the terraced fields above an old gompa (monastery) dressed with tall prayer flags. A gompa set on the ridge above Tarkeghyang com­mands excellent views of the Himalaya, looking north toward Ganja La pass and Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m) and a number of peaks over 6,000 m.

During Janai Purnima (full-moon festival in August), around 25,000 Hindu and Buddhists pilgrims visit the holy Gosainkunda Lake in about a one-week period. At this time jhankris (Shaman priests) come from all over Nepal to dance in an induced trance to all night singing and drum beating. The trail to Gosainkunda involves rapid ascent to 4,380 m, and therefore, it is best done after acclimatizing in Chandanbari, Lauribinayak or Tharepati.

Langtang National Park
Langtang National Park is the nearest park to Kathmandu. It is situated Situated in the Central Himalaya. The area of the Langtang National Park extends from 32 km north of Kathmandu to the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. Langtang was designated as the first Himalayan National Park in 1970-71, and was gazetted in March 1976.The main purpose of the Langtang National park is to preserve the natural environment, and protecting the endangered wild lives at the same time allowing local people and tourists to follow traditional land use practices that are compatible with resource protection. Some of the most attractive areas of the park include the Langtang Valley, the holy lakes at Gosainkunda, and the forested hillsides above the village of Helambu. Langtang region predominantly lies in Rasuwa district of Bagmati zone.

Getting Langtang
A 6 to 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche in Rasuwa district is the most convenient approach to Langtang. From Dhunche it is about three days trekking up the gorge of the Trisuli River (or the Bhote Kosi as it is known above Dhunche) to Langtang Valley. The spectacular track up this gorge once formed an important trade route to the Tibetan fort at Kerung, just over the Chinese border at Rasuwagadi. The trail passes through a dense forest of oak, birch and pine, hung with Spanish moss and hosting delicate orchids. Further on, the valley opens out into alpine meadows and yak pastures. The Park is also accessible from Sundarijal toward the north east of Kathmandu and from Melamchi Bazar, about 3-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Tamang Heritage Trail
The Tamang Heritage Trail gives an opportunity to experience the beauty of this mountain region and the culture of the Tamang people who live here. The trail passes through traditional Tamang villages where life, culture, and crafts have remained unchanged since the beginning of the settlment. Warm traditional welcome hosted by the locals, their elaborate costumes, rich architecture of their mountain houses, and the ancient monasteries and places of pray add color to the experience of this trail. In addition to cultural experience, the trek also offers wilderness experience through beautiful landscapes of alpine terrain, flat meadows, and rhododendron forests

Briddim Village
Briddim is a Tibetan Buddhist village in the bosom of Langtang Himal. It is located at an elevation of 2229 m. Around 43 houses are spread in Z shape. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of splitshake. Experiencing the Tibetan culture of this region is the right way to visit briddim village of rasuwa district. Though the inhabitants of this place are Tamang by ethnicity, they are largely influenced by Tibetan culture. It is a live museum reflecting the traditional culture of the Tamangs, and their day to day lifestyle. Their lifestyle is an interesting facet of the village. The major features of subsistence of the villager include livestock production, agriculture and trade with Kerung (Tibet).

Village Development Committees VDC's of Rasuwa District:

Bhorle Briddhim Chilime Dandagaun Dhaibung Dhunche Gatlang Goljung
Haku Jibjibe Khamjim Laharepauwa Langtang Ramche Saramthali Syafru
Sherpa Goan Thulogaun Thuman Timure Yarsa