Our Journey to Ghale Gaun Lamjung : Tuka Chhetri-Sandwell
There are many places in Nepal with full of natural wonders which is not appreciated while you are young and seen it every day. It is experience of maturing and travelling around world makes one realize the true value of those wonders one grew up with.
I was born and brought up in Duradanda, Lamjung and had a privileged to study at Sarbodaya High School established in 2009. Radha Paudel a Nurse, Peace maker, social worker and winner of international peace award and most prestigious Nepali award ‘Madan Puraskar’ 3rd women to receive in history has strong root to Lamjung had desire to visit Ghale Gaun for last decade and we decided to put our plan to implement.
We, my brother, nephews, Radha and I started our journey to Ghale Gaun on 27thOctober 2014. Journey to Besi Sahar, District headquartor of Lamjung was smooth and comfortable in the context of Nepali Road.
Road to Ghale Gaun (photo from above)
Our Journey began at 3pm local time and road condition appeared worse than Jumla which I experienced in our last trip. My nephews had knowledge of driving in different road conditions and they were very helpful to clear the road as we go and directing the driver, despite all this the driver was grumpy to the extreme and to some extent we started regretting our travel plan we thought we were in danger too. Eventually we arrived to our destination at 7 pm without major incidence despite the dangerous road and unhappy driver.
We were welcomed at Ghale Gaun and accommodated in several house. We all enjoyed the locally grown home cooked meal (cooked in agena) by sitting and eating around it on Gundri.
Radha started to interview the daughter of land lord, young girl visiting her parents in Tihar. I was amazed by Radha’s question very private in nature and young girl’s answer in such innocent/shy expression which sunk in my heart. We, Radha, Girl and I had good laugh at the time but I still have that innocent face fresh in my memory.
On 28th morning we started at 6am to view the sun rise, we were able to see Annapurna range, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Ganesh and only a tip of Machhapuchre on the left. It might be breath taking for many people but to me It was little disappointment because I was spoilt by the childhood memory of snowy mountain surrounded 90 degree from our Aagan. We all (my family) thought Turlungkot in Duradanda would have been the better tourist spot than Ghale Gaun.