August 29 , 2014
A 16-member team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently explored a new trekking route in Badi Malika area in the far-western region.
The team, which was led by Tilak Thapa Magar -- joint treasurer of TAAN, started exploration on August 4 and returned to Kathmandu on August 13.
Advance Monitor – a tourism monthly -- was the local partner for the exploration.
The exploration trip began with a drive to Jadanga in Bajura and passed through Korda, Bodha Korda, Bhito Charne and Tribeni before reaching Badi Malika temple.
Team leader Magar said TAAN explored Badi Malika area to promote tourism in far-western region which is lagging behind despite having immense tourism potentials. “We chose Badi Malika because the area holds great tourism significance. We can connect this trip with Khaptad and develop a standard package of around two weeks,” he added. He also said TAAN will help to construct necessary infrastructures along the trail. “There is a need to widen the trail in some places. We also need to install signposts and develop camping sites,” Magar said, adding: “Likewise, locals need to be trained to start tea houses and community lodges.
Talking about attractions in the new route, Magar said Tribeni can be developed as a skiing site as the place is covered with snow in the winter. “From here, we can also build cable cat to the temple premises,” he added.
According to Kishor Khadka, editor of Advance Monitor, Badi Malika is a famous religious shrine in the far-western region. “The temple wears festive look during Janai Poornima and Ganga Dasahara festivals, drawing pilgrims from different parts of the country as well as from neighboring India,” he said, adding that even government agencies perform special pooja at the temple during the Janai Poornima festivals.
Khadka also said one can see grasslands, nomadic shepherds and terrace fields on the way. “Visitors can also enjoy breathtaking views of different mountain peaks like Api and Saipal from the Badi Malika temple premises,” he added
While returning, the trek passes through Dhabalpur Daha and Maurya. Vehicles to Kathmandu are available at Maurya.
TAAN is preparing promotional documentary, map and guidebook to promote the new route.