August 08 , 2016
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a familiarization trip for media personnel to the Timal region is Kavre where the association is planning to build a tourism memorial park.
Altogether 16 media personnel affiliated to different print, broadcast and online media participated in the fam trip.
Similarly, representative of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), senior officer Santosh Ghimire, as well as office-bearers and executive members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the fam trip.
The fam trip began with a drive to Khawa on the Araniko Highway where all the participants enjoyed breakfast. After that, the trip progressed on the Araniko Highway till Panchkhal, and took a right turn toward Hokse village and then to Thulo Parsel VDC situated on the top of a hill above Sunkoshi River.
Local villages accorded a warm welcome to the participants at Thulo Parsel. Locals dressed in typical Tamang attire sang their traditional songs amid beating of drums called Damphu. A panche baja troop led the participants to the lunch point where the Thulo Parsel VDC and Timal Damphu Youth organized a cultural program in honor of all the participants. The main attraction of the program was the Shaman dance. Three shamans performed shamanic rituals amid beating of traditional drums and chanting of the sacred mantras. Shamanism roots back to the Bon era.
After lunch, the participants embarked on a short hiking to the proposed site of 'TAAN Tourism Memorial Park' in Chanpkhori VDC. Traditional Tamang snacks were offered to the participants on the way. During the hiking trip, participants also got to learn about Buddha chitta beads – one of the fastest growing exports of Kavre district in recent times.
At Chanpkhori, locals were ready with khadas and panche baja troop to welcome the participants. The participants were escorted to the proposed site where tents had been erected beforehand. Cultural performance continued till dinner time after which all the participants got inside their designated tents.
A formal program was organized at the proposed site on the second day. Speaking at the program,
TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung said that TAAN was committed to build the tourism memorial park. "We are holding discussion for the same with different government agencies. The park will materialize soon," he added.
Likewise, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama said that a monument will be erected in the park in memory of trekkers, mountaineers and support staff who lost their lives in course of trekking and mountaineering activities in Nepal. "By building a monument in memory of the deceased trekkers, we aim to convey the message to their family members that Nepal has not forgotten them," he said, adding that museum, documenting Tamang history, culture and tradition, as well as plantation area will be the other major attractions of the park. He further added that a master plan for the plan will be prepared soon.
Similarly, TAAN Media Coordinator Surya Bahadur Ghimire said TAAN chose Timal to build the tourism memorial park as the place falls in the Great Buddhist Master Trail which the TAAN had explored some years before.
TAAN had explored Timal and the Mahabharat range in Kavre district four years ago. It has branded two trekking trails in the region – Rhododendron Mahabharat Trail and The Great Buddhist Master Trail
The participants also visited local attractions like Timal Narayansthan, Rimpoche caves and Kot Timal before departing to Kathmandu.
TAAN 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, 2nd Vice President Ram Prasad Sapkota, Secretary Mukti Pandey and Joint Treasurer Krishna Man Shrestha as well as Executive Members Sarita Lama, Wangchu Sherpa, Pema Sherpa 'Sangam', Surya Bahadur Ghimire and Dawa Lama were present on the occasion. Likewise, TAAN staffers Bishnu Bhattarai, Devendra Dangol, Raju Chitrakar, Prakash Khadka, Sunil Shakya and Ambika Adhikari were also in the team.