Well, this Tihar , on 18th of Kartik, 2073, we were on a brief hiking to the mountain of Budhikot situated at an elevation of some 2000m at Deurali-6 & 9, Gorkha.
The trip was memorable in that it consisted of an unexpected assemblage of hikers and the view from atop the mountain was breathtaking thanks to the perfect time and season chosen.
Well the trip was proposed and initiated by me myself. For quite a while I’ve been an avid enthusiast of hiking and trekking. Even though I was born and raised amid the gigantic hills and in the country life full of ‘hardships’, I’ve constantly loathed the enervative city life. Nature in its crude, pristine form is the most beautiful and pleasing thing for me.
The hiking lasted for approx. 5 hours. We started at 7 in the morning and came to conclude by the noon.
What to see?
Hiking to Budhikot is full of excitements if not wonders. Besides the breathtaking, panoramic view of the Himalayas which is the main attraction, you can feel the nature in its unspoiled, pristine form.
(A sweeping view of the Himalayas as seen from Budhikot with the blogger in the foreground)
1. In spring, you can see the mountain painted in red of rhododendrons. Though not in abundance, rhododendrons found at and near the mountain top nonetheless provides a rare respite from the arduous walk up or down the steep slope.
2. Mt. Budhikot is famous not only for its breathtaking, sweeping view of the Himalayas which includes Mt. Dhavalagiri in the west to Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machapuchray, to Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh etc. in the far east, but also for its sacredness as it is surmounted with a beautiful temple of the goddess of Budhikot- also called ‘Budhikoti Devi’.
3. The top of Budhikot is a perfect place for picnicking too. Although water is not an easy amenity there, there’s often a reserve of enough water required for picnicking purposes. There’s a system of collecting rainwater and thus collected water can be used for other purposes if not for drinking. Enough CGI-roofed sheds have been built in order to prevent from weather elements.
4. If you’re lucky enough, you can spot some wild animals, too like red monkeys, hares, mongooses, jackals, etc. We had witnessed a large group of monkeys and a wild rabbit before we descended down the mountain.
Lastly, I am very much thankful to Badri Adhikari and his nephew Pradip for readily accepting my invitation (for the hiking).
Some scenes from the trip: