The journey is more interesting than the destination. Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, in the Kathmandu Valley, is a popular destination known for its diverse flora and fauna. It offers hiking opportunities with well-marked trails, making it a peaceful escape from the bustling city of Kathmandu.
The hike started with the doggy while we are having tea in local shop. I tossed cookies to him and said, “Eat it.” The dog stared at me, attempting to communicate. I observed an angry young man expression on his face. Even though he couldn’t speak, I felt like I heard his inner voice saying “मैं आज भी फेंके हुए पैसे नहीं उठाता। (I still don’t pick up thrown-away money.)”. This reminded me of a famous dialogue from the classic Bollywood film “Deewar”. I could sense the spirit of Amitabh Bachchan within him. Although later on, he did eat the cookies, maybe Shakti Kapoor’s spirit replaces Bachchan’s. Joking aside.
त जादैनस् भनेर मैले सोदिन, तैले भनिनस् भनेर म आइन
I thought you wouldn’t go, so I didn’t ask, and you thought you didn’t ask, which is why I’m not going.
We have been hiking together for a long time. In the past, we explored many places. It’s been a while since we last hiked together. Finally, it happened on the 20th of October 2023. I went on a short hike with my longtime buddy Subin (Mr Bin). Friendship holds great significance in life, especially as we grow older. I’ve had a friendship with Mr Bin for over two decades.
Shivapuri National Park to Tarevir Hiking
Tarevir, located on the outskirts of Shivapuri National Park, doesn’t require an entrance fee. However, since we intended to hike from within the national park, we purchased two tickets at a cost of Rs 100 each. After completing the necessary registration and passing through the army checkpoint, we took a few pictures at the starting point. The hike from Shivapuri gate to Tarevir takes a maximum of 2 hours, so there’s no need to rush.
We walked the hiking trails, listening to the soothing sounds of birds, explored shortcuts and adventurous routes, making it a convenient and peaceful nature escape for us. There were only two of us at first, but later we encountered two other hikers on the trail. We walked slowly, enjoying the scenic beauty, and took pictures for our memories and to share in social media.
While on a hiking trail, we observed that trees are categorize based on various factors like their type, family, and unique characteristics. Labels are affixed to the trees to aid in comprehending and efficiently managing the biodiversity, ecology, and resources of the ecosystem.
The hiking trail remained clean with no plastic, no cover of wai wai or bottles, and the route had clear navigation markers. The Nepal Army maintained the jungles and their greenery. Otherwise, the Land Mafia and Dale Dai would have destroyed these jungles for commercial land use. So, there’s no need to worry about the 100 rupees registration fee for entry.
After walking for about one and a half hours, we arrived at Tarevir.
Tarevir, a Tamang village in the foothills of Shivapuri, wasn’t as well-known back then. During a semi-lockdown when the government had closed down all hiking and trekking routes, it gained popularity. Tarevir is located on the outskirts of Shivapuri, and no registration is required. I still recall my first visit to this place when I had a mask on my face. There was a large crowd, and hardly anyone was wearing a mask. Local people asked us why we were wearing masks.
It used to be an unknown destination for hikers, but suddenly, everyone is talking about it. There are numerous local restaurants and local resorts to enjoy a meal. Trying the local food is something you won’t regret.
We didn’t explore all the restaurants, but eventually, we spotted the Ultimate Venue resort on the way back to Budanilkantha. We placed an order for Dal Bhat with local chicken. It took some time, so in the meantime, we had Wai Wai sandeko and tea. The food was delicious, and the views of Kathmandu City were truly beautiful.
With full stomachs and feeling a bit lazy about walking downhill, we suddenly saw an SUV, and without any hesitation, we accepted a ride. They dropped us off near Gangalal Hospital. Thanks to the driver, Mr. Dewan, from Shankhuwasabha.
Pork and Vodka
Mr Bin wished to hire a vehicle, but I declined. Instead, I proposed that we should try some delicious pork at a local restaurant in Baluwatar, and he readily agreed.
We embarked on a walk from Gangalal Hospital to Baluwatar without a single complaint, motivated by the anticipation of savoring some mouthwatering pork. Once we arrived, we promptly ordered pork and complemented with some vodka with spirite. The pork we had here surpassed the taste of what we’ve previously enjoyed in Nakhipot. What’s interesting is that this restaurant, while nameless, is humorously referred to as “नाम में क्या रखा है? (What’s in a name?)”