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Phulchowki Hiking Route, Day Trip with Godawari Garden

Phulchowki hiking

Phulchowki Hiking easy near Kathmandu and is the perfect short trip for spending time with nature. This place is referred to as “Hill of Flowers”. Popular due to lying on the highest hill (2782m). It is located approx. 14 km in the southeast of Kathmandu valley. The name Pulchowki represents one of the famous Hindu goddesses. Many Hindu people visit this place and make pilgrimage tours.

A hike to this Dada is an opportunity to have a short escape from the valley and find yourself in the silence, and enjoy the views this Dada is offering.

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Are you in search of the shortest and peaceful destination around Kathmandu valley? Are you a self-enjoyer? Exploring new places is your hobby? Then no need to worry. Therefore, this hiking would freshen up yourself. Avoid worrying as Above the Himalaya is always there to make your trip the most memorable one. We will provide you the trip based on your needs and choice. Pulchowki Dada could be the perfect option to kill your boredom.
Get ready to free from the crowded place and enjoy quality time with nature. Get ready to nurture your traveling hunger. Here we provide you a special one-day Phulchowki hiking package. Being with us would make you realize how to enjoy nature.

 

Phulchowki hiking

Hiking through the dense forest with Rhododendron

Talking about the physical and surrounding scenario of this place, it is all surrounded by dense forest. It consists of different plants that include Rhododendron of numerous colors. Of which the pure white and dark red is most lovely. This dense forest is also the home for different species of birds and butterflies. You can see different kinds of birds namely, Rufous-gorgeted, Yellow-browed Tit, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Red-billed Leiothrix, Whiskered Yuhina, Besra, Racket-tailed Drongos and Bronzed, Nepal Cutia, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, etc. this is the best place for birdwatching in Nepal.

If you love to travel and want to explore new places. Then Pulchowki hiking can be the best option for you. This is the easiest hiking option for beginner travelers.

Phulchowki is also a religious site, many people also trek to Pulchowki hike for religious purposes. Phulchowki is a famous Hindu temple for pilgrimage. Pulchowki hike shows the beauty of Nepal’s culture as well as natural beauty. Generally, people who come to Nepal for trekking mountainous regions and other areas take a day off from their trekking seclude for visiting the Phulchowki hike. It is also taken as a side trek for people trekking to Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp.

Trip Highlights of Phulchowki Hiking

  • Easiest Hike through beautiful dense forest.
  • The eye-catching view of the Himalayan ranges
  • Visit the botanical garden in Godawari
  • Enjoy the famous activity called Bird watching (Phulchowki is considered best for bird watching)
  • Enjoy the beauty of Sub-tropical forest
  • You can have wonderful views of the Kathmandu valley.
  • Stunning view of  Trekking in Annapurna  and Gauri Shankar
  • Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Yellow-browed Tit, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike, and many more are the varieties of birds you will encounter there.

Some facts of Phulchowki hiking

  • Duration: 1/2 days
  • Start/End: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Trip type: Solo/Group
  • Level of Trip: Easy
  • Best Seasons: Sept-Dec(Winter Season), March-May(Spring Season)
  • Transportation: Private/Public Vehicle
  • Accommodation: Restaurant/ Lodges
  • Trip Style: Tour
  • Destination: Nepal

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Phulchowki Hiking route

Are you curious about how to go to Pulchowki? This article helps to know everything about the Phulchowki hiking route. Among different adorable hikes in Nepal, the Pulchowki hike is one of the easy and divine experiences. Pulchowki hike is the best hiking area near Kathmandu. For people feeling bore at home or people being stress with their work, you can hike the Pulchowki dada and enjoy gorgeous views. Trekking to Pulchowki is a day hike where you can visit the enchanting beauty of nature. This place is situated at a distance of 14 km southeast of the capital city Kathmandu. The altitude of Pulchowki dada is 2782 meters above sea level.

Phulchowki Hiking route is also the highest hills around Kathmandu valley. It takes 4 -5 hours to reach Pulchowki dad from Kathmandu. Mainly people of the valley and other places hike to Pulchowki to listen to the music of nature and enjoy its silence. Pulchowki is a beautiful place and worth visiting, it is also called a “hill of flowers”. The journey to Pulchowki hike starts to form about an hour’s drive from Kathmandu to Godawari. Since you will be trekking from Godawari you might have to start this trek from early in the morning. Godawari is a beautiful place full of green vegetation and many species of birds and animals.

This is a 1-day hiking trip from Kathmandu.

It only takes a 1-hour drive which is then followed by 4-5 hours. It lies at about 2760m. The name Pulchowki is actually driven by its Nepali meaning Pul-flowers and chowki means garden. Thus, it is a garden full of a variety of flowers. Lying in the southeast of Kathmandu is at the shortest distance tour from Kathmandu. It is nearly 14 km away from the center of Kathmandu. Watching a variety of flora and fauna would be the best therapy for your eyes. Bird watching is another best activities you can do here.

 Itinerary for the Phulchowki day hiking

05: 00 – Have breakfast and be ready
06:00- Our office representative will reach the hotel to take you in our private jeep
06:15 – Head towards Godawari
07:00 – Tea break, last-minute shopping at Godawari, buy snacks, chocolate, water bottle.
07:30 – Complete all the procedures at the entrance gate like entry fee payment. Then start your hike.
11:00- You will reach the top of the hill. Visit Pulchowki Mai temple. Rest for some time while gazing at the surrounding.
12:00 (Noon)-Have lunch at the hotel. Roam, click the photo, enjoy bird watching throughout the day
3:00- Be prepare for returning. Grab the same trail to descend to Godawari.
5:00- Have snack and tea break at Godawari
5:30- Head towards Kathmandu

Reason to visit Phulchowki dada

Phulchowki hill claims 570 species of flowering plants and about one-third of bird species in Nepal. During the spring season, the hill is blessed with a national flower, Rhododendron. A dense forest full of the national flower is another name of heaven. You know what is more fascinating, after reaching the top of the hill, you will see the Pulchowki Mai shrine presented with prayer flags. It will give you a spiritual-religious feeling. Not only this, the whole hiking trail giving you a good taste of natural scenarios. The Pulchowki hike journey starts after having 45 mins short drive from Kathmandu to Godawari.

Godawari can be another shortest traveling destinations in Nepal. Godawari is also the best known for its marvelous environment and rich wildlife. This is a peaceful place where you can enjoy your full time lying in the lap of nature.

Reaching the peak of the Phulchowki dada would expose you to a clear view of the sparkling mountain. As a result, you will get the opportunity to see an incredible panoramic view of Gaurishanker Himal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Annapurna range towards the eastern part.

There is a small temple of Phulchwoki Mai at the top

This Phulchowki dada is also regarded as a place carrying great cultural values. Thus, many pilgrims, especially Hindus visit this dada and worship Phulchowki Mai. You can see the big temple of Pulchowki at the top of the hill. This temple is decorated and bordered by the prayer flag. You can worship the goddess Pulchowki Mai while enjoying nature.

Another best part of this Phulchowki hiking is, Pulchowki dada is only the spot where you can enjoy snowfall in the winter season. Therefore, many people can be spotted here during the winter season.

The botanical garden is another best factor for visiting Godawari. Botanical gardens consist of various plants, birds, and trees, which you cannot find in another place. This garden is like storage for rare plants. All plants are kept with their scientific name and its uses, if you are a plant lover then this place can serve you all the necessary information. Various researchers visit here for study purposes. Staying 1 day there would be a perfect idea.

 

Highlights of Godawari Botanical Garden Tour

 

  • Visit National Botanical Garden (full of rear plants)
  • Visiting Godavari Kunda inside the garden
  • You can capture thousands of good quality photo
  • Can have delighted food in the best restaurant

After reaching Godawari, get ready for 3-4 hrs enjoyable hiking towards Pulchowki Mai. Having lunch at the top hill, while having a beautiful scenario cringing on the eye, is really a pleasurable moment. Enjoying the precious moment of being surrounded by the greenery may tempt you to stay there forever. However, there is another best destination waiting for your visit.

Thus, descending down to Godawari with taking with an easy 2 hours. And then return to Kathmandu by having a 45mins car drive.

The eye-catching scenery would keep you engaged throughout the hiking period. As well as local people will offer you various food. Jaw-dropping Annapurna range and Gauri Shankar depicts the best Mountain View. After having delicious lunch at the hill, enjoy the remaining day time looking over the mountain, birds, plants, etc. Then at around, 2 pm, your hike will descend through the same trail. It will take only 2 hours for descending the trail.

 

Includes

  • Comfortable transportation facility (Private car/jeep transport from and to Godawari)
  • Experienced local guide for the hike
  • Special Lunch during the hike with tea/coffee at regular break.
  • Essential medical kits/ First aid kits and hiking stick
  • Water bottle, snacks
  • All the paper works and service charge

 

Excludes

  • Accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Any alcoholic beverages.
  • Electrical appliances
  • Tips to the guide.

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Conclusion

Nevertheless, Phulchowki Hiking is one of the most beautiful hiking related to Green Vegetation and Birds Watching. You will be covered with the beauty of the sub-tropical forest. Surrounded by the pure white and red rhododendron would surely melt your heart. You can also find a plethora of oak trees. Additionally, hundreds of different species of flowers, trees, plants, and herbs, in the botanical garden, would make the moment charitable. The botanical gardens never fail to impress you with natural beauty.

If you are in Kathmandu then your trek starts with 45 mins short drive from Kathmandu to the Godavari. If you have enough time, you can have a 1-day tour at Godawari too. Enjoy the botanical garden tour, enjoy the delicious food in the luxurious hotel, and learn about different plants. Your hike would gradually towards uphill along with the dense sub-tropical forest. I assure you that you will enjoy the walk through the dense forest. Comparing to another hike, the Pulchowki hike will cost you very little effort, as this trek is mostly easy and scenic. The eye-catching view of Kathmandu is another best part of this trek.  Thus enjoy the glorious one-day Phulchowki hiking with our team.

Happy Hiking!!!!!!!!!!

Nepal Launches New Map – Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura

Nepal New map including Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura

The border disputes related toKalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura are now approaching towards conclusion after the exposure of a new map by the Nepal government. The longer border disputes rooted since 1864 AD, was not able to successfully conclude, despite having various meetings.
Nepalese has always dreamt of its greater Nepal. As our greatest leader in the past has fought to make one united greatest Nepal.

The government of Nepal on May 18, 2020, has published its new political map including these three states which is the property of Nepal but was never officially included in the map. Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation Padma Aryal exposed the map during a press meet on May 18, 2020. According to the updated map, these territories lie in Byas Rural Municipality of Darchula District, Sudurpaschim Province. After adding this conflicted territory, which was initially occupied by India, the total area of Nepal increases to 147,516 square kilometers. Before this, the total area of Nepal was 147,181 square kilometers. These territories consist of Gunji, Navi, Kuti that lies near Kalapani. This new official map will come into use soon.

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We all are very proud of the vital decision of the Nepal government. Nepal Launches New map including Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura on May 18, 2020. Many experts have given their strong statements regarding these issues. However, some of the Indian media are expressing objection regarding this issue. It is because they are unaware of the facts and the sugauli treaty done in 1816 AD.

New maps include the Limpiyadhura also

These north-western territories (Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura) have created a long term headache for Nepal, as both sides claim to be their own. However, based on the sugauli treaty done in 1864 AD proves that these territories belong to Nepal.

This revolutionary decision of Nepal was triggered after the inauguration of road construction done by India passing through these territories without any consent of Nepal. On May 12, 2020, India started the 79-km road construction to Manasarover that passes through these disputed areas(Kalapani, Lipulekh, Limpiyadhura). These actions were unilateral moves of the Indian Government. Several efforts were made for fixing a date for Foreign Secretariat level talks. Nepal government has also asked to “refrain from carrying out any activity inside the territory of Nepal.” Despite, those clear information, India has intentionally triggered Nepal by its disrespectful act.

In 2005, the Indian Government has obvious to construct the link road which was officially started in 2008. In 2014, the project has accelerated.
After the illegal inauguration of the road construction, the Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali had offered an ambassadorial note to Indian Ambassador Vinay Mohan Kwatra, clearly stating Nepal’s views on boundary issues.

History behindLipulekh, Limuyadhara, Kalapani

The origination of the territorial disputes dated back to the Treaty of Sugauli, signed in 1815 AD, December. Which was approved by the East India Company and the Kingdom of Nepal in 1816 AD. This was done after the end of the anglo-Nepalese war (1814-1816). Where Nepal lost 1/3rd of the territory.

In 1860, then Nepalese Prime Minister Junga Bahadur Rana helped the British in overpowering the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The result of this activity has led to the return of some parts of western terai to Nepal. Based on article V of the Sugauli Treaty, the eastern side of the Kali River belongs to Nepal and the western part of India. The source of the Kali River creates the greatest border disputes.

Nepali border expert claims the Kala Pani areas are Nepalese territory, based on the maps published by the then British Surveyor General of India in 1827 and 1856. Pondering to the fact that, the source of the Kali river lies at Limpiyadhura. Which circumstances that Kala Pani and lipulekh lies on the eastern side of the river. Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, Senior border experts also asserts that the river flows to the west of Kalapani. This is the main Kali river which comes from  Limpiyadhura. According to him, Limpiyadhura is the main source of the Kali river, which is also mentioning in the Old Atlas of China’, 1903.

Kalapani is the Nepali territory

In 2015, Nepal objects to the India-china object trade pact via lipulekh. However, India titles Pankhagad, a small river, lying on the southern part of Kalapani is the true border. Which somehow shows these areas are on their side. India generated new maps in 1879 AD, in which they rename the river flown from Limpyudhara. And conclude the kali river to river flown from kalapani. Which was a false statement India claims according to the changing map in 1879.

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They failed to assert their point as they hadn’t shown the real border, which is the Kali River. However, disputes is not a new one. As time and again, table talks have been done. But no conclusion has made in each meeting, no actions have been taken in these sectors. But now the triggering activities of road construction had made Nepal step these great actions.

Importance of Lipulekh and Kalapani

Another main vital reason behind this territory is its strategic importance.
Lipulekh, Kalapani, is a trio-junction of India, Nepal, and China. They possess geostrategic and geopolitical importance. They can keep an eye on China remaining in that area. In the 1993 Indo-China war, these parts are given as a lease to support. They set a camp in Limpyudhara for some time. During that time, they realize how important these areas are.
From the geo-economic point of view, it is the straight and shortest route from North India to Kailash Mansarovar.

Overview of Geography of Nepal

Nepal that lies between China and India, is a beautiful mountain country. It is lying in South Asia, sharing borders with China in the North and India on all other sides (the south, east, and west). The total area of Nepal is 147,181 sq. km and it lies between manages approximately 28°N and 84°E. It falls in the Temperate Zone of the north of the Tropic Cancer. The total distance from east to west of Nepal is 800 km whereas 150 to 250 from north to south.
The highest point in the country is marked as Mt. Everest (8,848 m)
And the lowest point is Jhapa (60 m), the Terai plains of Kechana Kalan.

As a matter of fact, Nepal is the second-largest country in terms of water resources. The huge water system of Nepal flow towards southern India. Nepal is mainly divided into three main geographical regions: the Himalayan region, the Hilly region, and the Terai region. Nepali is the official language of Nepali most people speak this language in Nepal. Our official currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR).
Nepal is a country with cultural diversity consisting of more than 80 ethnic groups.

Nepal is a small mountain country

Being a small mountain country, yet possess various world records factors, which is proud of Nepal. Besides these, the bravery of the Nepalese People has set an example in the whole world. They are ready to die, for protecting the motherland. Breathtaking beauty, cultural biodiversity is the awesome factor of Nepal, which makes Nepal stood out from another country. Nepal is truly a gem for travelers.

From having a wide variety of flora and fauna to holding the rarest species, Nepal is very popular. One-horned Rhino, Red panda, Bengal tiger, and the national flower Rhododendron are some of the rare species are in Nepal.
These articles will include facts about the famous and intriguing factors of Nepal that you must know.

Below is the list of interesting facts about Nepal covering its people, culture, history, geography, etc.

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Conclusion

Most importantly, If you want to know Nepal from very depth, you should get out of your comfort zone and visit here. No one can fully know Nepal from only the written facts. Unless traveling in Nepal would realize you, what heaven is?
This article explores various interesting facts about Nepal that will truly surprise you in the best possible way. Visiting Nepal once is not enough.

Undoubtedly, Nepal is a sovereign country, and capable of making its own decision. Growing up, we have always taught and heard, Nepal is a small country. This is because, of its placement between two larger nations, India and China. This led us historically believed in those statements, actually, we aren’t, as we possess various world record property included in our nation. And we are proud of this privileged factor. To think this is disrespectful towards our existence, our motherland, our constitution, and its sovereignty. It’s time to change our perspective and stand out for truth, for our nation.


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