Theme: Community Service
Hiking Route: Sankhu Bazaar,Lapsephedi, JersinghPauwa,Bajrayogini
Total Distance covered: Approx 25 Km
Duration: 6 hours
Date: September 07, 2008
Participants: NishchalS, SureshT, IshworM, RajendraB, PragyaB, PrajwalS, MaheshR
Report by: SureshT, PragyaB, RajendraB
Caption: PrajwalS, IshworM
Photos: NishchalS, IshworM, PrajwalS, PragyaB
Creative Support: Dijup Tuladhar/Pallavi Sharma
As a continuation to the “Community Service” theme based hiking, this week we took a trip to Sankhu, a small historical town situated approx. 25 km north east of Kathmandu. Although we were supposed to be a group of 13, only 7 of us could manage to be a part of the hike that day. Passing through the busy and dusty area, we reached to a peaceful area of Sankhu at around 9 AM. After having breakfast at Sankhu bazaar, we headed towards Lapsephedi, the base of Jersingh Pouwa. Local villagers, including Dhami- Jhakris [Traditional Healers], were gathered in the main bazaar for participating in a local festival there.
We intially had a plan to visit the local school at Lapshiphedi but unfortunately the school was off due to local festival. So we decided to visit the high school at Jarsingh Pauwa. We reached our destination Shree Kalika Sharan Secondary School; Jersingh Pauwa at around 12:30pm.This school stands as major institution in that locality, and is influenced by Tamang students and culture. We found the excitement among the students over there, might be thinking as if there is going to happen some special function.
As our tradition, we distributed copies and pencils among students of primary level, from Grade I to VI. We also conducted a small talk program on “IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION” in three different classes. Total of 6 enthusiastic students spoke brilliantly on the assigned topic. The expressed views were so practical that it got us spellbound. We presented them with a special gift for their participation. We also distributed additional books and sport accessories to the school. Seeing the students play on the school ground with the accessories we provided brought a sense of great joy to all of us. Teachers supporting our visit seemed excited, as well.
The physical exertion was momentarily forgotten, eclipsed by a sense of accomplishment. Our contribution was not even equivalent to a drop of water in the sea, but still the smiles on the faces of the children, during our informal program, meant a lot. As we left school and returned, we were unanimous about the idea of integrating community service as a part of all upcoming hikes.
We visited 232KW ‘Salinadi Power Plant’ at Lapsephedi; named after a religiously famous river Salinadi where thousands of devotees offer Pooja and recite the Swasthani manuscript every day throughout the month-long Brata. “Small is beautiful” written on the board, of course it was beautiful. The technical officer of the plant was very friendly and helpful. He explained the functioning and the other aspects of the plant. We came to know that the power generated from that plant is connected to the national power grid. We heard that there are so many micro hydro power plants throughout Nepal but observed closely for the first time. Since it was a little early to return home, the team decided to visit the BajraYogini Temple, just half an hour away from Lapsephedi.
As we followed the route to the temple, the physical exertion started to take its toll again. The uphill route and growing hunger got us grounded momentarily on our way. Finally a few gulps of water and we were ready again for the final climb towards the temple.
Upon reaching the temple, we rested there for about half an hour. During the stay, we visited the main temple and then participated in a mini photo session before moving downwards the well maintained stairs of the temple. We then headed back to the Sankhu Bazaar.
The ride back to home was exceptionally quiet this time.We were all recollecting our energies back and relaxing our overworked leg muscles. Nischal Dai, on the other hand, was busy in site-seeing and photography on our way back. The smooth road at Sankhu soon lead to the bumpy roads at Jorpati, and this time these bumps were not doing well on our tiring bodies. We stopped at Sinamangal at a local Thakali restaurant for our lunch at around 5pm.
Even though this week’s trip was not as physically demanding as compared to some of the past hikes, we were able to cover community service and a visit to the Bajrayogini temple, and of course delicious meal at a Thakali restaurant. Yum!!
Hats off to all the brains involved in conjuring up such a motivational theme. Let the feeling of communal service prosper in future hikes as well.
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