Nineteen miles north of Kathmandu closer to the Tibetan border lies a small village of Nuwakot. It is one of the untouched Newari townships from the late 17th century. Nuwakot Bazaar is a centre-piece of the Nepalese story; from shaping of far-flung tribes and of trans-Himalayan races into a unified kingdom as Nepal.
It was a brilliant Saturday morning when we gathered at the office around 7:30am and a few of the hikers joined us from Balaju. We traversed the Balaju-Bypass road and the beautiful scenery of mountain range and view of distant hills greeted us with a promise of an enjoyable day ahead. We arrived in the Ranipaunwa from Kathmandu after a drive of about 40 minutes. We had a breakfast there and heard from the locals that Sisneri was only a hour away. So in search for a tougher route, we decided to go to Nuwakot Durbar (about 5-6 hours on foot).
We started around 9:30 am and everyone was ready…
The group comprising of Abanish Kayastha, Bhuwan Shrestha, Kapil Pandey,Lava Kafle,Rudra Pandey,Surendra Nath Adhikari, and Sushant Pokharel (the great Photographer for the team) moved from kathmandu driven along the narrow black topped road curling down towards Okharpauwa Nuwakot District where whole waste of Kathmandu Valley is dumped. We were smelling the reality while analyzing the effects of Plastics that cannot be degraded by soil, and the Leeching black liquid that would fall into the river thereby affecting natural plants and animals surviving in the river and by its side.