I had been wanting to take a trip to Palanchowk Bhagawati temple in Kavre district for quite sometime but the realization of that plan was prevented by the dark specter of the perennial nuisance of Nepali life: Bandhs. To quote the wisdom of the Nepali language: baddar ko hat ma naribal. Having neanderthals for leaders is quite a burden to our Homo sapien populated country. How would you explain the failure to draft a respectable constitution within two + one year especially when you have 601 people chosen to work on it?
So when the roads finally cleared I made my way to the Palanchowk Bhagawati temple. The road to Palanchowk Bhagawati temple stems from Araniko Highway that begins in Kathmandu and ends in the Nepal-Tibet border. At Lamidanda on the Araniko Highway, I took the narrow but black-topped road to the temple. The temple is located on top of a lovely ridge overlooking the Panchkhal and Tamaghat valleys to the south and west. Palanchowk is considered a sister temple to both Shobha Bhagawati and Naxal Bhagawati temples in Kathmandu. The temple area is quite busy during Saturdays, and a lot of people did go there too along with me in the aftermath of the bandh. After lighting a diyo for world peace in Palanchowk Bhagawati temple, I headed to Dolalghat. Dolalghat is a Newari settlement on the banks of the Indrawati river through which the Araniko Highway passes. Approximately one kilometer from Dolalghat lies ....
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