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Official visit now and then keeps mind healthy. Sweet!

After the bill verification visit of Lower Modi Hydropower Project at Parwat near Kusma, we returned to Pokhara and stayed there on Jan 07,2011. The next day we visited Sarankot. This was fist time for me at Sarankot. Sarankot is famous among tourist for its panoramic view of pokhara and Para-Gliding.

We can view Annapurna range of Himalayas from here. A glimpse of Dhawalagiri at the southern end is also seen. See the hacked map of himals!

Hacked map of view from Sarankot

A Rs.20 for 2.minutes binoulars with 20X zoom is available at the view tower if you want a close-up view of the mountains. And the ticket to the view tower is Rs.10 for Nepalis.

Annapurna Range with Machapuchhre at the mid. Smokey mountains..!

There is a small Shiva temple at the hill of sarankot. For tourist there are plenty of lodges and hotels to stay. A local bus also is available to reach this place.

Sarankot Village

Sarankot village from view tower

Shiva temple and Sarankot view tower.

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Jaldeep Karki

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Me!

Phewa lake from Sarankot

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Sudha gliding without parachute!

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Paragliding preparations

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From th Nov to 19 th Nov 2010, I had to go on official visit to Siprin Hydroelectric Project.

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The project site lies on the way to Tamakoshi Hydropower Project. This way is also trekking route to Gauri Sanker mountain. I was lodged in a hotel owned by the parents of youngest person to scale Mt. Everest. Stayed there for 3 nights.

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Trail bridge.( Notice the chain link in bridge, its very old bridge)

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Water fall

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Jamune

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Singati bazzar

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Confluence of Siprin and Tamakoshi river

Met Mr. Pitamber Badu (chairman of Lama construction company) an interesting middle age man. It was irresistible to drink beer when he requested. With drink there was a lot of talks we made. And with the company of the hotel owners, the fun doubled.

On the first day, we travelled from Kathmandu to the project site. The vehicle was available upto Jamune only. Due to lack of bridge, we had to do trekking. A good thing indeed. It took 2 hrs to reach the project site. It was dark when we had reached there. With conversation with Rabin Nepal and Prahlad chaudhary, it took no time to reach the project site.

The next day after reaching the project site, we inspected all the components of project. It took whole day to do that. We reached hotel at the late evening.

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Prahlad Chaudhary, me and Rabin Nepal

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Youngest Everest climber of Nepal and his family ( The boy carrying a child, lower right)

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Barley field

On the third day, almost all the official work had been completed, however we stayed there and inspected the project area. Walked through the village. Chirng was with us while roaming around. He was a funny person too.

That night Mr. Badu was absent because he had left the site on the morning. But with Pawan Yadav, Rabin Nepal and Prahlad Chaudhary, we made the evening colourful too.

On the afternoon of next day we left to Kathmandu. On the way i had noticed a shape of hills resembling to shape of Hanuman. It was a mystic experience. It was 9 pm when i had reached home. Thanks to Madav ji, who droved us home safely.

Photos..

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Personal experiences

The direct experience one gets at first is physical one like getting tired at the end of each day after a long walk. While social and spiritual experiences has deeper impact.

Since this was not trekking expedition we were far ahead than estimated time for the tourists. We were almost twice faster. As our sleeping bags were not very good one it felt cold there. But thanks to hotel owners who provide bed to sleep and rugs to cover body. The kitchen of hotel is place where not only food is served but also it acts as gathering place for all the visitors and socialize with each other.

As we move from Taplejung towards north the faces changes from Rai-Limbu to Sherpa and language changes as well. The kitchen changes and spices in food changes as well. The hospitability of people changes. Value of money changes. Finally your mind changes. The majestic beauty changes everything.

Bad thing: People are money oriented. And it’s due to inflow of tourists who pays in insane way and makes difficult for people like us to go and enjoy at such places. Even if your heart wants to go there, money tries to put constraints in one way or other. Another thing I would like to mention is skin color speaks as well. If one white skin foreigner, people gets attracted and behaves well while opposite is true for local people. This ignorance can only be attributed to lack of education in the people. One day in the future this will fade away.

This article will not be complete without mentioning the porters (brothers I should say) who not only carried our luggage and instruments with us but also served as good friends and made our trip more enjoyable.

This experience will not expire, I hope….

Launch at Japantar

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At Tapethowk

Farewell at Ghunsa at Himali Chungda

A tribute to IOE T-Shirt ;-)Rajes!

Kaka, Sylvi and Devu Dai

Struck at Tapethowk Police Station

Sylvi.