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TAAN to explore Timal and Mahabharat Range

August 16 , 2013

TAAN to explore Timal and Mahabharat Range

A 15-member team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is embarking on a two-week exploration and mapping trip to Kavre and Sindhuli districts on August 19.

The team will explore trekking trails in and around Timal village of Kavre and Mahabharat Range lying on the border of Kavre and Sindhuli districts.

TAAN’s second vice president Ambar Tamang and executive member Janak Pandey are leading the team. The team will include tourism entrepreneurs hailing from Kavre, local stakeholders, photographer, videographer, cartographer and report writer.

Speaking at a press meet at TAAN Secretariat on Thursday, Tamang said TAAN will suggest two trekking trails – The Great Buddhist Master’s Trail and Mahabharat Rhododendron Trail. “We will prepare a guidebook or a detailed itinerary of the trek. We will also produce map and documentary to promote the trails in national and international arena,” he added.

The Great Buddhist Master's Trail begins from Panauti and can be concluded in five days. It passes through Namobuddha, Kot Timal and Narayansthan before concluding at Lubhughat.

Similarly, the exploration for Mahabharat Rhododendron Trail begins from Sindhuligadhi and passes through different sections of the Mahabharat Range before concluded at Khopasi.

“There are two caves in Timal where Padmasambhava is believed to have meditated in the 8th century. We plan to develop the area as a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists,” Pandey said.

Karna Lama, former secretary of TAAN, said the area holds great prospect for agro tourism, religious tourism, adventure tourism, village tourism, and shaman tours. “There are many places in the area where canyoning is possible. Also it will be an important tourism product in the mid-hills,” Lama added.
TAAN believes the trails will be popular among domestic as well as foreign tourists because of their proximity to the capital city.