Kalinchowk is a fascinating hill station situated at an altitude of 3700m above sea level and at a distance of just 135km from Kathmandu. It’s one of those tourist destinations in the country that is yet to lose its raw beauty to rapid commercialization and home to the revered Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple.
It had always been my dream to be one with the snow, all my life I had dreamed of playing in the snow and when there was an opportunity to visit Kalinchowk with my close friends, I simply couldn’t let it slip by.
So there I was, riding to Kalinchowk for the first time in 24th February 2017 with a bunch of my close friends and my happiness knew no bounds. I felt as if I was on Cloud9. Enjoying the serene and beautiful greenery by the roadsides, cracking up jokes with friends while singing and dancing; I didn’t even realize the distance we had covered. It came as a shock to me when I suddenly witnessed the beautiful snow-clad mountains in my sight. I was awestruck and couldn’t stop myself from screaming with excitement. After riding for 6 hours from our initial destination, we reached Charikot village, a small residential town. We restarted our journey to the Kuri village after stopping for food. The journey from Charikot to Kuri was quite tough as the roads were still under construction but nothing could stop our march.
We arrived at Kuri at 4 pm in the evening. We threw our stuffs onto our hotel rooms and ran off to play with the snow. The green hills covered with white snow and the sunset was hypnotizing. We started throwing snowballs at each other and played in snow until our hands were freezing cold. After some sightseeing and capturing amazing photographs, we returned to our hotel. We barbequed, played Dumb Charades and slept on our cozy warm beds. To sum that day, it was perfect in every way.
The next day, we woke up at dawn to reach to our final destination, Kalinchowk Bhagwati to view the beautiful sunrise. Slowly and gracefully we scaled the hill to reach the temple while viewing the sunrise. The path to the top was paved with ample amount of resting benches, making it extremely convenient, even for older people. After about an hour of climbing, we could enjoy the splendid view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, etc from the top. The panoramic view of the range of snow clad mountains, the chilling breeze and a mesmerizing sunrise, I couldn’t ask for more. I felt like I was at paradise. We returned back to the hotel and set back our journey back to Kathmandu gathering all the good memories and happiness.
The tremendous panoramic view of Himalayas from Kalinchowk Bhagwati, the pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as for Buddhist, the unexplored culture, lifestyle and diversities of the Kuri village, are the attractions of the Kalinchowk trek. The best part about it is, it can be visited during any season, but I recommend visiting during the winter season, because that’s when the beauty of the place is multiplied. I enjoyed every moment of my trip to Kalinchowk, it was truly a paradise.