Nepal | May 24, 2019

Kalu Pandey Burial Ground being popular among Kathmandu hikers

Mausam Shah Nepali

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KATHMANDU: The Kaji Kalu Pandey Burial Ground and Memorial Park in Chandragiri on the western outskirts of Kathmandu is being popular among Kathmandu hikers of late.

Historical anecdotes have it that Pandey was buried on the top of the hill obeying his last words after he was killed in 1757 during the war of Kirtipur under the Nepal unification campaign launched by King Prithvi Narayan Shah.

He had wished to be buried either in Gorkha, his home principality, or any place from where Gorkha could be seen.

Hikers can reach the site by walking from Nagdhunga or biking from Naikap of Chandragiri. They can enjoy a spectacular view of Chandragiri and Kirtipur from top of the hill.

Rhododendron flowers blossom on the Chandragiri hills. Photo: Mausam Shah Nepali

Red rhododendrons provide a warm welcome to the visitors who look for fresh air to escape the bustling life in Kathmandu.

On the way, tourists can take a sigh of relief rest at the local Switzerland Park and witness the Lord Buddha’s White gumba on the way to the historical site.  The park of late has also become a popular picnic spot among Kathmandu denizens.

Likewise, there are traditional settlements of Bhimdhunga and Chandragiri which can be seen from the zenith.

There are some historical monuments in Indradaha, but many of them are awaiting the reconstruction after suffering damages in the 2015 earthquake.

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