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Tistung

Anisha Rauniyar June 6, 2020

Tistung sounds somewhat odd now, and yet to some degree recognizable also. Would it be able to be a similar spot that I and a large number of others used to eat our steaming hot dal-bhat sometime in the distant past while in transit to Kathmandu? Since quite a while ago overlooked recollections return flooding – recollections of riding on a packed transport with the chilled and invigorating air keeping faculties alive while the good old vehicle blundered its way up the thin, steep and winding streets. Passing Palung, Daman, Simbhanjyang in transit – truly natural names at that point – at that point skimming down into a delightful verdant valley called Tistung. It used to be one of the towns where we halted to eat and revive ourselves for still more undertakings ahead on the old street from Hetauda to the capital. The ride at that point was a sentimental one, and without question, bold. In any case, in 1974 the more productive Prithvi Highway was finished and the old warhorse, the Tribhuvan Rajpath (up to that point the main street to Kathmandu) turned out to be unexpectedly excess. Alongside it, Tistung and its sister towns lost their radiance.

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Be that as it may, not for long. The towns, while losing a lot of their walk towards urbanity, started rather to recapture their lost imperativeness. It could be said, it was anything but an act of futility, but instead an invite result. Furthermore, Tistung as it stands today, a pure town of block houses with slanting tiled rooftops settled in a lavish green valley and encompassed on all sides by rich fields, is to be sure a most positive result. Arranged only 50 km from the capital, the drive to Tistung is a pleasure: unquestionably picturesque, positively sensational. Furthermore, if the excursion can be as energizing as the goal, Tistung doesn’t baffle.

The most effective method to arrive

The recorded Tribhuvan Highway begins from Kalanki in Kathmandu, and it is just in Naubise, 27 km down the line, that another street, the Prthivi Highway, goes west towards Mugling, at that point on to Pokhara or south to Narayanghat, etc. The old Tribhuvan Highway, in the then, helps onwards and upwards through plunging valleys and high slopes to Tistung and her sister towns, before slanting down tenderly from Lamidanda to Bhainse and Hetauda, a separation of 132 km from Kathmandu. In transit, one notification adjustments in the plant scene; alongside the adjustments in height, pine trees offering approach to rhododendron woods, wilderness, and terraced fields. It is a superb course for the daring to evaluate their street riding abilities (bicycle, cycle, vehicle, transport) and obviously, their boldness and endurance. The ‘nau ghumti’, a spiraling arrangement of nine clip twists somebody 90 minutes before coming to Tistung, can challenge even the most valiant and the ablest.

In any case, regardless of what mode one uses to go on this staggering thruway, the primary sight of dazzling Tistung will be sufficient to delight the most exhausted heart and revive the weariest body. It is regularly said that “words usually can’t do a picture justice”, however as an author I’ve never given it much weight. The excellence of Tistung, notwithstanding, compels me to take a gander at the maxim in another light. Words alone now and again are not satisfactory to depict a few things; in this occurrence, the guarantee of total tranquility that a dazzling town like Tistung confers. The rich green fields, the tenderly inclining slopes, the amicable evenness of the generally planned houses and the lovely climate lasting through the year makes Tistung something of an Eden. For these qualities alone, it is a commendable goal to visit and invest some energy in. Be that as it may, as it’s been said, a spot is either represented the deciding factor by the idea of its occupants. In this as well, Tistung exceeds expectations. Also, how!

Gopalis Galore

The town, as other Nepalese towns, has nine wards; nothing exceptional in that. What is unordinary, and maybe special, is that three of the wards (2, 6 and 7) are, as per Pramod Joshi, Vice Chairman of Tistung Bajrabarahi Tourism Development Promotion Committee, populated totally by Gopalis. They are additionally found in great numbers in the close by towns of Bajrabarahi, Chitlang and Palung, all in Makwanpur District. Which takes us back to the first inquiry: who are the Gopalis? To stop a long story, the principal leaders of Nepal (back then, Kathmandu Valley and something like that) are accepted to have been from the GopaIi Dynasty. Pashupati Neupane, a teacher in the Department of Nepalese History, Culture and Archeology of Tribhuvan University, is somewhat questionable on this point, “Nepal’s most punctual written history starts just from the Kirat time frame (800 BC to 300 AD) so one can’t be certain. Undoubtedly, ‘Tistung’ itself is a Kirati name, so it is conceivable that it was named by them.” Other students of history, in any case, are persuaded and refer to chronicled proof to show that surely, the Gopalis were the principal leaders of the nation. Some have additionally conjectured that Nepal could have been named after the previous name (Nep) of this ethnic gathering.

Realities, History and Heritage

It must be worried here that it isn’t regular to discover somebody with the family name ‘Gopali’ around the nation. I have gone all through and, truth to tell, have never experienced any. Along these lines, this convergence of what gives off an impression of being a remarkable group at one spot is something that is really phenomenal and a legacy to be glad for. A recorded reality that should be engendered and displayed to the world. The Gopalis, as their name recommends (at any rate to the individuals who know something about Hinduism), undoubtedly got their name from the god Krishna, who is otherwise called Gopal. They were likely cowherds and as indicated by Pramod Joshi, who lives in Tistung, practically every one of them have some domesticated animals including dairy animals and bison, fastened close to their homes. They additionally share a few things practically speaking with the individuals of Bhaktapur.

The greater part of local people are engaged with cultivating and are, generally, vegetable ranchers. What’s more, passing by the rates vegetables are acquiring these days, they appear to be on to something to be thankful for. Tistung has around 8,000 occupants today and there are a few schools also. In one of the schools, a tablet has been found with some antiquated Lichavi period engravings. This, and another discovered elsewhere, should be from the sixth century AD. Tistung undeniably has an antiquated history and one can be appreciative that it despite everything stays for every viable reason, a pleasant and customary Nepalese town holding its trademark verifiable charms. One of them is its particular celebrations. The Bajrabarahi (a tantric goddess) celebration is held once at regular intervals on a Saturday closest to Chandi Purnima, the full moon of May (near Buddha Jayanti, Buddha’s Birthday). A celebration known as Bajrabarahi ko Naach (the Dance of Bajrabarahi) is held once like clockwork. Clarifying its special perspective, Pramod Joshi says, “One of the motivations behind this occasion is to set up another dhami (shaman). Not at all like different dhamis in any case, his obligation will be exclusively to lead strict issues of the town.”

Tistung is among the loveliest among its neighboring sisters, every one of which has its own reasonable qualities. Each winter, individuals from Kathmandu hurry to Simbhanjyang (2450m), 22 kilometers from Tistung, to encounter the pleasures of snowfall. Daman, with its tall view tower, – is unmistakably positioned to look at the strong Himalayan pinnacles all around – , is 20 km away, and Palung, celebrated for its nutritious potatoes, is a good ways off of only 10 km. There’s a climbing trail from Tistung to Markhu and on to Daman, the two hour trek coming the cool waters of the Kulekhani River and around the Kulekhani Dam store. Tistung is lovely, has excellent climate, is tucked away in regular magnificence, and has a remarkable culture and legacy not discovered somewhere else. The nearby attractions are included motivator. Be that as it may, the vicinity to the capital absolutely has an impact on the more youthful parcel and this is the reason the need is being felt to safeguard the dazzling town against the ills of urbanization. The opportunity has arrived again for Tistung to recover its lost greatness. Also, this time, it ought not be just for their dal-bhat that Tistung ought to be a visit. It must be for substantially more – the excellence of its area, the heavenliness of its common habitat, the accommodation of its kin, the uniqueness of its way of life and its incredible legacy.

  • Highest Elevation: 2030m
  • Population: 5418

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