6.Kanchanjanja conservation area
lies in the junction of three VDCs: Tapethok, Limkhim and PhawaKhola VDCs at a
19 kilometeres distance from Taplejung Bazaar (Phungling). The journey to Pathibhara
starts from Suketar airport (2840 m) which is about 1.5 hours walk from phungling
Bazaar. Pathibhara Devi is about 5-6 hours walk from Suketar.
is only STOL airstrip in Taplejung district and is connected to Kathmandu and
Biratnagar by scheduled flights. From Suketar the Pathivara trial passes through
Deurali, Ramitedanda, Chhatedhunga, Bhalugaunda, Phedi and finally reaches Pathibhara
Devi temple. The trial offers food and lodging facilities. Basic accomodation
facilities are also available for pilgrims near the shrine
above 19.4 km east of Phungling, the Devi at Pathibhara is said to have miraculous
powers and is said to have answered her devotees' prayers. Story regarding the
foundation of the temple has been passed to one generation to another generation.
The story says that when shepherds once led their sheeps to the place where the
temple lies today, hundreds of sheep disappeared as they were grazing. The distressed
shepherds then had a dream in which the Goddess told where she resided and instructed
them to carry out ritualistic sacrifices of sheep. When the sacrifice was offered
and the temple and the statue was build, the lost sheep were said to have returned.
The sheepherders then believed that to Goddess accepted animal sacrifices, which
later made her known as Raktakali Pathibhara Devi too.
visitors or trekkers want to go westerly direction then again from Taplejung one
can go along the bank of Mewa river and then Dongen village and follow Topkegola
(40 kms.) there can see glacial lakes: Tin pokhari and Lam Pokhari. If it is summer
one can try to come to Chainpur i.e. 45 kms after walking in wilderness.
is beautiful place. After taking rest travelers can walk 12 kms and take the plane
to Kathmandu from Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar also following the western bank
and going to Dingla and one can go to Jalang the last village following practically
Arun river. On the trail many places will come like Mangtewa, Sedua, Sampung,
Hatia, Chepua ect.From Biratnager also one can go via Tribenighat and Bhojpur
and Dingle i.e. 75 kms walk and nearly 45 kms drive to Dharan and then Chatra.
visitor is not interested to go to high altitude then Biratnagar to Dharan and
Dhankuta 18 kms, Hile, 3 kms and following along then Arun river partly to Chainpur
and then to fly back from the Tumlingtar.
of Trust and Faith
Pathibhara Devi is considered as one of the Shakti Peeths. Worshippers from different
part of Nepal and India flock the temple during special occasions, as it is believed
that a pilgrimage to the temple ensures fulfilment of all that the pilgrim desires.
The devotee of the Pathibhara also includes the Royal family of the Nepal. The
pilgrims sacrifice animals and bring gold and silver as offerings to the Pathibhara
best time to visit is from March to June and September to November.
Stops on Pathibhara Cultural Trial
- Deurali about 2 km
Deurali = Ramitedanda about 1.5 km
Ramitedada - Chatedhunga
about 4.5 km
Chatedunga - Bhalugauda about 2.5 km
Bhalugauda = Phedi about
Phedi - Pathibhara Devi Temple about 2 km
Markets in the Trial
Deurali - Tea snacks and small lodges
Bhalugauda - Tea snacks and small lodges
Phedi - Tea snacks and Dharmasalas (moderate lodge for pilgrims)
Devi Temple - Dharmasala
The Pathibhara and Limbu Cultural Trial, the main route of the Kanchanjunga trek,
provides an experience of the Limbu culture of the Nepalese Himalayas. For visitors
other than pilgrims, Limbu Cultural Trek is equally enthralling. A week-long Limbu
Cultural Trek, passing through traditional villages like Phurunga(or Phurumbu),
Limkhim, Khewang, Tellok, PhawaKhola and Mamankhe can be a visit worth remembering.
can also visit monasteries situated in Olangchungola and Lungchung. The waterfall
at Sawa an dthe pond of Timbung , during autumn and spring are worth visiting
every year. The forest ecosystem along the trial offers diversity of wildlife,
birds , flowers and butterflies. The whole of Kanchenjunga range can be seen in
are two ways to go to Taplejung. one is taking a flight to Suketar. but, it is
seasonal. the flights are closed during Mansoon. as the smaller aircrafts with
10/15 capacity make flights, normally packed. the other way of going to Taplejung
is by road. the Mechi Highway from Charali on East West highway to Illam-Phidim
- Taplejung is metalled only upto Phidim and there onwards is gravel. the Koshi
Highway from Dharan- Dhankuta- Basantapur is again metalled only upto Hile. however,
Mechi Highway reaches to the district headquarters and if you take Koshi Highway,
then have to trek from Basantapur. treking from Basantapur along the beautiful
mountains full of varieties of vegetations, flora and fauna is definitely exicting
and enjoyable. there are plenty of places on the way for simple lodging and fooding.
best seasons to visit taplejung is during autumn and spring.