Lamjung: The famous touristic Ghalegaun which had remained closed following Coronavirus pandemic and nationwide lockdown is all set to open for tourists from August 17, although big gatherings including cultural shows will not be organized.
This village is famous as one of the first smart village of Nepal and one of the model villages of South Asia situated at Kwolasothar rural municipality -3
The homestay business is being resumed by adopting safety protocols as per the government’s set health safety measures according to the rural municipality chairman Prem Bahadur Ghale.
Every homestay’s half of the capacity will be used for the visitors and if one family comes then such family will be accommodated in one house. However, the Gurung cultural shows such as Ghantu, Sorathi, Serga, Krishnacharitra, Gyabro and gatherings will not be organized.
The Ghalegaun visit fee for the individual tourists will be Rs 1000 as usual. The Ghalegaun homestay was established in 2057 BS. and is elevated at 2100 meters above sea level. The place stands for the origin of indigenous nationality Gurung where Ghale king had ruled. There are a total of 125 households here which comprise of 32 Dalit households and 93 Gurung households.
The homestays run by Gurungs are only operative these days although two Dalit and 38 Gurung households usually run the home stays here according to Umal Bk who is member of the Ghalegaun homestay committee.
The sight of Ghalengaun is suitable for the visitor to see peaks above 6000m such as Annapurna II and IV, Machhapuchre, Buddha Himal, 8000m high Manaslu, 7000 m. high Himalchuli, Dadichulu(Dr, Harka Himal),
A tourist can observe bewitching sunset, sunrise, traditional houses of Gurung community, Gurung museum, statue of Ghale king, seven wells, tea garden, cliff bee, Banjhankri waterfall, besides Gurung food and Koybodhi.
Ghalegaun is only 23 km away from Lanjung’s district headquarter Besisahar which can be reached in three hours via vehicle and in five hours on foot.
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