Betini village
Manakamana Temple, Gorkha
Betini village
Manakamana Temple, Gorkha

  • Location:About 55 K.M. rough road from Prithvi highway, northen part of Gorkha.
  • Major Ethnic Group:Tamang and Bishow karma caste
  • Partnership Organization:

    The Center for Community Development and Research, short CCODER (pronounced as 'Sikoder') founded in 1990, is a people-first, non-profit organization, whose mission is based on a Tripod Model of action- where three main elements, Education, Organization and Socio-Economic Development, depend on the support and stabilization of Coordination- in order to assure Total Human Development.

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Introduction of the Betini village

Betini village is located in the Manakamana region where Magar live clustered in simple houses. This village can be seen after a cable car ride up followed by a 40 minute walk. You can experience their culture by taking a stride around the orange and corn trees that are all around the village. You will also be able to feel the cheerful and friendly community. In addition, Betini village has been appointed as the business area for the community based tourism. Community based tourism is an item of the ‘2013 International development and cooperation through collaboration with University’ project sponsored by KOICA. CBT (Community Based Tourism) is where the local people show their untouched culture such as food, festivals, home stay, and so on to tourists, and it also means that the profit made throughout the tour is given back to the local community. CBT is encouraged in places like Vietnam and Thailand to develop the community and to get rid of poverty amongst the local people through tourism.

Manakamana

The meaning of Manakamana is ‘자신의 마음을 이룸.’ It is located in the south Gorkha at the altitude of 1385m and is popular amongst Nepali and Indonesian because of the Hindi temple where they believe that the goddess of wishes would for fill their wishes. The cable car here attracts many tourists and is also the first cable car, installed in 1998, in Nepal.

About cable cars in Nepal

The cable car that will take you 1000m up to Manakamana, in gorkha, is actually the first cable car to be installed in Nepal. Cable cars in Nepal were built by migrant workers who returned from Russia. In addition, cable cars were built for more than just sightseeing: they would use it to transfer food and livestock. They would also use it for the local people to go to school. While on the cable car please do not twist the flowers nearby or litter. It is important you keep this in mind because as you get closer to the end of the ride you will be able to see an unpleasant scene at the top where rubbish thrown away by the hotels and restaurants just lay there. Preserving the environment is something that we should all participate in.

Day 1

09:00-12:00

KTM - Manakamana temple

12:00-13:00

Lunch by the Trishuli river

13:00-14:00

Trekking to Manakamana temple (1385m)

14:00-15:00

Experience Hindu Culture in Manakamana Temple ( wish fulfilling goddess )and perform ritual puja.

15:00-16:00

Trekking back to Betini village

19:00-21:00

Magar traditional performances. Bed time.

Day 2

07:00-08:00

Breakfast

08:00-10:00

Betini village trekking (using another route).

10:00-11:00

Cable car experience

11:00-

Move to KTM by private bus or jeep (estimated 3-4h drive and lunch is available during the trip)

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