Sep 102015
 

Activity at the pace of the river: heading home

Activity at the pace of the river: heading home

Koshi Thappu – one of the great rivers of Nepal – travels slowly south as it bends its way east of Janakpur towards the Ganges and ultimately the great Bay of Bengal. Hiking along its sandy shores a dozen miles before the Indian border is like visiting a world of its own. Quiet while huge..only the sound of water moving…a paddle in the current somewhere…yes, a distant engine, perhaps, but otherwise…a place where anyone could fall into meditation. But it’s also one where “river life” can pull you along!

Indeed, Koshi Tappu valley is not only about quiet and relaxation. Human activity runs at a different pace – no doubt – as though tuned to the lazy flow of the river. But it’s still a place of human activity every day. Locals walk or bicycle to the next village carrying goods along the wide sandy banks. Some take the “ferry” across navigated by boatsmen with long poles just like centuries ago. You’ll still find fishermen in tents on the banks too, waiting to head back out on the slow currents with their nets. Want to explore Koshi Tappu and meet the locals? Email us for more info!

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