It is the time of gathering of family members of all generations to get together and exchange greetings to the elders and love to the young ones. There are numerous clans of Gurungs, the members of which are all well known of their bravery in the world war and cultural wealth. Their warm welcome and hsopitality at the Losar celebration weree evident from the plates with sel roti (circle bread) and nepali Pickles along with the famous rice beer which are usually home made.
In big cities, Gurungs come together to celebrate Tamu Losar (Gurung’s New Year) at a common place and rejoice in various cultural processions, feasting and greetings.
In older times, mostly in villages, they gathered in a courtyards to celebrate Losar. In kathmandu, it is celebrated by mass from different places of Nepal in Tundikhel ground. Making the place vibrant with colorful stalls and people wearing traditional dress.
As the Poush month itself marks the end of winter and start of the spring which brings warmness and charm to the festival itself.
Gurung community all across the world celebrate Loshar by organizing different traditional programs and rallies in their traditional attires. This day in Loshar is an opportunity for the foreigner nationals who are traveling to Nepal to witness the cultural aspect of Gurung community.
Gurungs divide time into cycles of 12 years (lohokor), to each year of which a special name is given, which is known as Barga (lho). Losar also heralds the change in ‘Lho’. According to the oriental astrological system, there are 12 lhos–garuda, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, bird, dog, deer, mouse, cow, tiger and cat. Therefore, each year is marked by a particular animal and they are arranged in a single circle (on paper), closely following the Tibetan calendar with its’ 12 animals. In early days, when there was no calendar system in Nepal, the 12 rotation system was used to calculate peoples’ ages.
Standing tall on the hill top you could see the valley of Manang, the mystic place in northern himalayas of Nepal. Place from the gate way to the highest lake in the world lies and the pass which we could reach to a newer destination of high altitude plan lands.
As i make a short walk to a nearby hill to see the valley of kathmandu, i plan my way to the place where mountains are close by, where rivers flow in the gorges clashing down the hills. Manang, Tilicho lake, Thorongla pass, jomsom, muktinath, name itself is enough for those who have heard about it.
Waking up early morning i finished my final packing, along with my friend and my cousin brother we take a bus from Gongabu to Beshisahar. Almost 5hours ride and we reach at the town of besisahar, from where our journey starts. After a good lunch, we take a jeep to Chamje, one can reach Manang if started at early morning. As for us we took the jeep, after a long and bump ride, which took us to a small town of Chamje, where we settled for the night. Dinning room was full of travelers, and after the dinner we made it to our room.
Early morning we rode on the same jeep, along our journey we crossed over the waterfall and we could see the trekking route in opossite direction to us. River marshyagdi river flows down below, and hills takes us slowly to the high mountains. After crossing few check post we come to chame, VDC actually it has many hotels to stay over night. But we moved along in order to reach manang by evening, air was cold and we could see the Lamjung himal on ur west direction.
Following the dense jungle, throught the up hill ride we could see the mountains from our jeep. There were few amazing waterfalls on the road way. Slowly the day closes off with a few forest which comes across us our way, the road becomes more easy and less bumpy. We cross a hill and there we see the pisang valley, amazing hill on the southern part and here you can stay , plan your way to a higher place to upper pisang which is also astounding as Manang. Finally we reached Manang in the cold evening, hotels glimmering light could be seen and everyone seems inside their cozy houses. That night we spent after a good dinner and slept through the night.
View from Manang