Yes, Blessed heaven, peaceful place ,surrounded by the Himalayas in the north and west. Goddess kali her self resides on the top of the hill (3842m). Spectacular view can be seen from the hillside of the temple. Most of the devotees come here every year in a huge number, and so this year seems it has doubled then the last year. Domestic tourism has raised every since the social media has taken its flow. People travel and which motivates others to visit those places.
Traveling to kalinchowk takes a long road of 132 km and number of rough road when you cross khadichaur, after crossing the bridge its all the way up to mude (a small town) after 1hour and half you would see the town of charikot on your right hand side. As i seen the roads were being made wider, so the traveling is a bit bumpy and 20/30mins of stops until you reach the turning road towards kalinchowk before charikot. After the devastating earthquake, the place had been repaired and new building with careful plan has been made.
The uphill takes you to the less quite and dusty road to Kuri, a small village with many places to stay overnight. if you stay in charikot, then you can make your hiking the next day, which takes about 2/3 hours of walk depending on you pace. After a bumpy ride you can see the hill of kalinchowk, most of the people stay in kuri and start the hiking to kalinchowk temple the next morning.
We woke up at 5 am, washed our face and made a one hour walk towards the hill. A lot of people accompanied our journey, kids, old aged peoples and youngster. Its the first week on January 2017 so we could see the snow caped hills on the kuri town and surroundings. You can see the pictures of it, not so fine from my iphone, but the place looks amazingly beautiful.
After hustling for an hour we were on the top of the hill and we could see the whole mountains range, like dorje lakpa, Numbur, Gauri shakhar etc. You can see the amazing view, its a worth being on the hill where there is the majestic mountains and the goddess her self. The temple is on the top with prayer flags surrounding the temple, a priest is there to give you the tika on your forehead. On the west side you can see a hillside where you can see better view of the overall places. The feeling is different when you are standing there, fresh air and a blue sky.
Its a short and amazing trip to a different place, roads doesn’t matter when you could find your self in a blessed place like kalinchowk. Mesmerizing as i sit and write this blog, remembering the place