Following Sunkoshi

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sunkoshi.gif-Devendra Bhattarai / pictures by Suraj Kunwar

From a tour of the villages in Kabhre, Sindhuli and Ramechhap following Sunkoshi-river, we landed at Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu to participate in a photo exhibition titled ‘Beautiful Unan’. We were amazed to see the pictures of the civilization of China’s Unan province as they exactly resemble to the places of Nepal. Visitors were expressing their sentiments saying ‘These roofs look like roofs from my own Jufal (Dolpa).” “I have reached my village’s houses with hanging corns and chilly.” “This suspension bridge resembles one over Sunkoshi connecting Sindhuli and Ramechhap.”

Sunkoshi river as seen from Majhi village.

A fisherman ‘Majhi’ from Majhi village.

A fisherman ‘Majhi’ from Majhi village tells about himself.

An old market of Ratamate, Sindhuli.

Mangaltaar, Sindhuli.

Entry gate of Majhi gaon (village) of Sindhuli.

A suspension bridge, over Sunkoshi river, that connects Ratamate of Sindhuli and Bhirpani of Ramechhap district.

Many scenes of Unan are like alleyways of our Patan. A picture resembles Chinkamugal of Kathmandu crowded by people. An elderly woman baking bread looks like Subbeni aunty of my village. Half naked girls enjoying bathing in a hot spring gave me an image of our Tatopani. Crumbling wooden, bamboo bridges recalled a sad time and lifestyle. Some look like Fewa Taal and OlangchungGola of Taplejung.
Woman carrying straw near Charange Phedi of Mangaltar, Sindhuli.

A local bus going to Kathmandu from Mangaltaar, Sindhuli.

Sunkoshi river.

A local family walks to nearby village at Charange Phedi, Sindhuli.

A village in Sindhuli.

Crops in Ratamate.

Ratamate, Sindhuli.

A child washing buffalo at Nepalthok, Sindhuli.

A local woman smoking while waiting for a bus at Nepalthok, Sindhuli.

A local ‘Majhi’ of Majhi village.

Rosi Khola (river) as seen from Charange Phedi, Sindhuli.

Western view of Patale Khet, Kavre.

Eastern view of Patale Khet, Kavre.

Northern view of Patale Khet, Kavre.

Waiting for a bus at Patale Khet, Kavre.

Patale Khet, Kavre.

Southern view of Patale Khet, Kavre.

Bhakundebesi, Kavre.

Road to Bardibaas is under construction under Japanese assitance.

50 Chinese historians, who came to Nepal carrying ‘Pu-war’ tea of Unan, had captured these images of Unan and Nepal for a ‘Comparative Present’. “We have come here to recreate the romantic history and also to excavate our old route” said Ma Da, a member of the Unani team, “You may understand it as rewriting of cultural history.”

A scene of Unan, China.

These pictures have portrayed existing realities of the rural parts of China. I forgot modern Chinese Shanghai, Hong-Kong, Bejing etc. during entire exhibition. I felt like I have just returned from the ‘Chhoti’ shops of the outskirts of Ramechhap.

A scene of Unan, China.

Unan too has many pitiful faces like we have our indigenous Rautes in Nepal. The ‘Beautiful Unan’ also contains a message that ‘inner reality can not be judged from outside’. I consoled myself- Why should we grieve of our situation while a developed country is bearing a pitiful lifestyle! And I reiterated a Mao’s quotation prominently displayed in Ramechhap- “We are proficient not only in destroying the old world, but also in building a new world.” 

A scene of Unan, China.


  1. yasudhar/colorado USA said,

    January 17, 2007 at 5:34 am

    U have done a great job to leave the beauty of our country.

  2. Jagendra Chhantyal,Hawaii said,

    January 18, 2007 at 11:45 am

    वास्तवमा मलाई मेरो देशका कुनकनी हरु घुम्म्न िनकै मन पर्छ ।सानैदेिख मनोरम दृश्य अिन हावापानीमा हुर्केको हुनाले यस्ता स्थानहरु मलाई मन पर्छन ।अलकित दाम हुने बितक्कै कुनै दुर्ग्म स्थानमा स्कुल चलाऊने मेरो मेरो चाहना छ । मुलुक बनाउने हामी सबैले रहेछ भन्ने कुरा अरुको देशमा पढ्न आउँदा थाहा भयो । सवै नेपालीहरुले आप्समा मेल्मीलाप गरी यहाँ जस्तै त्यहाँ पिन काम गर्ने हो भने मुलुकको िवकास हुन्छ । अिन सरकारले पिन हाम्रा नेपाली दाइ- भाइहरुले कमाको पैसालाई सदुपयोग हुने िह्साबले सुर्कछा गरिदिनु पर्छ ।

  3. anil khanal said,

    January 19, 2007 at 9:59 am

    Wonderful work. But I suggest to give some guide line for travelling/treking from headquartes providing distance in KM, tentaive time in hour for treking / bus/car ( e.g. say from Ktm/ Bhaktapur/ Banepa/) to the place whose details/photos have been given in order to capitalize the inforamtion and to plan visit of such places completely on the basis of your inforamtion.

    Thanks, we expect more

  4. sudarshan koirala,dumja nepalthoka,now in usa ,boston said,

    January 20, 2007 at 12:10 am

    All the picture are very natural.mostly i loved those picture which are the area of sunkosi side villages and roshi khola side village.please try to keep more picture of sindhuli,kavre and ramechhap

  5. Uttam Lama,kula lumpur,Malaysia,21st january said,

    January 21, 2007 at 7:53 pm


  6. Dinesh malla U.A.E. said,

    January 26, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    hi its me dinesh malla

    thanks for these beautiful photos . really these are the most attractive photos . just know that what is nepal n its country Kavre, sinduli as well as other place of nepal.onesagain thanks!!!

  7. Kamal pokhrel. Amsterdam, said,

    February 1, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Really nice pictures.I love it.

  8. sushil bhandari london said,

    February 4, 2007 at 2:21 am

    its wonder ful picture of sunkoshi and vew of sindhuli kavre and ramechap.thank you very much for photo grapher.i really love to see this picture.thank you one second,specally why i impress in this is frist my birth place RAMECHAP second i finish secondary stady in sindhuli and kavre is my fevoraite place.sunkoshi river is my frist river that i have seen such big and blue water .

  9. hem raj aryal now delhi said,

    February 4, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    rajesh k.c lai muri muri dhayanabat
    rajesh dai nepal ko aaru chhetra ko pani photo samabesh garnu holavanne aasha gardachu

    tapai ko prayash sarthak chha

  10. Zahoor Jalalabad (Afghanistan) said,

    February 5, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Hello Friend kaisa hai ,

    Mujhe Nepal ka seen bahut achha lagta hai . Lekin jaha ka photo dekha waha to mai nahi gaya phir bhi |Nepal bahut sundar hai .I LOVE NEPAL. Aur Nepal ke janta bhi achchhe hai .

  11. Netra Gautam said,

    February 9, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    tapain lai dhanya baad
    bidesma rahera aaphule panipadhenro gareko banapakha duleko
    sunkosikoma paudadai ukali orali gareka kshadharulai tapaiko tasbir khichnekalale najikai paridiyo mero janma ghar Ramechhap
    bhayara ho tasbir haru yakdamai ramra chhan
    dhanyabaad !!!

  12. about sindhuli said,

    February 20, 2007 at 12:36 am

    dhandebad chha.ma sindhuli ko manchhe hu .aaj maile aaphno thau lai yas web side ma herna pauda tapai parti kirtagya chhu.tara pura vayan jasto lagyo kinki sunkoshi pachhyaudai ajha chainpur,khalte hudai Majhuwa chader himali dirsya lai camara ma caida garnu vayakko vaya.aha mero payro sindhuli ko swodarya biswa le dekha na paune thiya.anyway yaslai nirantarata dinu hunechh vanne aasa gardai pheri pani dhandebad chha

  13. khem karki said,

    February 20, 2007 at 12:40 am

    aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh mero sindhuli .mero majhuwa.

  14. london said,

    February 28, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    what a wonderful peice of heaven .i really miss these places .reminds my village and my country . i miss my nepal

  15. colcheater uk said said,

    February 28, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    thanks who collected these photes i was very happy. what are photes could you have time u can collect to gulmi,s photo

  16. nepal said,

    March 2, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    quite an interesting and the real vision of village i m very glad to see

  17. shambhu pant,birmingham-UK said,

    March 5, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Hello friends, million thanks for such a wonderful pictures.I am one out of thousands to walk along the sunkoshi river bank when i was young. I am really missing them now but soon i will explore them and get my childhood amuzement back.keep up yr job and explore more in other part of nepal and give us more pictures next time.thank u again.

  18. dhruba kumar / london said,

    March 8, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    great job!
    well done!

    what a beautiful pictures!very attractive!

    the otherday i showed some of these pictures to my friends. do you know what they said?

    “what the hell are you doing here”?!

    what a lovely place we have out there in our country.

  19. om shankar grg. uk said,

    March 14, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    its like a dream…wow what kind of nature we have…it is really
    truth of nepal…thanx mr dev n suraj ji

  20. pradhumna subedi, dubai said,

    March 18, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Nice job!
    well done!

  21. Rajendrabilin K.C.Ramechhap said,

    April 6, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Devendra & Suraj,
    I like your pictures verymuch because i am from Ramechhap and your few picture are related it. Definetly your effor is so comendable but you should have gone ahead but i hope i will go another time and bring more beautiful picture .
    At last i like your effor

  22. Pushpa Niraula (Rajbanshi) said,

    April 30, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    old ratamata pic when i saw; i was socked.
    she is my grandmother standing in front of shop.
    all the picture looks natural and touching heart.
    thanks a lot for such a good picture.
    keep it up.

  23. laxman (delhi INDIA) said,

    June 14, 2007 at 11:10 am

    rajesh k.c lai muri muri dhayanabat
    rajesh dai palpa ka village haru pani samavis garnu hunchavanne aasha gardachu

    tapai ko prayash safal hos

  24. Biratnagar said,

    June 15, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    माहान कार्य!

    तपाईको यस फोटोहरुले नेपाल हेर्ने मौका पाएकोमा ज्यदै खुसि लाग्यो ।

  25. saurav sunar/jiangshu, china said,

    June 17, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    oh spectacular pictures are these! Sindhuli is really a beautiful.i have never been there.but i wish u to visit that place after i return to my country…….lets see how does my luck favour me……!!

  26. pratik/kathmandu said,

    June 18, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    so beautiful places great keep it up mr rajesh. i am *** being mad in this kathmandu i want to get free from here and sit somewhere where there is nothing but only nature.


    June 19, 2007 at 3:26 pm


    this quite and wonderful thats great


  28. manoj swar from qatar said,

    July 2, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    Hello rajesh
    I have one question. if i have available time i see the phalano.com and get enjoy by photo. i can not explain about your photo. in phalano.com all picture are belong to nepal or out of nepal. plesase let me know if you have time. I hope you will take picture better than this and you will success in your life.
    manoj swar (qatar)

  29. Lakshman Raut , USA said,

    July 4, 2007 at 2:05 am

    I love these photos very much . Thank you alot for your nice effort to identify the natural beauty of Nepal .

  30. Devendra Gauatm, Germany said,

    July 4, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Dear friend
    It is wonderful to enjoy your deeds. It makes me to feel that I ma in Bhutan. Comparatively scenery of Bhutan and Nepal is same. I miss my home land but when I go through your picture that makes me feel as me there in my village in Bhutan
    Thank you for your grate job.
    wish you every success in days to be come

  31. Susmita/Hong Kong said,

    July 5, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Since I am residing outside Nepal and planning to come there for a tour of my country, hmmm…after looking at these pictures, I wanna add this place to my itinerary as well…
    Good Job…

    The places look amazing…I can’t wait..

  32. Hari Pandey / UAE said,

    July 5, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    A Warm Hello,

    None of the country could be so beautiful like my country Nepal. Nature has bestowed at its fullest and the value of such beauty further increases when you are away specially in a place where you see desert everywhere. Please keep it up and keep posting such spectacular views

  33. Amrit pariyar said,

    July 9, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Dear photographer,Mr suraj
    its relly a great job.i didn’t have a such moments before .

  34. sudin k.c sydney said,

    July 12, 2007 at 11:06 am

    sindhuli gadi ghumera jada. aja balla tyo geet kina gyako bhanera kura bhjyea kina ke sindhuli is soo good so ………lovely picture

  35. durgathing.lama said,

    September 11, 2007 at 1:34 am

    hi……..i’am Durga i live in the Delhi.My house Sundhuli kamla mahi nagar palika (wad no.8.)village baskateri…Dear.sir you thank you my disteri very very lovely picture.my mobail 009.1is the cot and. 9971673662…..ok babaey……..

  36. hemanta/kathmandu said,

    September 15, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    i love this place becaus this is my birthplace ………… u r in my heart ratmate
    love u a lot ……………

  37. Anendra Weals(U.K.) said,

    October 11, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Made me feel proud. Well I wouldn’t have seen the inner beauty of Nepal more than in those photographs.
    Well done boys, keep it up.

  38. Sudarshan Bhandari Saitama, Japan said,

    January 9, 2008 at 9:02 am

    I am extremely happy to view the pictures of my village in Japan. I am from Ramechhap near by the Dumja or Nepal thok. Many thanks for the beautiful pictures. I remembered my childhood and the days passing through the roads of Nepalthok.

    Thanks. Sudarshan Bhandari
    Khaniyapai- 9. Ramechhap.

  39. sonam/korea said,

    January 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    an awsome pictures!!great thanks to those who’re related to hold these vital stuff.

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