Sankhuwasabha is a mountain district which is located in Koshi zone. The district has its headquarters at Khandbari and the indigenous ethnic groups of Rai, Yakkha, Limbu, Newar, Gurung, Magar, Abadhi, Sunuwar, Rajbansi, Maithali, Tamang, Sherpa and the caste group Brahmin and Chhetri reside in the area. The district also has the deepest valley of the world, Arun Valley which is a land famous for cardamom farming. It is bordered by Taplejung and Tehrathum districts in the east, Solukhumbu and Bhojpur districts in the west, Dhankuta district in the south and Tibet, the autonomous region of China in the north. The district also has wonderful deviation, as the district offers 5th highest mountain peak in the world Mt. Makalu (8485m). Khandbari is among the top ten most prosperous towns of Nepal and is the main route for trekking to Mt Makalu.
Some places to visit in Sankhuwasabha
It is the holy shrine of the Hindu god Shiva inside a natural cave, situated at Jaljale VDC of Sankhuwasabha district. Although the cave is small, the cave in the inside is wide enough to accommodate about 200 people at a time. Since the cave is dark visitors needs to carry lights while they enter. The cave has a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva which is continuously sprinkled with milky water from a depiction of a cow. On the occasion of Thuli Ekadasi in the month of Kartik, a religious fair is organized at this place. It is one of the must visit places in this district for religious as well as cultural value.
It is located at an elevation of 4240m at the base of Lumba Sumba Himal in the district. Sabha Pokhari is a natural lake having religious significance. According to Hindu mythology, an assembly of all 88 thousand sages, saints and ascetics was once organized by a wise ascetic named Byasa (the writer of Vedas- the Hindu holy scripts) and gave a speech on how human can acquire peace in life time and attain heaven after death. The place where the lake is located is good for trekking and is an extraordinary example of natural beauty and landscape.
The temple of Manakamana Devi is located on the eastern bank of Arun River at the north of Tumlingtar. The ancient stone image of Manakamana Devi Nava Durga Bhagawati is enshrined in the temple along with an image of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh and many more. A great religious fair is organized on the occasion of Thuli Ekadasi, where people from near and far village gather in order to participate in the fair.
Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area
This national park and conservation area is one of the must visit places in Nepal. The park habitats some of the country’s richest and unique species of plants and animals as well as flora plants and vegetations.
It lies between Sagarmatha and Makalu in the Makalu-Barun National park at Sankhuwasabha district. It is not only scenic but a diverse region with stunning terraced landscape and prosperous in the wilderness. The Arun Valley Trek offers you incredible diversity of natural beauty and culture. It also offers you very good view point of Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu and many more mountains.
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