Salyan, you beauty!

Located in the Mid-Western development region of Nepal, is a small district named Salyan. Unlike many other tourist places in Nepal, this one has preserved it’s beauty and purity.

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I was born and brought up in Nepal and have read about it in my textbooks and heard stories about the people who live there but had never actually thought of going and experiencing it and I must say, I am an idiot for not doing that.

More than the destination, the road was very interesting. As most people would know, the interior parts of Nepal are not very well connected with roads but I was surprised to see most parts of it gravelled and well laid out. It was a patch of road that actually scared me to death.

We started off from Nepalgunj: one of the trade centres of Nepal. We decided to go by an SUV and the obvious choice among the Nepali drivers for their uphill journeys these days is Mahindra Scorpio. Thus, began our journey.

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Our ride for the trip

On our way, we passed through the famous Bardiya National Park. I wish we could have stayed and explored but that I put on the list for the next time. Since it is a National Park and poaching is one of the major problems in the country, the security was a little tight. We were done in 20 mins.

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Checkpost at Bardiya National Park

Our first stop was Chhinchu. Yes, the name is interesting and so is the place. It is one of the major commercial areas of the district closer to Salyan. This was our first stop where we stopped to eat.

One of my favourite parts of travelling in Nepal, is eating at the mini hotels (They’re like dhabas in India) They do not have a lot of things to offer, they just offer you thali with the classic Nepali meal (Daal, bhaat, saag, tarkari and achar) and if you are a non-vegetarian then a bowl of Chicken (Maasu).

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A classic Nepalese meal

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Chef at work

After stopping for a meal, we moved ahead. So, I haven’t shared the reason of the travel so far. The reason was to look for the quality of soapnut trees and the scope of trade in the hills. So, our next stops were basically anywhere we could spot a soapnut tree.

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Fig: Soapnut tree

In the process I got an opportunity to see a lot of other plants and trees as well, including orange trees and guess what, since it was the orange season, I could see the fruits on the trees as well.

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Finally we reached, at the top where we were to see some more medicinal herbs and plants. For me, it was an eye opener.

I had never expected the use of solar power at such a height in Nepal but I must say it was quite a sight. It felt really nice to see that.

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