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Asharang Village, Gorkha on May 2/3, 2015

 We left Kathmandu for Asharang village in Gorkha district. The volunteer effort to Asharang Village in Gorkha District started off with heavy rains and thunder with tremors along the way. We bought relief materials in Gorkha Bazaar. We stayed the night there and we left for Asharang village early next morning.

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Alpine Gorkha suited for musk deer: Experts

A recent survey on the habitat of musk deer found in the northern region of Gorkha district has revealed a few pleasant facts about these endangered animals.

Conducted by a team deployed from Manaslu Conservation Area, the survey has found the natural diversity of the area perfectly suited for musk deer. In addition to this good news, the population of musk deer was found to have increased over the years.

The team had conducted the survey from June in 2013 till the end of August. Using electronic devices and visual expertise, the team search for the presence of musk deer in each nook and corner of northern Gorkha.

“It´s no surprise that musk deer are increasing rapidly in the Himalayan region of the district. The climatic conditions and rich bio-diversity of the area are perfectly suited for musk deer,” said one of the team members, Hira KC.

During the survey, the team recorded a total of 44 musk deer and they believe they are more out there. Eight of them were male, 16 were female and 4 were babies. The gender of 16 others is yet to be ascertained. Most of the deer were sighted at Chhaikampar, Prok, Samagaun and Lho VDCs. However, the deer were not found at Chumchet and Bihi VDCs.

According to KC, the deer count was done by examining their resting spots, fur samples, foot prints and the direction the footprints were headed. “The count of these deer has reached 44, which is a very impressive result. This clearly shows the development of the musk deer population here,” said KC.

Musk deer, which is gradually disappearing across the country, falls under one of six commonly found deer species in Nepal. “Besides making a count, our survey was focused on studying the climatic condition of the area and how the animals are adapting to it,” said chief of Manaslu Area Conservation Project, Ram Kumar Gurung. “The result was summed up as positive,” added Gurung.

Sightings of this deer were only possible after reaching above 3,000 meters. The maximum number of musk deer was found at Fhulchen, Kalung of Chhaikampar VDC, Kaltal of Prok VDC, Chyala of Lho VDC and Birendratal of Samagaun VDC.

source: republica, 22 Mar 2014

Number of tourist visiting Dahachok rising up

The number of tourists visiting Dahachowk, a historical fort representing the unification of modern Nepal has increased of late.

From the Dahachok fort the visitors can see the panoramic scenarios of Kathmandu valley and neighboring districts and even Manakamana temple of Gorkha district.

The Thapa Magar, Pulami Magar, and Basnyat families who had come along with unifier the then king of Gorkha Prithvi Narayan Shah still have dense population in and around the fort.

The fort is taken as one of the most important forts of the then unification campaign and has become popular among the visitors these days, said Roshan Dani, President at the Dahachok Ekata Club.

The cemetery of the then unification fighter Kalu Pandey is the most visited and liked point in this area, Dani added.

Kalu Pandey who had received martyrdom at Kirtipur in Jestha 19 BS 1814 during the unification campaign had wished for placing his dead body at the place before his death from where he could visualize the Manakamana temple and Kirtipur range.

source: gorkhapatraonline.com, 07 Feb 2014