Surma Sarovar Trekking
Surma Sarovar Trekking
Until a decade ago or so, Nepal used to be a haven for camping trek. With the construction of roads, trekking trails started getting shorter. Also with supplies coming nearer, locals started investing in hotels and lodges. This encouraged trekking operators to design their itinerary based on teahouses and small lodges which was beneficial for both sides. But trekkers looking for extreme adventure were disappointed. However, it is good to note that camping trek still exists in the far western Nepal. ‘Surma Sarovar’, situated in Bajhang district, is one such place where one can enjoy wild adventure. Surma Sarovar Trekking takes you to holistic but equally adventurous journey of western Nepal. It offers beautiful view of Holy Lake, huge grasslands and plenty of flora & fauna.
This holy lake, situated at an altitude of 4333m, is also known as Mini Kailash for Hindus. The place offers amazing views of mountains peaks like Jethi Bahurani. Rocky structures, huge grasslands, and beautiful lakes are the major attractions of the area. As you need to cross a high pass of 4859 meters to reach this place, trekkers needs to be cautious of high altitude sickness.
The area is rich in flora and fauna as beautiful wild flowers, poisonous flowers/plants, herbs/spices are found plenty here. Similarly, animal species like small black Bear and barking deer and different types of pheasants including the Himalayan Monal are a common sight in this place. Cultural attractions like Deuda, Fag and Magal (singing hymns in the name of Goddess Surma) are the plus point of this trek. Similarly, you can experience unique culture and tradition of the local people, and taste their traditional cuisines. Their language and attire is also unique. Though there are various options to reach Surma Sarovar, we are presenting you a 15-day itinerary by means of which you can enjoy this trek to the fullest.
GLORY OF SURMA DEVI (GODDESS SURMA)
Surma Devi is believed to be one of the 16 sisters of Nava Durga Bhagwati. According to myth she chooses, Surma Sarovar as her abode as the place is clean, quiet and calm far away from human settlements. During Janai Poornima festival, people from far and wide gather here to celebrate a festival in the honor of Surma Devi. This holy lake is around half kilometer long. Its size shrinks considerably during dry season. The stone temple of Surma Devi is one of the major attractions of the place. After taking a holy dip in this sacred lake, pilgrims generally walk down to Niksari Patan. Many small streams, including the Sunigadh which drains the Surma Sarovar, converge at Niksari Patan and become a big river. Niksari Patan has plenty of camping sites.
Text : Som Bikram Singh | Image Nepal Travel Magazine
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