Gosaikunda : Overview
Rasuwa of Province No. 3 is a district with many glaciers. There are 108 glaciers in Rasuwa. Gosaikunda has become a destination for pilgrimage. Some of the glaciers have not even been named and it is not possible to go in the month of snowfall. The high mountains around the Nilopani of Gosaikunda, the snow-capped mountains near the mountains, the serene air, the enchanting atmosphere, the truly heavenly Gosaikunda meditation, is considered to be an excellent sanctuary for people engaged in sadhana.
It belongs to Gosaikunda village municipality of Rasuwa district. It is located at an altitude of 4,380 meters above sea level. It is 625.55 meters long, 320 meters wide and 26 meters deep. Gosaikunda is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It attracts a large number of pilgrims, has become a center of attraction not only within the country but also for foreigners. Gosaikunda, listed in the World Heritage List, is within the Langtang National Park.
As it is a protected area from the park, the environment of that area is considered to be very attractive and captivating. When the sun sets in Gosaikunda, an ocher-colored rock resembles a statue of Shiva. That is why Gosaikunda is also called Shivakunda.
On the way,one can see Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Syafuveshi Dhunche of Rasuwa district, most parts of Nuwakot district and Dada Kada of Dhading district.
Pilgrims visiting Gosaikunda on Janai Purnima can also see the Tamangsello, Mendomaya, Dhangre dances, and other hymns, kritans, and khajari dances performed by other sects in the Tamang culture. More than 100 species of flowering plants such as poison ivy, jatamasi and padamchal are found in Gosaikunda area.
Gosaikunda can be reached on a one-day trek from Ghattekhola, Dhimsa, Chandanwari, Cholangpati, Laurivinayak, Ganesh Gowda, a 4-hour uphill road from the district headquarters Dhunche.
Gosaikunda : The Mythology
In ancient times, after Mahadev drank Calcutta poison, while walking in search of water to quench the jealousy of poison, the trident struck the rock and created a pool of water. As Mahadev struck the trident and drew water, the place where the water came out is known as Trishul Dhara and the place which took the form of a lake without that Trishul Dhara is known as Gosaikunda. Trishul stream is considered as the source of Trishuli river. Pilgrims offer tridents on this stream and a big fair is held at Gosaikunda on the day of Dussehra and Rishi Tarpani.
Bhairav Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Ganesh Kunda, Dudhkunda and Surje Kunda are considered to be famous for their natural beauty, religious, biological, diversity, historical, tourist and cultural significance. However, in the geography of Gosaikunda in Rasuwa district, religious tourists also visit the Parvati Kunda Timureko, Riverkunda and Dudhkunda of Wriddhim. Dozens of lakes and ponds around Langtang and Ganesh Himal in Rasuwa district make everyone happy. Gosaikunda, a mountain range and mountain valley, is also considered to be very important from a religious and tourist point of view.
Places To Visit Near Gosaikunda
Bhairav Kund is located near Gosaikunda. This tank is made in the form of Daha from the water coming out of Gosainkunda. Although this tank is not as wide as this kunda, the water in Bhairav Kund has a distinctive feature as it looks dark blue and black. There is a popular belief that one should not look at the Gosaikunda after bathing.
It is not customary to bathe and worship at Bhairav Kund. Saraswati Kunda Saraswati Kunda is a water tank formed just below the outlet of Bhairavkunda. This tank is not as wide and wide as Gosaikunda and as dark blue and deep as Bhairavkunda.
Surya Kunda can be reached in about an hour’s walk from Gosaikunda. Suryakunda is the source of the Tadikhola flowing through Nuwakot district. There is a belief that after bathing in the Sun Pond and seeing the Sun, one goes to heaven.
Sagari Parvati Kund is located near the village of Gatlang, north of the district headquarters Dhunche. Parvati Kunda is located in the lap of dense forest. Parvati Kunda is called Chheding Kunda in the local language. A fair is held in this tank on the day of the new moon which falls every year. Around this tank, there is an herb called Wojo. The tank is located at a distance of 34 km from the district headquarters Dhunchewat. Tourists visiting Gosaikunda have recently reached the border of Tibet due to the convenience of transportation.
How To Reach
To go to Gosaikunda, one can travel not only from Kathmandu but also from the gorge of Dhading district on the Prithvi Highway. Prithvi Highway is 30 km from Vareni to Bidur. For this, this route is considered to be short and scenic for tourists going through Narayanghat, Muglin. Trishuli Bidur, the district headquarters of Nuwakot, is reached by observing Devighat, a famous religious site, passing through Ratamata and Jhiltung of Nuwakot district from the gorge.
The border of Rasuwa and Nuwakot districts reaches Vetravati from Bidur overlooking the Trishuli Lodge-Electricity Dam. Vetravati is also known as a religious place. Every Kushe Aussi day there is a crowd of people doing shraddha and tarpan in the name of the father. The river Vetravati, known as the North Gaya, is known as Vetraganga. Also called Salakhu in the local language. The water of this river is also considered sacred as it was the water that came out of the mountain when Vetko Laura threw it when Mahadev was poisoned. Junkhola joins the Trishuli River after reaching Vetravati.
What to Take?
Tourist hotels and lodges have come into operation on Langtang,Tamang Sampada Marg after the earthquake. Tourists do not have any problem in eating and living. But also sleeping bag, raincoat, warm clothes, jacket, gloves, hat, dry food, chocolate, garlic, ginger, satu etc. should be taken along. It is also good to carry anti-inflammatory drugs, cetamolol and altitude sickness drugs. Don’t forget to bring a thermos.
How much does it cost?
Two thousand per person per day. That’s enough money to feed and live. The price of food and shelter varies according to the place. Additional funds should be provided for gifts and other expenses. It is better to do it in a travel group.