Jata Pokhari and Panchpokhari areas in Gokulganga village municipality of Ramechhap are considered to be a piece of heaven. The area, which is a gift of nature, has been overshadowed by the lack of publicity. The five ponds at the head of the Khimti River, a major tributary of the Tamakoshi River, and the Jatapokhari are famous for their religious tourism.
To reach Jatapokhari in Chuchure, Ward No. 1 of Gokulganga Municipality, one has to walk from Chuchure Khare. As far as Chuchure Khare, traffic runs during the winter and when it is not raining. The bus service is in operation from the district headquarters Manthali to Shivalaya of Chuchure. Starting from Rasnalu, the climate of the high hilly region, the vegetation, herbs and shades make the minds of the travelers happy.
Nepal’s highest quality and second largest iron mine, which came into operation during the Rana period, is also on its way here. Upendra Raj Ghimire, a social worker from Umakunda village, says that the cold weather and beautiful scenery of the lake do not allow the passengers to feel tired even on the steep hill. Manedanda is reached after a 6-hour uphill trek.
Mane made on the hill, open grass, and the grass is hidden in the fog, the grass is found in the grass. After a two-hour trek from Manedanda, one reaches a piece of heaven, the Jata Pond.
After reaching the head of Khimti river flowing through the border of Dolakha and Ramechhap, after crossing Khimti river, you reach Jatapokhari. Jatapokhari at an altitude of 4,250 meters is an ice lake. Where water accumulates for more than 6 months in a year. The snow melts only from April to August. Locals say that this pond is called Jatapokhari because of the shape of coconut jata. Panchpokhari is even higher than Jatapokhari.
The five ponds just above the Jatapokhari are at an altitude of 4,605 meters. Naturally raised dams in the middle of the same pond have divided the pond into five ponds. The water coming out of this pond falls into the Jata pond. From Jatapakhari to Khimti river. Water is constantly coming out of both the birds but it is not known where the water comes from.
Those who want to go further than Panchpokhari and Jatapokhari can go ahead to Umakunda village’s ghost pond, Bahulaha pond and other ponds. Those who do not want to end the journey can return. This area can be visited from April to August. On the day of Janai Purnima, a big fair is held at Jata Pokhari.
This place is also considered to be the confluence of Hindus and Buddhists. Not only Ramechhap, Dolakha, Sindhupalcho, Kavre, Sindhuli, Okhaldhunga, Solu, Bhaktapur and Sarlahi but also Hindus and Buddhists from Sikkim, India will visit the fair on Janapurnima, said Gokulganga Village Chairman Khadga Bahadur Sunuwar. Gokulganga village chairman Sunuwar said that plans have been made to build view towers.
There is also a mine of herbs in and around Jatopokhari. Herbs like Lodsalla, Chirainto Pakhanveda, Thulo Okhto, Panch Aule, Jatamasi, Sunapati, Vishmar, etc. are rotting in the forest. According to the local Sherpas, Yarsagumba is also found in the grasslands here. Properly managed and sold, the village has the potential to earn a good income.