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Tal Talaiya is another watershed that has been converted into a popular picnic spot, much like Betana.  Located on the fringes of Itahari, the crossroads of Eastern Nepal as all roads lead to Itahari here in the East, it is the starting point if one wants to get anywhere in the East.

All Roads Lead to Itahari (from Google Maps)

Tal Talaiya has struck a chord with the locals, in a place where picnics and parties seem to be synonymous. During my visit to Tal Talaiya, it all looked and sounded like a big party with several loudspeakers playing loud Hindi music and people drinking and dancing. An entire ecosystem of hotels, restaurants and mini-grocery stores revolves around the subculture of partying on the territory of Mother Nature. In addition, Tal Talaiya itself has a wonderful ecosystem of its own, several species of birds and animals, which to be witnessed, will require one to divorce himself from the partyanimals at the heart of the Tal Talaiya and makes his way into the wild.

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Tal Talaiya Ennui

Modernity Encroaches

Modernity Encroaches

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A Foggy Evening at Tal Talaiya

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A Local Hotel/Restaurant with an Amusing Premise

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Just Another Sunset at Tal Talaiya

When I was in my hometown, Biratnagar, I had decided to go to Hile and Dhankuta. I started from Biratnagar, and the pictures below are from the road from Biratnagar to Itahari.

A Man on the Back of a Truck

A Factory in Tanki-Sinwari VDC

A Truck Loaded with Potatoes and Onions

Women Purchasing Fruits at Duhabi

Industrial Chimneys

Tea Stands along the Highway

A Water Tank Under Construction

A Scene from the Koshi Highway

Itahari Trafic Circle

Trucks in Itahari

Itahari in Sunsari District links Biratnagar to Dharan and other points on the East-West highway. If Itahari is beset by a bandh, then the whole of the East will be paralyzed. The Next Round of Pictures are from the Road from Itahari to Dharan.

The Highway from Itahari to Dharan

Southern Edge of Dharan

Dharan Tower

Dharan is a favorite place among the Purbelis as it is very clean and lies at the point where the foothills of the  lower Himalayas and Gangetic Plains meet, so one has the best of both the worlds in Dharan. Then I headed for the legendary road to Bhedetar, a Bhanjhyang. Bhedetar (also known as Charles Point) also separates Sunsari and Dhankuta districts and the road to Raja Rani and Dhankuta 6 No. which lie in western Dhankuta separates from Bhedetar.

The Road to Bhedetar

Dharan as Seen from the Road to Bhedetar

The Road to Bhedetar

A Khumbuwan Sign Near Bhedetar. Khumbuwan is the Name for a Seperate State of the Rai People and the Movement.

From Bhedetar, I went towards Dhankuta and stopped at the Bishranti temple which lies on the banks of the Tammor. The Tamor is one of the seven rivers which unite to give rise to the majestic Sapta Koshi, the biggest river of Nepal.

Bishranti Temple

People by the Banks of the Tammor River

Last Rites/Cremation on the Banks of the Tammor Near the Bishranti Temple

Then my next stop was Hile. The following pictures were taken on the way to Hile.

A Ride on the Back of a Truck

Rice Planting Season

This is what Dhankuta city looks like from far:

Dhankuta

The Streets of Hile

A Student Lama Monk Studying in a Monestary in Hile

Prayer Wheels Spinning in a Monastery in Hile

Then on the streets of Hile,  I visited some shops where they sold gold ornaments. Here is one goldsmith at work:

A Goldsmith at Hile

Goldsmiths and their Equipments