I know things have changed a lot and for good in the last nine years, I used to go to Illam during the festival, I would end up going to a 4 1/2 hour Hike to Mai Pokhari, its a beautiful nine cornered lake, along the way, there are plenty of small liquor places ( bhatti, to be more precise), try those home made liquor, it always a nice hike with...more
I spend more than 25 years of my life in ilam as i it's my hometown. The best things in ilam is Furee Dai ko Tongba & Sukuti, I really miss it. I used to go to that Kanchanjanga Restaurant with my friends (Bombay, Chuke, Aslam Bhai, Pitre, Suke) i really miss you guys, and inside the restaurant oh God! how to explain singing, playing...more
Ilam was the district of Nepal - apart from Mustang - that remained independent, or rather unoccupied by the forces of Gorkha that formed Nepal into a single kingdom toward the end of the 18th century.The dominant political and economic group at that time was the Limbu people. In the east there were the Kiranti kingdoms of the Rai and limbus, with...more
Mai Beni site is where the rivers Maikhola and Jog Maikhola meet, and it is a major site of pilgrimage, with thousands of pilgrims and devotees converging here once a year. In fequent use, the temple and site is worth a visit most days with local religious activities going on. A bit upstream in the Jog Mai river there is a nice pool for swimming,...more
Maipokhari is a small star-shaped lake (1.6 hectar) located in Sulubung VDC, 11 km from Ilam Bazaar and at 7200 ft altitude. This is a beautiful spot surrounded by very nice forests protected by religious belief and a smallish temple complex. The Maipokhari Lake has religious significance and is a site of pilgrimage during Kartik Ekadasi and a big...more
Sandakpur lies at the northern edge of Ilam District, and is Illam's highest point at 3636 meters. Sandakpur provides a fantastic view of the eastern Himalayas from Bhutan to Everest. But the main view of Kanchenjuga is what takes your breath away.Sandakpur straddles the border between Nepal and India and is a bit of extraterritorial area. You can...more
The best teas in Nepal come from the Kanyam area. Most of the tea fields here are owned by the Kanyam Tea Estate, on private lease from the government.The tea fields are a popular picninc spot, scenic as it is. You are able to look into India toward Darjeeling. Unfortunately, but good for the tea, there is frequently a very cool and clammy fog...more
Ilam District (along with Jhapa and a few other eastern Nepal places) is a major tea producer. The tea quality here is just as good as Darjeeling's across the border to India. In fact, much tea is carried across the border and added to Darjeeling's production of "Darjeeling Tea".You will pass tea gardens and see tea pluckers on your way by road,...more
On the way to Ilam in East Nepal, you will pass through Fikkal 2/3rds of the way up from the Terai.
Fikkal has this great little place specializing in momos, called "Muska", advertised in Nepali Devanagari script. It is run by a gurung couple.
The place is located just at the intersection a tad down on the Pashupatinagar-India road.
It has the cleanest pots and pans and kitchen in all of Nepal, if not on this side of the moon.
They serve momos in a varity of ways, but mainly steamed veggie or meat momos with a spicy "momo-soup" made partly from broth. Very tasty, cheap, clean and a good place to break off the journey and settle your guts after the twisting road up from the Terai. They seem to be expanding into accomodation services, too, but for this I wouldn't recommend the place - too noisy here. Moreover, the police post across the street was just blown up by the Maoists. For Fikkal accomodation , see my tip on this.
Favorite Dish: Momos, of course!
Maoists have recently (July 05) banned sales, distribution and reporting of a local daily newspaper (Blast Times Daily) which was the only popular independent new press publication in this part of Nepal. Interestingly, also the military authorities have given Blast Times Daily a hammering for their reporting. It is very symptomatic of the situation...more
Over the last year and a half maoists have by and large taken control of Ilam District outside the main roads and the two main bazaar areas and district headquarters. Every VDC has now a maoist secretary as the semi-functional control figure. However, the government forces can move around at will, so the maoists are unable to hold territory as...more
This info is taken from Nepali Times online version on NepalNews.com on 21 November 04."From Kathmandu to the eastern hills and down to the tarai, there are increasing indications that all is not well with the Maoists’ legendary control and unity.Factionalism, desertions and disharmony in the ranks are much more rife than it appears on the surface....more
"Wave erupts in Maipokhari Lake
Two metre-high waves erupted in the sacred Maipokhari Lake in the eastern district of Ilam on Sunday creating fears among locals in the area. The locals have taken the incident in the sacred lake as a bad signal for the country.
Following the incident, hundreds of locals thronged around the sacred lake, and have begun offering pujas to avoid any possible bad incident in the country, radio reports said Monday morning.
Reports quoting 78-year-old Dambar Bahadur Shahi said that it was the first time ever that a series of wave erupted in the sacred lake. Moreover, according to reports, day-long mild waves were noticed in the lake on Sunday. nepalnews.com pd Dec 27 04"
Illam is without doubt one of the beautiful places in nepal//////// yess the hotel and guest service is below the par in this place but the residents are so friendly and If u run out of place for a night or two...Juss run into some residential house,,,You will be fine,,,,,They will let you in...I lived in Illam for 15 years and its the coolest of people...
As far as greenview resturant is concerened....the Owner Bidur Sapkota is a friend of mine and Just tell him that You are a Friend of mine(BIkas Sapkota).....He will get some discounts for you......
Fondest memory: ropai jatra, Inter school football(soccer).....ummm.....maipokhari trip....kanyam tea estate.....Its my home town,.,,,, too many.....the best is the daily basketball game at the campus court,,,,