Jul 16, 2024

"Manung Kot Danda: A Developing Haven for Scenic Retreats" (Photo Feature)

"Manung Kot Danda: A Developing Haven for Scenic Retreats" (Photo Feature)

Perched near Damauli Bazaar in Tanahun, Manung Kot Danda is a captivating hill station that offers a breathtaking view of Damauli Bazaar, surrounding mountains, and various rivers like Madi, Seti, etc. This scenic spot has gained popularity among locals, fueled by the influence of social media platforms, particularly TikTok, making it a sought-after destination.

Manung Kot Danda stands at an elevation of 1000 meters above sea level. It's conveniently located 150 km from Kathmandu and 43 km from Pokhara. You can reach the hill station with a 30-minute drive from the Prithivi Highway. Travelers can reach Damauli by private vehicle or public bus from Kathmandu or Pokhara. From Damauli, a private vehicle, bike, or a two-hour hike will lead you to the hill station.

While Manung Kot is suitable for all seasons, the best times to experience its charm are during January, February, March, October, November, and December. The hill station is renowned for its captivating cloud views and stunning Himalayan panoramas.

Manung Kot promises a captivating sunrise, surrounded by white clouds in the early morning.

The view extends to showcase snow-capped mountains like Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Mt. Himchuli. In addition to the mountains, visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of Damauli City, Seti River Sage Valley, and the surrounding hills.

Manung Kot Danda is not just a visual delight but also undergoing essential developments. A new view tower offers elevated scenic views, while black-paved roads from lower to upper grounds enhance travel and water transport. Tourists can now enjoy overnight stays in open hotels and explore camping options. Local traditional food adds a flavorful touch to the experience.

Over time, the region faced challenges, including water scarcity, leading to the migration of its inhabitants. Despite political promises, water-related issues persisted. Now, with the influence of social media, Manungkot has become a popular destination, boasting only seven houses due to its past challenges.

For those planning to extend their trip, nearby attractions include a night stay in Bandipur, the thrill of Kusma Bungee Jump, a visit to Pokhara and Phewa (for a two-night stay), and the exhilarating experience of paragliding in Pokhara. These additional trips complement the allure of Manung Kot Danda.

This simplistic guide offers a glimpse into the beauty, accessibility, and local significance of Manung Kot Danda, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful retreat.

 

Photo By: Gagan Bista

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