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Namje Village

Namje Village at 1585 m, is dominated by Magar people lies Bhedetar VDC, Dhankuta District in Eastern Nepal. The name translates eaten yam (Tarul Khayo) in Magar language. Geographically terraced fields, surrounding wooded hills, 200 households, including19 houses for the home stay, climate changing approximate 5 times a day and views of fifth-tallest peak Mt. Makalu (8463 m.) and green hills and of course picturesque villages.

Namje Village can approach by Kathmandu-Biratnagar flight, then 57 km road to Bhedetar Bazar (1420 m). If you take a bus Kathmandu to Bhedetar (422 km, via Dakshinkali-Hetauda Road) will be a long journey. This is a cool destination for the Terai people, especially from Jhapa, Morang, and Sunsari district. Dada Bazar dominated by Limbu people and others castes with the Narayan temple (14th century), tea shop, and government office located nearby the village. Dhoje Dada at 2133 m is the viewpoints of stunning sunrise and sunset, snow-capped mountain, green hills and river valleys. There are a cave and 400 years Banyan tree that occupied 13 Ropani lands. Dhankuta Bazar and Raja Rani Lake, 100 meters long waterfall are not so far from the village.

Farmers and teachers from Namje and Thumki villages were planted 50 different species of plants. Magar people are a delegate, hardworking, friendly with their 200 years old Hurra dance, and the Maruni Dance is popular among the visitors. Boys wear Bhangra, cap, ladies wear Gunyo, Cholo, and dance in a circle with a music of Madal and Cymbal. Guest equivalent as a God in this village. Travelers can continue to Tinjure, Tamor, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu treks from here. Dharan is 30 minutes away by bus.

Thumki Dada at 1828 m, is popular for the Atma Ghar (Memorial to the Ancestors) that was built by 24 different architects representing different countries in 2011. Till 2065 BS there were 113 graves that integrated One now. Travis Price, FAIA (Principal of Travis Price Architects, Washington, DC) and his team (Catholic University of America, Aalto University, Corcoran College) were built in 9 intensive days, students constructed the Memorial to the Magar Ancestors in the remote villages of Namje-Thumki in the eastern foothills of the Himalayas. They were accompanied hand-in-hand by 40 locals from the village led by our local field supervisor Karna Magar. The result is a memorial and an outdoor prayer space for the shamans.

Stephanie Odegard came upon it while she was searching for local women to harvest the fiber for her rug company. "After my trip to Namje Village," she says, "I felt like I'd never been further away from home." The small Magar village in Dhankuta, eastern Nepal, has been named one of the 12 best unheard of places by CNN. One of the world’s best-kept secrets, the village native Magar people live very close to nature and still practice animism, a worship of their ancestors, in its sacred burial ground.

Visitors of Kathmandu can visit for a couple of days with a flight of Katmandu-Biratnagar and an hour's drive to Bhedetar then hike to approach the town. An organic food, warm hospitality, fresh air, tranquility, close to nature and changing weather are the feature of the Magar Village Nepal.