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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, including 19 houses for the homestay, climate-changing approximate 5 times a day and views of fifth-tallest peak Mt. Makalu (8463 m.), green hills and the picturesque villages.

Namje Village can approach by Kathmandu-Biratnagar flight, then 57 km road to Bhedetar Bazar (1420 m). A bus trip Kathmandu to Bhedetar (422 km, via Dakshinkali-Hetauda Road) will be a long journey. Terai people, especially from Jhapa, Morang, and Sunsari district spend their holiday in the cool village. Dada Bazar dominated by Limbu people and others communities with the Narayan temple (14th century), tea shop, and government office nearby the village. Dhoje Dada at 2133 m is the viewpoint 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, Raja Rani Lake, and 100 meters waterfall are not so far from the village. 

Once farmers and teachers from Namje and Thumki villages were planted 50 different species of plants. Magar people are a humorous, hardworking, and friendly, one can enjoy their popular dance, 200 years old Hurra dance, and Maruni Dance. 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 join Tinjure, Tamor, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu treks from there. 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 the 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 from Kathmandu should arrange a flight to Biratnagar, an hour's drive to Bhedetar then small hike approaches the village. An organic food, warm hospitality, fresh air, tranquility, and changing weather are the uniqueness of the Magar Village in Nepal.