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Country rank: 2 out of 6 Places To Visit In Nepal

Sub-Region: South East Asia


Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Best time: Throughout the Year (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport (Check Flights)


"The Green Paths"

Chitlang Tourism

Chitlang is an ancient Newar dominant village. It is acclaimed to be one of the most popular stops in the old trading routes from Tibet to India, holding a rich historical significance. Chitlang serves to be the most preferred destination from Kathmandu for hiking. Its lustrous green fields and deep green forests which is an abode for more than 100 species of birds are an added attraction of chitlang. Bird watching, fishing, Homestay experience and local foods are the other things that must be explored if visiting Chitlang.

Inspired by Laxmi Prasad Devkota, writer of ‘yatri’ – a Nepalese poem, chitlang also attracts poets who find serendipity in this natural paradise. The people of Chitlang do goat farming and goat cheese is the most popular dairy product of the village. Goat cheese homestay, of Ashok Singh Thakuri and family, is an interesting place to stay and learn the process of cheese making and taste organic plum and ground apple wine. Mesmerizing apple and pear garden, green Bheda farm are the places to see in the village.

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Newar and Tamang are the major ethnic groups of the village. Languages like, Nepali, Newari, and Tamang are mostly spoken by the locals. The dominant religion of the village is either Hinduism or Buddhism. Kartik Purnima nach is the most attractive cultural activity of Chitlang. It is basically celebrated on the Tripurari Poornima, which is believed to be the day Lord Shiva defeated Tripurasura. In Nepal, this celebrated with a religious dance.

The trail in Chitlang came to be known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ trail. And in 1900s automobiles were only for the royalties and rich aristocrats and foreign dignitaries, and this trail was used to for their transportation, that too not on wheels, but on bamboo poles borne by 60 porters, while hymning the Nepalese cry- ‘hoste- hainse’. In 1940 porters carried a 1939 Daimler-Benz gifted to King Tribhuvan by the then German Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler. The vintage car is kept on display at the Narayanhity Palace Museum.

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