January 4, 2021 : Handikot at an altitude of 2,195 meters above sea level. Dozens of mountain ranges can be seen with the naked eye from here. Sireto, who earns a heart-touching cold, runs in Handikot.
During the rainy season, Handikot tourists wait until the snow covers in winter, even though it is covered with worms, fog and mist. Despite being a unique gift of nature due to lack of publicity, Handikot spent years meeting only herdsmen looking after cattle. Handikot, which was in disrepair after the rise of the palace during the reign of 22 kings, has recently started getting justice. Some of the views from the island at the confluence of the three wards of Gemini Municipality are truly amazing. According to Thapa, a local friend of Jamini-10 Rangkhani, the crowd has started reaching Handikot these days.
Handikot Island, the confluence of Jamini’s Rangkhani, Ward No. 7 Zaidi and Ward No. 8 Chisti, is truly beautiful. Once there, it is not easy to say ‘Aha 1 Handikot Island’. Reaching Handikot, which is decorated with flat land, ruins of royal palaces, temples and rocks, one reaches Handikot every day to take pictures with a child hanging on a mountain ridge. “Once I went there to take a picture of the beauty of Handikot,” says Hitler Thapa, who reached Handikot from Phalewas in the mountains.
If there had been a snowfall, Handikot Island would have been covered with snow by this time. According to Indra Raj Poudel, chief of Jamini Municipality, Handikot is the choice of domestic tourists as there is no snowfall this year. The number of people reaching Handikot for picnics, gatherings, seminars and workshops has also increased. People who have heard of Handikot Island have even gone there to celebrate their holidays. According to the locals, the students are reaching Handikot for school observation visits and forest picnics.
Tilak Chhetri of Rangkhani has started arranging lunch for those who leave their work in Qatar and reach Handikot as the tourist traffic is increasing. He said that he started operating a hotel near the island after earning both income and services. Chhetri has upgraded the hotel, which has been operating traditionally in its own place, Viharathala, and developed it as Handikot Island Restaurant and Lodge.
Tourists visiting Handikot have been searching for local millet, local chicken, and khasi meat. The footpaths and unpaved roads constructed by the Jaimini Municipality have also helped in attracting tourists to Handikot.