Temke Danda is one of the beautiful hill which is located in the Khotang District with the height of 3620m from the Sea level. It lies in the Ratanchha, Chyandanda and khidima VDC now Sakela Rural Development. This Danda separate two district of Nepal so it is a border line between Khotang and Bhojpur District.
The road to TemkeDanda is sloppy and narrow which is covered by green and dense forest with cold weather. So that it is good place for trekking and also known as domestic tourist area in the Eastern Region of our country. Though there are not good facilities like other tourist area but also we can find some houses and hotels where we can find simple foods like Daal, Bhaat, Tarkari and Achhar which is more delicious then the big and famous restaurant. Also many people go dry picnic over there. Though it is too far and takes more time to reach from village area but also most of the villager goes to visit this place. Specially, from the month of Aswin to Mangsir, mostly people go to visit this place.
There is a temple of Lord Shiva on the top of the hill. People have their own belief regarding this temple. That’s why many people used to visit over there. There is a bit plane area on the top of the TemkeDanda. So it is easy to organize mela for people in the danda. Every year on the day of Balachaturdashi, people go to celebrate BalachaturdashiMela in the danda, which falls on the month of Mangsir. Kirant, Buddhist and Hindu religions go to worship over here. Among them Kirant religion mostly go to worship their ‘Sikari God’. There are many stories regarding Sikari god and Rai. It is also known as a religious place with different cultures and traditional.
From the top of this place we can see the beauty ness of natural resources such as green forest on the high hills, mountain covered with white snow, different kinds of birds and animals, etc. under the blue sky. At the night time, we can see all the Terai area and East-West highway from the top of the danda. People from the different places go to visit and view the natural beauties of our country.
Though it is the highest hill of the country, it has not been developed well for tourist. Many development activities have been left behind. Such as road ways, electricity, communication, drinking water, health services, etc. Recently, province 1 government has started to bring some changes of the area. They are constructing a view tower on the top and a pond near the tower for the tourist. Being a religious place, many old and disabled people are not able to reach on the top in the temple, due to the lack of transportation system. Our province government need to focus in the development of this tourist area so this place will attract more people from different places and they will know the history of this place.