The ancient name of Chitlang is known as ‘Chitrapur’. According to this ancient name this village has been divided into 5 purs: Chitrapur, Shudhapur, Kolapur, Hastinapur and Chmpapur. Chitlang is an ancient Newar Settlement located over the southern rim of the Kathmandu Valley. The main ethnic populations are Newar, Tamang, Khas etc. The Chitlang dialect of Nepal Bhasa is spoken almost exclusively in this region. One of such language is Balami language. Chitlang has a rich Newari culture. 12 Years Dance, Bhairav and Mahavev Jatra, Khadga Jatra and Godavari Mela are popular events of Chitlang.
The village itself will be a unique destination for the visitors. There are various castes, tribes and ethnic groups, who live together in the same village within a short span of open land without any communal conflict. The mixed cultural society has shared their cultural ceremony and it is cooperative and the relation with the neighbour is harmonious. The people of the Chitlang Valley are hospitable. The people of the community are very frank in nature, they are eager to share their nature, they are eager to share their knowledge with the guest and dine together. The entire family including children and women are clearly participating to share the knowledge to each other. The village is a totally unspoiled Tamang, Newari, Brahmin and Magar settlement set in the hilly countryside at and altitude of 1.750/2.000 meters above the mean sea level. The climate is idea to visit at any time during the year with warm days and cool nights.
Chitlang Trip Itinerary
You will be welcome into the community and invited to stay with one of the village families. The accommodation is simple but comfortable bedding and clean toilet facilities. The food will be delicious Nepalese local dishes and you’ll be eating as one of the family. During the stay you will be able to experience living the life of a Nepali villager. Walk with your family while they go about their daily chores, tending animals, tilling the fields, or going to school with the children.
Feel free to wander safely by yourself and look at developments that the community have supported and funded: the village school, primary health center, the agricultural and forest plantation. And, at the end of your stay, you will be overwhelmed by the farewell that your new family will give you.
We have created three trip itineraries for Chitlang: one night/two days – two nights/three days – three nights/four days. All our trips can be adjusted as per your requirements and wishes. For more information, please contact us!
Sights & Activities
Hiking The hills of Chitlang offer one of the best hiking opportunities around Kathmandu. Instead of coming by car all the way, it is also possible to hike to Chitlang after the bus drive to Thankot Godam – about 3,5 hours hiking.
Goat Farm & Cheese Factory Chitlang boasts Nepal’s only goat cheese processing industry. Chitlang has the largest grazing ground (Bheda Farm) in the country and is the first village to produce goat-milk cheese (under French technical expertise).
Ashoka Stupa The history of Chitlang VDC is believed to be related to this stupa, which itself holds the history of the visit by the great Indian Emperor Ashoka. The legend tells us that the name of the VDC ‘Chitlang’ has been derived from Newari ‘Chaittya Lhown’ meaning ‘Chaittya’ – made of stones.
Indra Sarovar, the reservoir of the Kulekhani Hydropower Project, created by constructing a dam in a deep gorge between Kulekhani and Markhu VDCs to collect water from the local rivers and rivulets is an extraordinary model in power engineering. Indra Sarovar that spreads over an area of 7 sq. km is Asia’s first man-made lake. It is also a popular spot for boating and fishery.
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