Khadarjung is a typical Gurung village located north of Pokhara city. It is located in Machhapuchhre Village Municipality’s Ward No. 2 in the Kaski District. In general, it is also called Thamna in the Gurung language. Khadarjung is located at an altitude of 1400 meters above sea level.
Similarly, Khadarjung is about 19 kilometers away from the Pokhara domestic airport. You can take a local bus from Bagar Chowk, which reaches Bhurjungkhola in about 45 minutes. Khadarjung can be reached after a 15-minute walk from Bhurjungkhola.
Basically, most of the people from several villages in the Kaski district have moved to the cities. However, Khadarjung is still a densely populated village. There are more than 100 houses in the village. Generally, most of the people of Khadarjung village are Gurungs, and a few are Vishwakarma. Although the main religion of the Gurungs is Buddhism, they have also been practicing Hinduism.
The main occupations of the villagers are agriculture and animal husbandry. In fact, many older generations of Khadarjung have spent their lives in the high hills like Pipar and Korchan, in sheep farming.
Besides, the practice of recruiting in the army has been around for a long time. About 60% to 70% of the Gurungs of Khadarjung have served in Indian Army regiments, few in British Army regiments, and some are still serving.
In fact, the village was built by the older generation by carrying stones from Ghale Kharka. Therefore, most of the houses have stone roofs. Furthermore, the alleys are also paved with stones. Moreover, you can have a mesmerizing view of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Korchan from the village. Similarly, a panoramic view of Ghachok village and Bajhokhet can be seen from the village.
Moreover, after a 30-minute hike from the village, you can reach Deurali. Deurali is a sacred place situated at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level. Every year, the villagers make a pilgrimage to Deurali.
Apart from this, the view from Deurali is truly mind-blowing. You can have a breathtaking view of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and Mt. Annapurna IV, along with beautiful scenery of surrounding villages like Mirsa, Chaura, Chyanglung, and Dhiprang.
Recently, the people of Khadarjung have built paved roads with funds, collected from the public, as well as from the government. As a result, it has become easier for the villagers to move around nowadays. Similarly, a new primary school has been established in the village by the Korean organization.
Moreover, a local from Khadarjung has set up a fish farm near the village. It is called Gandaki Rainbow Trout Fish Farm, which is one of the popular restaurants in Pokhara nowadays. Lots of people from the city, as well as the surrounding districts, visit the place.
Similarly, there is an old temple of Goddess Durga in the village, which has its own significance. It is a two-story temple built in pagoda style. Generally, the temple is renovated every year during festivals like Dashain and Tihar.