Tarkukot appears to have been formed at a leisurely pace by nature. The natural beauty of Tarkukot captivates everyone. Tarkukot’s calm breeze lingers throughout the Chandi temple’s courtyard and across Chandigarh, and no one spares these words in Tarkukot’s assertion.
Those who visit Tarkukot in Lamjung’s Sundarbazar Municipality-8 experience heaven. While hiking up the steep wooded trail, you will become exhausted. However, sitting in the cool shade of pine trees, taking in a natural beauty surrounding you, and listening to the pleasant music of the forest birds makes the tiredness of climbing the hill vanish in an instant. The mind is infused with the courage and desire to rise even higher.
The mild breezes from nearby Salaghari (pine trees) meet you as you climb the courtyard of Tarkukot’s Chandi Mandir. After that, the strain of climbing the hill fades away as you take in the natural scenery!
Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Machhapuchhre can all be viewed from Chandigarh, according to local Indra Bahadur Gurung. According to Gurung, Sundar Bazaar in Lamjung, Bhoteodar, Fedikuna, Archalbotphant, Dhamilikuwa, and Palungtar in Gorkha, can all be viewed from here.
Many forts can be seen from Chandigarh, including Lamjung’s Puranokot, Tarlungkot, Rainascot, Bazarkot, Gorkha’s Ligligkot, and Tanahu’s Mirlungkot. The red and pink gourds of the communal forest turn scarlet throughout the blossoming season.
No youth, no development of tourism
Tarkukot is a gift from nature. There is a high potential for rural tourism development. However, tourism has not been able to thrive in the area due to a lack of publicity and a lack of youth. Despite the lack of electricity, drinking water, and raw materials, the road has reached the village. The village, however, has a smaller population. The fertile land was squandered.
Despite the village’s high tourism potential, resident Tilak Thapa explained that the village’s tourism company could not get off the ground due to a shortage of labor. In Chandigarh, he claims, a cottage has been built. A park has also been constructed. Picnics have recently drawn visitors from all around the world.
High potential for agriculture and animal husbandry
The village has plenty of arable lands as well as space for livestock. In fact, the village has a lot of potential for animal husbandry and agricultural development, in addition to tourism. People’s living standards are expected to improve as a result of tourism, agriculture, and animal husbandry. However, the anticipated activity in this region is not discernible.
A dense settlement existed in the village a few years ago, according to the local Nil Kantha Giri. Previously, people used to farm. It was once used to rear livestock. However, the majority of the villagers have relocated to Besi (Bhoteodar, Sundarbazar, Fedikuna). Similarly, wealthy people have relocated to new locations. The village is becoming increasingly deserted.
Worry that the village will turn into a forest!
Only the poor people are left in the village. The current youth force has also left the country. As a result, just a few seniors remain in the community today. Millet, maize, barley, potato, and other crops were once grown in the village. Cows, goats, and buffaloes were among the animals they used to farm.
People have left the community in search of education, health, work, and other amenities, according to the inhabitants. Another local, Nabin Basnet, is concerned that as people leave the area, it will eventually turn into a jungle.
For many years, Bahunthok, which is home to the Tamang community near Tarkukot, has been deserted. In Bahunthok, there were seven Tamang dwellings. They’ve all gone their separate ways. The village has now become a forest.
According to local Indra Bahadur Gurung, Tarkukot used to have 60 households, but currently, there are just 20. People in Bahunkot are mostly from the Gurung, Bishokarma, and Brahmin communities.
Youths who left the village for work in Muglang can now return and engage in tourism, agriculture, and animal husbandry in the community. From Bhote Odar, it takes 2 hours to walk to Tarkukot.
Tarkukot is about an hour away by automobile. The trip time in the car may be a little longer due to the bumpy and winding road. The village’s roads need to be improved. It is critical to involve the village’s youth in its development.