Badimalika Temple, located in Bajura district of Seti Zone, is one of the major temples in Nepal. It is a temple dedicated to Bhagwati. Malika Chaturdashi is the major annual festival that is held in this temple. The temple is served by two priests, one of them representing Kalikot district while the other priest from Bajura district.Myth
Daksha Yaga and Shakti Peetha Shiva carrying the corpse of his consort Sati.
According to Hindu myths, when Sati Devi's father Daksha Prajapati was performing a yagya, he invited all the gods except for Mahadev to the ceremony. So Sati went to his father's yagya ceremony and asked him why he had not invited her husband. Daksha Prajapati answered that Mahadev drank alcohol, smoked ganja, slept in cemeteries, wore a serpent around his neck, had dreadlocks, covered his body with ash, wore tiger hide, hence he was not a suitable person to invite for such an important yagya. Unable to withstand such an insult to her husband, Sati jumped into the yagya fire and gave up her life. Mahadev was so angered by the news of her death that he sent Birbhadra and Bhoot gana to kill Daksha Prajapati and destroy the yagya. After extracting his vengeance, Mahadev started to mourn the death of his wife. Mahadev traveled all over the world carrying Sati's dead body. During this time, Vishnu released his Sudarshan chakra and wounded Sati's body so that it could be infested by insects and rot. As Sati's body started to rot and its parts fall off, the ground where her body parts fell became shakti peethas and places of worship. In this process, her left shoulder fell in Mallagiri mountain. This Mallagiri was then referred to as Malika.
According another myth, after Bagwati had killed a daitya named Mahisasur, she had rested a place called "Dwaredhunge" of Kalikot. Later when one low caste person had gone to that spot to collect fire wood, he felt so hungry that he asked the goddess for some meat and bread. The goddess gave him what he asked for. However, there was so much food that he could not finish everything by himself. So he decided to call all the people at home for the meal by yelling the message. Since his house happened to be far away from the spot, the people at his house could not hear his yelling and nobody joined him. This angered the person and thus he blurted a request to the goddess to kill everyone in his house. The goddess granted this deadly wish too. When he arrived home carrying all the food with him, he found all his relatives dead. He got angry and went back to Dwaredhunge. The goddess closed the doors of the temple and escaped. It is said that the imprint of the blow that the angry person had given to the door of the temple can still be seen. Because of this event, the goddess forever left the place, passing through Triveni, Panchpur Patan, Mallapuri Patan, and finally settling in Badimalika. The pilgrims too take this route while going to visit the temple.
Every year there is a fair at this temple during the month of Bhadra. Pilgrims come from all over Nepal and India thinking that their wishes will be fulfilled if they pray at the temple. There are two official fairs during Ganga Dashara and Janai Purnima.
To reach Badimalika temple, one has to make a difficult trek lasting 2-3 days from Martdi, the headquarters of Bajura district. The temple is at a remote location and since the route to the temple is not well developed, there is a lack of lodges and restaurants for the travelers to rest and eat. Thus all the necessary amenities need to be carried by the travelers themselves. During the trek, one can witness various species of wild flowers, and various domestic animals like sheep, goats, and buffaloes, grazing on the hills.By Road
To reach Martdi by road, one has to first go to Dhangadhi or Nepalganj and from there reach Saafebagar of Achham. From Saafebagar, there is a motor able road that leads up to Bramhatola Serabazar. During rainy seasons, there is no alternative but to walk from Saafebagar.By Air
A domestic flight from Nepalganj to Bajura airport is also available. From Kolti, a day's trek will lead to Martadi, the headquarters of Bajura district.
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu. Welcome with bunch of flower assistance at the Airport and meet with our staff (One of our company staff will be waiting you at the Airport with display your name ".........." which is print on white board and than 20 minutes drive to the Hotel. After few minutes rest in hotel, Visit in our office and have hot/cold drinks (Tea/Coffee) waiting to serve you, And one of our staff will brief you regarding the trip. O/N at hotel.
Day 02: Full day (6 hrs) guided sightseeing in Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. (B)
Day 03: 1 hr flight to Dhangadi and drive by jeep to Jadga. Overnight in Tent Camp (B.L.D)
Day 04: Jadga commence trek to Karala. 5 hrs. Overnight in Tent Camp (B.L.D)
Day 05: Karala to Tribeni Badimalika (4300m) 5 hrs. Overnight in Tent Camp (B.L.D)
Day 06: Tribeni Badimalika to Natshwori 5 hrs Overnight in Tent Camp (B.L.D)
Day 07: Natshwori to Mourya 5 hrs. Overnight in Tent Camp (B.L.D)
Day 08: Mourya to Dhangadi 5 hrs and overnight in Hotel 5 hrs. Overnight in Tent Camp (B.L.D)
Day 09: Morning after breakfast 1 hr fly back to Kathmandu. And transfer to the Hotel by our private vehicle. Join us for the welcome dinner (D) at Nepali typical restaurant in the evening at 07:00 PM with culture program. (B, D)
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping (B)
Day 11: Final departure to the airport for your flight by our private car. (B)
Where is Nepal?
Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal of the Indian Union on the south by Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and on the west by Uttar Pradesh of Indian Union. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. Climatically, it lies in the temperate zone with the added advantage of altitude.
Why is Nepal such a fascinating country for many people?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal is a land of scenic mountains, time-worn temples and some of the best walking trails on Earth. It's a small country, but it's rich in scenic splendor and exotic cultures. The people of Nepal are as diverse as their country and represent distinct cultures and races.
Though they speak a variety of tongues and practice different religions, they are the friendliest people that you would ever meet. The kingdom has long exerted a pull on the Western imagination and it's a difficult place to dislodge from your memory once you return. So, wait until you're actually here in Nepal.
As a traveler, there is endless number of surprises Nepal has to offer you. Kathmandu Valley with its thousands of Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, stunning architecture and rich pageantry can be quite beyond words. If you are careful enough not to get entangled in the superficial facade of a flatly "modernizing" capital city, Kathmandu probably offers you as exotic and urban experience as you can get.
Beyond Kathmandu, it’s another world altogether. Most travelers to Nepal want to check out the truly spectacular Himalayas along with the higher hills. A few go there to scale the high mountains, but many are nature lovers who trek along landscapes filled with deep valleys, lush forests, snow trails, terraced fields, and above all, the most hospitable people.
Travelers to Nepal also love making a safari trip to one of the National Parks in Nepal. The most popular one is the Chitwan National Park in the southern plains which hosts a diverse wildlife reserves including the rare Asian one-horn rhino.
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office upon your arrival day at the entry points of Nepal.
What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There's no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Nepal Airlines (NAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option.
When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.
What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal's national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language - the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.
What's the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.
What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?
What time is it now in Nepal and what’s the phone code?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC plus 5 Hours 45 minutes. Area code for dialing to Nepal: Country Code: 977 Kathmandu City Code: 1 (e.g. 977 1 4212737 First three digits is the country code, second is the area code, the last digits are telephone numbers.
What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn't been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.
Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming' package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.
What are health requirements to visit Nepal?
Nepal does not require any specific immunization for visitors. It is however best to have vaccine before coming to Nepal. Your doctors can advice you on the type of vaccine to be taken to travel to third world countries like Nepal.
What about getting to Nepal from Tibet?
The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north. Be prepared with alternative plans if you're thinking about using this route, because landslides regularly make it impassable during the monsoon.