Off the beaten track

Surrounded by luscious green forest Balthali village with its traditional ochre-coloured houses sits atop a plateau. All photos: AMIT MACHAMASI

Tucked between the Roshi and Ladku Khola rivers, just ahead of the town of Panauti and Khopasi some 40km southeast of Kathmandu, lies the picturesque village of Balthali.

Surrounded by lush forests with rhododendrons, magnolia and pine, terraced farmlands, ochre-painted houses with tiled roofs and sparkling rivers, Balthali is a perfect destination for those looking for a day hike or some time away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.

Sights of terraces and ripening rice have grown rare in the Kathmandu Valley, but Balthali remains largely untouched by modernity.

Sights like these terraces of ripening rice are now rare in Kathmandu valley.

Travelers can enjoy the off-beaten path and take a stroll through the luscious green fields, the jungle or around the village taking in the unique culture and tradition. Even the most avid mountain bikers will enjoy cycling around the trails here.

Those who want to spend more time can opt to stay in local homestays or the resorts in the area.

Visitors can also enjoy clear skies with the majestic view of snowcapped mountains including Dorje Lhakpa and Langtang to the north.

The muddy brown of a river meets the clear water of another stream.

The bridge above Roshi river.

The sights and sounds of gurgling rivers accompanies hikers as they traverse through the forest.

Balthali is surrounded by lush forests with rhododendrons, magnolia and pine.

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