Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Karnali Bridge in Far-Western Nepal

Lady fortune didn't leave much for this poor traveler to begin the 2013 with a bang but I didn't want my dear travel bLoG to share the rotten sauce of my misery. Moreover I wanted to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year, most importantly peace and goodness of mind must prevail. A couple of years back I had visited a village named Chisapani in far-western region of Nepal situated at the bank of Karnali River. It was a relaxing half day trip being only around 75 kilometers from my hospital. Other than the simple, lively, typically picturesque Nepali village Chisapani what was more magnetic to concrete lovers was the beautiful suspension bridge over the Karnali river which itself is a part of the East-West Highway. Now here is some routine summarized information which I always put in my blogposts about the subject after thorough google-search- The Karnali Bridge at Chisapani stands gigantic, a remarkable construction that rises almost half-a-kilometre up in the air, and stretches on for 500m ahead. The whole structure is supported by a single tapered central pillar. What supports the weight of the bridge are the steel cables that radiate out from this pillar to the ends of the bridge. Looking at the Karnali Bridge from a distance, it seems perfectly symmetrical. But this is an illusion as one side is longer than the other so that the bridge is stablilised!











Apart from challenging the high velocity wind while standing over the bridge, one can also walk down to the river bank to dip his legs into the rapidly flowing cool green water or simply enjoy kids taking bathe in their crazy ways. You can also walk into the Chisapani village to observe the rural life and experience the pain of walking long hours on gravels. Don't be scared seeing those ugly looking slender fishes hung in front the eateries, rather take a bolder step of ordering a plate of fish fry and I assure you it won't taste bad with a mug of beer. Now good thing is that you can get public transport from there very easily as almost all the buses and micros (you've to travel/spend some time in Nepal to understand the versatility of 'Micro') traveling along the East-West highway from east/mid-west to western regions of Nepal or vice versa  take a food break after crossing the Karnali bridge where one can board them for either way. Now I'm planning to repeat the same trip solo on a bicycle. Let's see what the Lady has in store for me... Cheers!

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  1. Hi Anunoy, Pics are beautiful and place looks absolutely amazing.

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