Passing a Morning and Getting a Sunrise in Sarangkot, Nepal

SARANGKOT …. is name of a village with an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level in Kaski District, Gandaki Zone. Located in Phokara which is a centre of tourism in Nepal, it makes Sarangkot as one of favorite destinations. Why ?….Because Sarangkot is the best viewpoint for observing Himalayan Mountains.

Eight Himalayan peaks which can be seen from this village pushed me to put this village name in my itinerary.

First day in 2018….Happy New Year, Donny!

Sarangkot as if close in my eyelids. I ordered a daily rental taxi for USD 10,1 at Phokara Lodge Hotel where I was staying. The good news was I would pay it jointly with 3 other tourists.

It was still dark when Mr. Raj -the hotel staff- woke me up, “the driver is ready at downstairs,” He said. Brushing my teeth and washing my face only, I immediately descended hotel stairs to meet the driver.

Driver’s hospitality was implied from every smile which was thrown in front of me. His amazing English accent shows that he is also a good guide for every guests. According to him, ability to speak English is a must because tourism is heart of Nepal’s economy.

On early morning I started my trip to Sarangkot. A trip as far as 12 km, its large portion of route would pass through Phokara-Baglung road.

I became a lucky person because the sky was clear since yesterday night. It means that I will see beauty of Himalayas without cloud obstructions.

Entering Sarangkot gate, Bus was stopped and I paid for USD 0,5 to buy a entrance ticket. It only took 30 minutes to arrive in Sarangkot parking lot.

Entrance ticket

Climbing dozens of stair, I was aware that I was at a height. But it was very early morning, making it hard for me to saw the view below me.

A moment later, I arrived in spacious courtyard. This is the viewpoint which I mean. There were already a lot of tourist who sitting on edge of hill and waiting for sunrise. Some professional photographers look busy in preparing cameras and other equipments.

Temperature was 4o Celsius. It was defeated by a shadow of Himalayan charms which filled my imaginative realm.

Time was seem to be going on for a long when we were waiting for a thing which is loved.…Sun in Sarangkot also….as if tease me by delaying its appearance to warm the Himalayas.

The sun was came….

It began to shows its bright ray.

Just choose!.…the nose of the sun or the nose of that charming girl.…
That villagers must be happy, seeing beauty of Himalayas every day.
Look at that Machhapuchhare peak…!

When the sun’s rays hit ice glazes at Himalayas top, golden color would shine and it made my eyes hard to blink. Fear if that luxury view just vanished….Oh my Goddess

The dawn was ended, I could see a real view of that courtyard. This is it:

A courtyard to enjoying beauty of Himalayas.
If you are still unsatisfied and want to see in more height….You can go up to roof in left of courtyard.
Or at top roof in right of courtyard.

Immediately moving to other side of courtyard !. You will see a closing view, namely Phewa Lake which is geographically located in south of Sarangkot village.

Don’t look at the person !….just look at the lake !….focus!….focus!

After staying above for 2.5 hours. I decided to go down. The village view which wasn’t visible when I departed, finally seen clearly and beautifully when I slowly left Sarangkot peak.

Citizens’ housing from above.
Downing dozens of stairs.

Actually, if you don’t want to bother going there in very early morning from Phokara, you can stay around Sarangkot and come in a day before. There are several inns which provide rooms for tourists who will enjoy Himalayas in Sarangkot.

One of inns there.
Many restaurants too

After downing hill for 15 minutes, I finally arrived back in parking lot..

Visitor’s cars in parking lot.

After met again with our taxi driver, then I visited Purana Bazaar to see trading activities in that Phokara’s famous market.

Menembus Pagi Mejemput Fajar di Sarangkot, Nepal

SARANGKOT….adalah nama sebuah desa berketinggian 1.400 mdpl di Distrik Kaski, Zona Gandaki. Terletak tepat di kota Phokara yang merupakan pusat turisme di Nepal menjadikan Sarangkot sebagai salah satu destinasi favorit. Kenapa demikian?….Karena Sarangkot adalah viewpoint terbaik untuk mengamati Pegunungan Himalaya.

Delapan puncak Himalaya yang bisa dilihat dari desa ini mendorongku menaruh nama desa ini dalam itineraryku.

Hari pertama tahun 2018….Happy New Year, Donny!

Sarangkot seakan dekat di pelupuk mata. Taxi sewa harian seharga 1.100 Rupee sudah kupesan di Phokara Lodge Hotel tempatku menginap. Kabar baiknya Aku akan membayarnya secara patungan dengan 3 turis lain.

Haripun masih gelap ketika Mr. Raj si pengurus hotel membangunkanku, “driver sudah siap di bawah”, sahutnya. Hanya bersikat gigi dan membasuh muka, Aku segera menuruni tangga hotel untuk bertemu sang driver.

Keramahannya tersirat dari setiap senyum yang terlempar di hadapanku. Aksen Inggrisnya yang menakjubkan menunjukkan bahwa Dia juga seorang pemandu yang baik untuk setiap tamunya. Menurutnya, kemampuan berbahasa Inggris menjadi sebuah kewajiban mengingat pariwisata adalah jantung perekonomian Nepal.

Pagi-pagi buta Aku memulai lawatan ke Sarangkot. Perjalanan sejauh 12 km ini porsi besar jalurnya akan melewati jalan Phokara-Baglung.

Aku menjadi orang yang beruntung, karena sejak malam langit terlihat cerah. Artinya Aku akan melihat indahnya Himalaya tanpa halangan awan.

Memasuki  gerbang Sarangkot, kendaraan diberhentikan dan Aku harus mengeluarkan 50 rupee untuk ditukar dengan entrance ticket. Total hanya perlu 30 menit untuk tiba tepat di pelataran parkir Sarangkot.

Entrance ticket

Menaiki puluhan anak tangga, tersadar bahwa Aku berada di ketinggian. Tetapi gulitanya pagi, membuatku susah melihat pemandangan di bawah.

Sekejap kemudian, Aku tiba di luasnya pelataran. Sepertinya ini adalah titik pandang Himalaya yang dimaksud. Sudah lumayan banyak turis yang duduk di bibir bukit menunggu datangnya fajar. Beberapa photographer professional terlihat sibuk mempersiapkan kamera dan peralatan lainnya.

Suhu 4o Celcius  terkalahkan dengan bayangan pesona Himalaya yang memenuhi  alam imajinasiku.

Waktu seolah berjalan lama ketika Kita menantikan sesuatu yang dicinta….begitupun Surya di Sarangkot….seakan menggodaku dengan menunda-nunda kemunculannya untuk menghangatkan Himalaya.

Pucuk di cinta ulam pun tiba

Dia mulai menunjukkan batang hidungnya  

Tinggal pilih aja…hidung matahari atau hidung si charming itu….
Penduduk desa itu pasti bahagia, setiap hari melihat indahnya Himalaya.
Lihatlah puncak Machhapuchhare yang lancip itu….

Ketika sinar surya menerpa lapisan es di puncak Himalaya, maka warna keemasan akan memancar dan itu membuat mataku susah berkedip. Takut kemewahan itu sirna begitu saja…….Hadeuh….Bahasamu Don.

Pagi yang sudah tersibak, Aku baru bisa melihat bentuk pelataran sesungguhnya. Ini dia:

Pelataran untuk menikmati indahnya Himalaya
Yang ga puas dan kurang tinggi….boleh naik ke atap di kiri pelataran
Atau atap di kanan pelataran.

Segeralah berpindah ke sisi pelataran lain. Kamu akan melihat pemandangan penutup, yaitu Phewa Lake yang secara geografis terletak  di sebelah selatan desa Sarangkot.

Jangan liat orangnya…liat aja danaunya…fokus!…fokus!.

Setelah berdiam diatas selama 2,5 jam. Kuputuskan untuk turun kembali. Pemandangan desa yang tak tampak ketika Aku berangkat, akhirnya terlihat dengan jelas dan indah ketika Aku perlahan meninggalkan puncak Sarangkot.

Perumahan warga dari atas.
Menuruni puluhan anak tangga

Sebetulnya jika tak mau repot berangkat pagi-pagi dari kota Phokara, Kamu bisa menginap di sekitar Sarangkot dan datang sehari sebelumnya. Di Sarangkot terdapat beberapa penginapan yang menyediakan kamar untuk turis yang akan menikmati Himalaya.

Salah satu penginapan disana.
Restoran pun banyak

Menuruni punggung bukit selama 15 menit, akhirnya Aku tiba kembali di pelataran parkir.

Mobil pengunjung di tempat parkir.

Menemui driver taxi yang menemaniku, kemudian Aku di ajaknya menuju Purana Bazaar untuk melihat aktivitas perniagaan di pasar yang terkenal di Phokara.