Timbung Pokhari is also one of many delightful pilgrimages, fascinating sights and holy places of worship in Taplejung district. This lake lies at the border of Kalikhola, a far eastern VDC in Taplejung district and Falcha VDC in Panchthar district. The lake, which is 466 meters north-south in length and 154 meters east-west breadth lies at an altitude of 4481 meters, is covered by snow fog for 7 months. This lake is a very sacred and unique place of spiritual faith, faith and reverence, but also a museum full of biological diversity.

Located 3 days walking distance from the headquarters of Taplejung, this secluded Himalayan region is an ever-expanding area of ​​Guaras, Champs, Sunkharis, Wukipul, Mountains, etc. The area has dense jungles with large grassy herds and dhupisala. In the middle of the forest covered by this dhupisala,a beautiful peaceful and tranquil Timbung Pokhari  lake is located. The water in this lake is clean and pure. The coins on this lake can be clearly seen lying on the water. This lake is also very deep. The water flowing from this lake flows to Rimbukhola, which is very difficult to swim through the river.

Every year, many people come to visit this lake to worship and worship this lake from various parts of Nepal, including Taplejung, Panchthar, Ilam, Jhapa, Te-Hathumal and many places in eastern India including Darjeeling, Sikkim. Especially on the day of Nagapanchami and Shravan, there is a big fair of pilgrims here. There are no temples, idols and dharamshala except some rock around this lake. Pooja is worshiped in the belief that there is a God Bhagwati’s dwelling in the lake. The local people have such belief that by worshiping this lake, will not cause any disruption and distress to their families and livestock and their desires are fulfilled.

The lake is known as Timvung Pokhari because of the sound of gunfire. In the local Limbu language, Timung is the sound of a gun coming out. There is an interesting story about the power and power of the Goddess in this lake. According to the story of Janjivro here, during the rule of the British in India, some British came to learn about this lake and came to know about this lake from Sikkim. At that time, when they saw a golden bull in the middle of the lake, they took the bull and dug it to the side of the pond to send the water out of the pond, and when they dug  they found 10-12 people were died so they ran away. Since then the lake has become more famous.

Credit: Hemanta Pandey

Photo Credit: David Ojha


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