The original taru village was once the only human settlement in the chitwan valley, and it was almost unknown to tourists until tourist attractions were developed. Chitwan, Nepal’s third biggest tourist attraction after trekking and the Kathmandu valley, was once a royal hunting ground for nepalese nobles and foreign dignitaries.
Today, chitwan is a famous national forest park in Nepal, which was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984. Hidden in the southern foothills of the Himalayas, this small country is rich in world heritage despite its backwardness.
However, compared with Kathmandu, known as a temple, and pokhara, an outdoor paradise, chitwan’s tourism popularity is relatively weak, so the taru village living here is still simple and primitive. Tharu is one of the ethnic groups in Nepal. The ethnic groups living in chitwan today include tharu, tamang and sati.
Presumably because the taru villages were the only people to live in the primeval forests, most visitors to the area are intensely curious about the people.
Strange flourishing national park was established in 1973, but at least from the beginning of the 19th century, the region is hunting for Nepal and foreign noble JinYuan, a large number of death under the bullets of wild animals has sparked a unmanageable malaria, has resulted in fewer and fewer the number of human involvement in the region, originally the human living nearby were also infected and died.
But the only minority that can fight malaria and survive is the tharu. The taru migrated to chitwan in the 16th century as a result of ethnic warfare. They fought against the swampy conditions of tropical forests and the malaria of insects and mosquitoes. Until the 1950s, there were also talu villagers living here.
It can be said that the taru villagers at that time were the first to establish a harmonious relationship with chitwan wildlife. But today, chitwan is Nepal’s famous national forest park and a world heritage site, and the villages surrounding this pristine forest are not just taru. But for visitors, the taru are the most pristine villages to explore.
Although tourists keep coming in and out of the village, the taru people still follow the ancient and natural living state. They do not travel but develop the business model. The village is still a very ordinary village without any sense of tourism.
Before the influence of Hindu culture, the taru had their own distinct religious beliefs because they lived in the forest and worshipped wild animals, including a series of deities and ghosts. Even when Hinduism was introduced here, they worshiped some Hindu gods, but did not completely abandon their original religious beliefs.
In addition, the taru were still a matriarchal society in the past, and still see the shadow of matriarchal society in some areas where the taru people live today. Including the taru village in the chitwan valley, the women look free and chic.
As far as I can see (I’ve been here three days and two nights), most of the farm workers are men. Most women, on the other hand, are generally comfortable, confident and happy, perhaps in charge of family life.
Although chitwan has become a popular tourist attraction, the houses the taru people live in remain pristine, low, built with cow dung and mud and mostly roofed with vegetation.
Of course, the family that a few economy are good still can build brick wall cement room, and besmear on bright-coloured color, plant some flowers and plants in the doorway again, make the interest life that belongs to oneself alone. Instead of running a tourist business in the village, such families often work in Kathmandu, making money and returning home to build new homes.
Some people once thought that the taru people were stupid and could not grasp the business opportunities in the tourist area. They suggested that they should open hotels, restaurants, tourist shops and so on. But the taru felt that it would destroy the environment where the animals lived and disturb the gods. But the park still has high-end hotels and resorts, but the cost is high.
Many choose to stay in the nearby town of solarha, a tourist town with hotels, restaurants, bars, money changers, travel agencies, Internet cafes and a dozen shops selling everything from pirated CDS to tiger-foot-shaped ashtrays.
Therefore, the taru village has become the most primitive cultural landscape in chitwan national forest park. People do not want to stay here for a night or even enjoy a piece of delicious food.
1. If you want a nice stay, choose a resort in the park. But for the cost and entertainment, it is recommended to go to the small town of soraha, which is also very idyllic.
2. It is most convenient to travel to chitwan from Kathmandu or pokhara by tourist bus. It was about six or seven hours, but it was bumpy. You can also choose to go through a travel agency and enjoy an elephant ride.
3. It is not recommended to go to chitwan by raft. Although many European and American tourists like this mode of transportation, I do not recommend that they choose to go by raft for safety reasons. To chitwan, you can choose to experience the small raft, evening river scenery is good.
4. As there are many villages around chitwan, it is very suitable for exploring by motorcycle or mountain bike. So there are many shops in soraha that rent out mountain bikes and motorcycles. But it should be noted that you can rent a mountain bike, but do not consider a motorcycle.
5. The chitwan jungle is perfect for trekking. There are a series of new trekking trails in the northern mountains of chitwan that are closer to nepalese life than trekking in mount Everest and the annapurna mountains.
But so far, tourist facilities are not perfect, including hotels and restaurants are not mature. But it won’t stop many tourists from looking forward to the trip. Try to arrange the trip through a travel agency, not on your own.
October to February is the best time to visit chitwan.
7, because the jungle mosquito wanton wild, must wear anti-mosquito water, repellent, and try not to wear skin clothes. If so, check your bare skin after the jungle walk. Therefore, once bitten, may lead to macula, typhoid fever. The odds are small, but not negligible.
8. There are many tourist shops in the town, including traditional nepalese clothing, kashmiri and Nepali handicrafts, silver ornaments, various precious stones, books, stamps, COINS, audio-visual products, etc.