Jhilmila Lake – Queen Lake of Kanchanpur
Jhilmila Lake, being located in the fertile lands Kanchanpur district makes it one of the most beautiful lakes among all other lakes. The lake is surrounded with divine forestry trees and beautiful grass which makes it perfect destination for your next weekend. Not only it’s a good place to spent time with your loved ones but with your books and spirituality. The surrounding environment(hills) filled with beautiful creatures (birds, aqueous animals, plants and grass), makes this lake a gifted with a versatile beauty. The tourist reaching herel are mesmerized when lake changes it’s color.
Kanchanpur district is famous for various diversification. It is full of natural beauty and resources.unlike any other surrounding district of Nepal. The ‘Jhilmila Lake’ in Bhimdatta Municipality-9 Chure area is becoming a tourist attraction these days. Domestic tourists have been visiting and taking advantage of this beauty during the summer holidays with zero cost.
Jhilmila Lake is around 25 km north of the district headquarters Bhimdattanagar. Jhilmila Lake is covered with green hills around it, which are about 680 meters above sea level. This rhythm is said to change color three times a day. It is very interesting and pleasant to visualize species like black fish roaming round the lake. Although the lake is covered with forests and trees, the water of the lake crystal clear. The leaves are nowhere to be seen in the lake. The reflections of birds chattering around and the dense hills covering more then a kilometer area makes it a must visit place of kanchanpur.
Interesting Fact about Jhimila Lake
- It is renowned lake of Nepal. The water is clean, beautiful and charming .Jhilmila Lake in the Chure mountain range neither decreases nor increases. The water of the lake is pure. Despite the dense forest around the lake, no leaves of trees have been found in the water. There is no drainage. Tourists who come to see the lake are mesmerized as the lake changes color from time to time.
- Jhilmila Lake in Chure Hills, Ward No. 9 of Bhimdatta Municipality is the choice of locals and foreigners alike. The sound of birds chirping in the lake area and the flocks of wild animals seen while walking have made the tourists happy.
- There is a small temple of Mother Jhilmila near the lake. Those who come to the same temple with aspirations are seen praising. “People in dire straits come with their wishes. It is believed that those wishes will be fulfilled after visiting Mother Jhilmila,” said Lal Bahadur Bista, vice-chairman of Jhilmila Development Committee and social worker.
- Its water does not drain anywhere, it does not get low, it rises a little in the rainy season,” said social local member. The water of the lake changes color three times in the morning, afternoon and evening. Golden in the morning, blue in the afternoon and green in the evening. Due to change the water color people called it Jhimila Lake.
- Hindu beliefs book Mahabharata describes the supernatural power of Jhilmila Lake. While the Pandavas were in exile, Draupadi was thirsty for water. Arjuna climbed a tree and saw a lake with water and sent a brother there. The brother who had gone to fetch water did not return. The other brother who left after that did not return. Everyone died on the spot. Finally, Yudhishthira himself went to fetch water. At the same time, an invisible force came out of the lake and asked a question to Yudhisthira. Satisfied with the answers to all the questions, he was asked to beg for a brother alive. Yudhisthira demanded that his brother Arjuna be resurrected. Then there is the story that that supernatural power happily made all the brothers of Yudhisthira alive. “This story of the Mahabharata also gives the impression that there is a supernatural power in this lakes.
- This lake has natural and religious significance. It is surrounded by forests; this lake is captivating by changing colors daily. Tourists also pay attention to the black-tailed mustache fish that come to the Akshata Khan hull thrown by the visitors. Apart from black fish, snakes have also been seen in the lake. Due to the belief that there is divine power in the lake, fishing is not eaten. Before a year’s one incident were happened, the local said, an Indian citizen who tried to take the fish home in polythene a few years ago fainted.
How Can You Reach Jhilmila Lake?
Road construction work has been started around the lake. At present, the construction of the 600-meter-long circuit has reached its final stage. Gods and goddesses have been installed on four sides of the lake. To the south is the Jhilmila Mata temple. Near Mata’s temple is Siddha Baijnath, on the west bank is Kali i.e. Durga Mata and on the other side is Purnagiri temple. Every visitor returns after worshiping all the deities.
From Matena, we can reach Jhilmila through Tarakot via Gahuntani temple. A footpath has been constructed along the road leading to the lake via Tarakot via Brahmadev and Kalital waterfalls. In Matena, the lake can be reached by crossing a distance of 9.5 km to Tarakot and then 1.5 km uphill and third road. Road & other infrastructure construction has been started for the convenience of the visitors.
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Every one tourist who reached Mahendranagar to visit they must to choose their schedule for visit jhimila. There is no restriction to visit on their gender or religion basis. So who want make the plan to visit Kanchanpur district they must not to leave or ignore to visit Jhilmila and you all guys are known to hospitilatiy management of Kanchanpur District Capital Mahendranagar bazzar or Bhim datt Municipality.