BY RADHA LUITEL,Fidim, Feb. 10: Sadhutar, situated at an altitude of 8, 400 feet above sea level in Phidim Municipality-7 in Panchthar district, is an emerging tourist destination area. Nature enthusiasts can reach Sadhutar after a 3-kilometer journey off-road from Pauwabhanjyang, along the Ilam-Phidim road section of the Mechi Highway.
The reflection of the clear blue sky in the serene blue pond juxtaposed against the majestic backdrop of the Kanchenjunga and Kumbhakarna mountains adds beauty to the area. The picturesque pool of calm water and refreshing mountain air makes Satudar a beloved destination for tourists seeking leisure from the hectic schedule of city life.
Particularly during the monsoon season, Sadhutar bustles with visitors for picnics and recreation. The pond situated amidst the open space offers a mesmerising sight, with the reflection of the blue sky and the towering snow-capped mountains in the background.
These natural features attract several domestic tourists to Sadhutar. One local, Nimon Mukhia, said that especially on Saturdays and public holidays, people from various villages in Panchthar, as well as neighbouring districts of Tehrathum, Taplejung, Ilam, and Jhapa flock to the area.
Upon arrival, visitors are often occupied with capturing photos and videos of the scenic surroundings. Recently, there has been an increase in the presence of music video makers in the area as well.
Nearby destinations such as Pauwabhanjyang, Silauti, Sukepokhari and Lohakil also attract tourists. Prabhakar Mainali, who arrived from Atharai in Tehrathum, was drawn by the blooming rhododendrons in the nearby forests, the fir trees lining the area and the aesthetically constructed houses nearby.
There is a good arrangement for horse riding around the lake for the tourists who come to explore this area. Likewise, visitors arriving on motorcycles or bicycles often return after making a circuit around the pond.
Surendra Kerung, headmaster of Siddha Devi Higher Secondary School at Falelung-7, likened Sadhutar to a mini Mustang. “After arriving here, I forget all kinds of fatigue and stress, so I feel like I have reached Mustang, which is why I come here twice a year,” he said.