Off the Beaten Track to Tangting
Many villages around Nepal have been influenced by the tourism industry, which in one way has been advantageous for the economies of the villages, but has also resulted in the deterioration of the traditional and cultural experiences for travelers. Some villages have focused so intensely on accommodating foreign tourists that the opportunity for them to enjoy the villages in their natural state has been lost. One village that has not yet been influenced by the tourism industry is Tangting, and getting to the village is as much an adventure as exploring the village and surrounding areas.
To get to Tangting travelers will have to hitch a jeep ride from Pokhara to Jhaundu. From there, travelers are advised to have an experienced guide with them to lead the way from Jhaundu to Tangting, as the hike is not a clear route and travelers might lose their way if not familiar with the area. Once in Tangting, visitors will be greeted with the sight of a quaint and picturesque village that still features cobblestone streets and original architecture.
Nestled in the region below the bases of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna VI, the village is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and views. The mountains, waterfalls and dense forests make Tangting one of the most exquisite destinations in Nepal, where visitors can enjoy learning about village life and explore nature in its entire splendor. The village has two hundred and fifty households with an estimated population of two thousand residents. There is an educational system in place in the village, as well as various attractions, such as Nauju.
Tangting also has its own unique and traditional dishes, which include ghundruk and dhindo, with their local drinks including raksi and chyaang. The locals are also known for their fabric production, all of which is hand-woven and a recommended purchase for souvenirs. Due to their location, the residents of Tangting are mostly farmers, growing crops of potatoes, maize, rice and wheat, as well as raising goats, cows, sheep and buffaloes. Not many tourists travel so far off the beaten track, placing visitors amongst a handful of foreigners that have visited the village. The locals are extremely friendly and wonderful hosts, making visitors feel welcome, enthusiastically sharing their culture and traditions.