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Honey Haunting in Nepal 12 Day.
Honey Haunting in Nepal 12 Day. It takes you to the Gurla Mandata trek foothill of the Central Nepal. Here, this Haunt is made twice in a year. The difficult cliffs in the foothills of central Himalaya zone offer the homage to the world’s largest honey bee colony. They are Apis Laborious and Apis dorsal. These two species are the indigenous species here in Nepal. These honeybees reside there from generation to generation. And so the haunters whose haunting rituals differ from community to community. Honey haunting tour introduces you with these community people who practice the rituals. Also, you can observe these interesting rituals.
These days International Center for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu runs a program called Himalayan Honey bees project . And actively working for the sustainable management of the honey haunting to ensure that the species can easily survive. Honey haunting takes place in the village of Ghana Pokhari and Ghale Gaun which are beautiful traditional villages. To reach the village one has to drive from Kathmandu to Khudi. It is at 6 hours of bus drive. And, from the place you will have to trek for almost 6 to 7 hours to reach the villages. This Honey haunting ritual begins with certain kind of prayer and flower, fruits and grain offerings.
After that the haunters lit fire below the cliff. Thus, this smoke will make the bees leave their comb and fly away. Now, the haunter climb up the cliff with the help of the ladder made from rope. Moreover, he carries tool with him. Then, fight with the honey soldiers and cut off the chunk of honey comb. Furthermore, honey is best for medical treatment purpose. Therefore, the experience to see the traditional Honey Haunting Process is worthwhile.
These days due to the introduction of the noon indigenous species of plant and European honey bee Apis mellifera. It has created a problem of food for these indigenous species since all the nearby flower nectar is used up very fast. Honey Haunting in Nepal 12 Day.