Tauthali is a historical and cultural town under Tripurasundari Rural Municipality Ward No. 5 of Sindhupalchok District. Although there was Tauthali Village Development Committee in the past, it was included under Tripurasundari Rural Municipality during the state restructuring after implementing federalism. Tauthali is located at an altitude of about two thousand meters above sea level. This historical city is rich in natural beauty. And, It is a wonderful and beautiful tourist destination in the Sindhupalchowk district.

Tauthali - Village in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

The eastern border of Tauthali is connected with Kharidhunga of the Dolakha district. And, the western boundary is connected with Tekanpur. Piskar to the north and Jethal, Petku and Barna rivers to the south of the Tauthali. Geographically, as it is located in some high places, you can see the mountains of Jugal Himalaya and Gaurishankar mountains from here.

Tauthali is about 100 km (approx) northeast of Kathmandu and is located in the eastern part of the Sindhupalchok district. Especially Newar and Thami communities live here. The main attraction of Tauthali is the original art, culture and lifestyle adopted by the Newar community. Dahi Jatra “Curd Festival” celebrated here is a famous Jatra in Nepal. There is a difference between the culture of the Newar community in other places and the culture of Tauthali. Tauthali is culturally, naturally and religiously rich.

The center of religious faith Tripurasundari Mai, Bhimsen's temple, and other places are in Tauthali. Similarly, important tourist attractions such as Zipsele garden, Trishul Danda, Mahabhir Waterfall, and Rope Way are located here. Madhya Shikharchuli, Taksicha, Paryachhoba, Khalchaypong, and love Danda are other tourist destinations of Tauthali. Tauthali, a beautiful gift of nature, attracts everyone's heart. Tauthli is a complete package for religious, historical, cultural, and nature lovers or travelers. Magnesite station is also located here. For that reason, Tauthali can be considered a place with great potential in terms of industry and tourism.

Every place has its own story of origin. Similarly, there are legends about Tauthali from a long time ago. How was Tauthali named? What is the main attractions? Today we will briefly discuss about these topic of Tauthali.

Tauthali, Village in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

History of Tauthali

Tauthali was earlier known as Hajipur. It is said that during the Malla period after a Newari settlement was established at any place, a 'Pur' was built behind that place. According to that, it is said that present-day Tauthali is called Hajipur, Listi is called Babaypur and Dolakha is called Abhaypur. However, there is no historical written evidence that Tauthali is called Hajipur.

Tauthali is a name from the Newari language. "Tago" in the Newari language means “big” and "thali" means a “field blade”. It is said that the name "Tagathali" has been corrupted over time and became Tauthali. As mentioned in the inscription of Bhimsen restored by King Bhupalendra Malla of Kantipur in Nepal Samvat 814, Tauthali is found written as "Tawathali" at that time.

Tripura Sundari Mai, Tauthali

Tripurasundari Mai is a famous religious place in the Sindhupalchok district. It is located in the historical town of Tauthali. This temple is considered to be a very ancient religious centre. Every year devotees come from different places to worship Tripura Sundari Mata. Tripurasundari has become the centre of faith of the devotees as it is a very old and powerful “Shakti Pith” that fulfils wishes.

Tripurasundari Mai is known as the youngest daughter of Digu Taleju of Hanuman Dhoka. Especially the worship of Tripura Sundari Mai starts from Phulfati of Vijaya Dashami. The worship of this goddess is done in a very original and isolated manner. Various types of mantras are recited and worshipped in this temple according to tradition. Dahi Jatra is one of those rituals.

Sadly, the idol has been stolen three times in 2036 BS, 2045 BS and 2078 BS from Tripurasundari Mai's temple.

Dahi Jatra (Curd Fest) - Festival in Thauthali

Dahi Jatra is a Jatra celebrated in an original way in Tauthali, Sindhupalchok district. People celebrate this festival by splashing curd on each other. Celebrating this festival also has its own religious and traditional values.

Dahi Jatra, Festival in Tauthali, Sindhupalchowk. / Source: Siddhartha Shrestha (YouTube)

Tripurasundari Mai is worshipped through tantric rituals and chanting "Jai Jai Mahadevi" circumambulating the city and spreading “Aksheta” (Rice offered to the deity) on 6 lingos, Dahi Jatra begins. This practice is believed to have started during the Malla period of the 13th century. All the farmers here used to raise cattle at that time. Those farmers used to offer curd to the goddess. It was believed that if curd is offered to the goddess, more curd will be produced the following year. This is a very new journey in Nepal. The local people here are committed to its protection so that future generations should also see this Jatra.

Mahabir Waterfalls

There is a dense forest around Tauthali. Various animals and birds are found in the forest. There are places like Pareva Bhir Cave, Trishul Den and Tangal Den within this forest. Especially in this forest, many bees are found. One of the attractions of this forest is the Mahavir waterfall. This waterfall is 120 feet high. It is assumed that the waterfall may be called Mahbhir because honey bees are found in the hills of this forest.

Dolakha Ropeway

The ropeway connecting Sindhupalchok and Dolakha districts was constructed through Tauthali. The main purpose of this ropeway construction is to take magnesium from the Dolakha mine and bring it to the Lamosanghu industry. Since this industry is closed, this ropeway is also closed. The distance of this ropeway is about 10 km. This ropeway was one of the longest ropeways in Nepal. It is said that this ropeway, which was in operation until the 90s, was closed due to various political and economic reasons.