Bhadaure Tamagi (भदौरे तमागी) village is a small and very beautiful Gurung village located in Kaski, Pokhara on the way to the Panchase Lekh. It is 22 km from the beautiful city Pokhara, on the edge of the Panchase. The Panchase Forest is an important ecological zone between the Himalayas range and the lowlands. Bhadaure Tamagi lies to the south of Dhikur Pokhari and is about 14 km away from Phewa Lake.
Panchase is a popular destination for Nepalese pilgrims and tourists for its beautiful pond, and morning view of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri including the Annapurna mountain ranges. It is believed that you will never find a tree leaf in the pond as birds pluck it away leaving the pond clean all year round. This beautiful pond adds beauty to the place. It has great biological, cultural, and religious diversity in addition to natural beauty.
Tamagi is a stone village where you’ll find houses made from stones and it’s roof as well. It is an important tourist destination because of its natural and cultural importance. It has beautiful views of the villages of Phewa Lake, green forests, and hills full of natural beauty with a touch of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna mountain range. At night you can see the twinkling lights of the beautiful tourist city Pokhara. For tourists, homestay services have been started here. You may see food prepared on a wood fire without using any modern energy source. Wood-fired food tastes better than that is cooked in gas, electricity etc. You’ll find a homestay name Tamagi stay inn with organic food.
Tamagi is famous for its brave Gurung warriors. They are among the best fighters in the world who fought First World War, Second World War, and other operations and wars. It had a population of 3,543 persons living in 692 individual households, at the time of the 1991 Nepal census but now there are empty houses. People have left the village in search of jobs and better living standards elsewhere in the UK, Hong Kong, USA, Australia, India etc. Only a few people are there who keep the surrounding areas of the village alive. Languages spoken are both Tamuki (Gurung) and Preghee/Khas(Nepali).
Gurungs of this village are still known and referred to as Bajekailimai Parah, Bahemai Parah, Danda Gharemai Parah, Heunbalmai Parah, Dhinsarthemai Parah, Jamdarmai Parah, Kohnmai Parah (Ghodane), Krathemai Parah (Siran Ghare), Krohnmain Parah (Mukhiya), Lemmai Parah (Lamchhane), Methemai Parah (Puchhar Ghare), Mhathemai Parah (Majha Ghare) and so on.
In the past main occupation of the people in Tamagi was agriculture and British, and Indian military services. The main products of this village are People used to grow rice, millet, mustard, wheat, potatoes, barley, maize etc.
15th of Poush is the most important day in everybody’s calendar when the “Lho/Barga” changes. On this day everybody gets older by one year. In modern-day, Lhosar means: it is birthday for everybody. This day is therefore celebrated by having a combined “seukai” (picnic) by bringing in a new harvest (which in this case is rice) from everybody’s house. Kul Peetri Puja (A puja to remember their ancestors) is carried out by everybody. Gaidu Puja is also carried out when “Khir” (Rice Pudding) is the main dish of the day.
The village has a “Devi Than” where the annual worshiping of gods and goddesses (Devi Deutas) with “Puja Path” is carried out once a year.
Tamagi Museum is a place where you’ll find things that reflect the ancient lifestyle of the place and its people. You’ll observe things that were used in kitchens and farming, ancient meat dryers, sanduk etc. This museum opened to educate people about Tamagi.
How to get there?
To reach Tamagi a jeep may be the most convenient and easiest way via the Panchase Marga Road, which goes north of Phewa Lake near Pokhara.
By land, we can also reach this place from Pokhara via Kandhe on the Pokhara-Baglung Highway which will take approximately two hours to get there from Pokhara. We can also get there from a road linking Tamagi to Pokhara via Harpan.