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Kanchenjunga: Beauty to behold

  • Rajib Kanti Roy
  • 13 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Kanchenjunga: Beauty to behold
A splendid view of the pristine snow-covered Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the Himalayan mountain range, is seen from the bordering Panchagarh district of Bangladesh. The photo was taken on Friday. —Md Nasir Uddin

Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, has once again peeked out from different directions in Panchagarh, the northern district which is known as the ‘Daughter of the Himalayas’.

During every fall and winter, the snow-capped mountains start waking up in the morning light and become visible from Panchagarh. The flickering view of the first sunrise of the day on the snow-covered Kanchenjunga spreads the fascination.

As soon as the red glow of the sun reaches the top of mountain, the sky turns red. It seems as if someone has put vermillion on the forehead of a bride.

The magical beauty continues mesmerising viewers as Kanchenjunga keeps changing colours from time to time as the day progresses. Usually it remains visible from sunrise to 11 am and from 4 pm to sunset.

“It’s unbelievable! I must say that I have never gone through such a wonderful experience before. My long journey from Dhaka has been paid off,” said Tamanna Rahman after watching the amazing mountain in Panchagarh’s Tetulia.

Kanchenjunga was visible from September 11 to 14 this year. As the weather was not favourable, it was covered behind the cloud and was not seen in the following days.

However, since the weather has improved and the cloud has gone away, the blue sky is now making it possible to see the amazing scene again since last Wednesday morning.

In previous years, such a scene could be seen from the beginning of October. Due to the sudden appearance of Kanchenjunga in September this year, the news spread rapidly through the mainstream and social media and tourists from various parts of the country began flocking Panchagarh’s Tetulia to watch the unearthly beauty.

But many of them were disappointed as they had to return without watching the breathtaking beauty of Kanchenjunga due to cloudy sky. The spectacular view has been clearly visible for the last few days and it has spread on Facebook again.

From then on, all public and private rest houses and hotels in Tetulia started booking in advance. Panchagarh is an ideal place for those who do not have the opportunity to visit the neighbouring country to watch the enthralling Kanchenjunga after collecting passport and visa.

Tentulia Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sohag Chandra Saha said, “We are also enjoying the joy of tourists. Therefore, their safety, accommodation and food issues are being monitored by the upazila administration.”

He also said the tourist places, including Tetulia dak bungalow, are being developed by making it attractive.

Kanchenjunga comes from the local word “Kang Cheng Zheng Ga” which means- five treasures of snow. The highest of this mountain is 8.586 meters or 28,169 feet tall.

The mountain range from the Himalayas is situated in the eastern border of Nepal and the Indian state of Sikkim, 80 kilometer away from Panchagarh.