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There are more than 1200 houses in the village. There is 24-hour electricity, internet facility,basic medical service, good hotels and the village can be reached by direct bus transportation from Kathmandu except in rainy season. Barpak is situated upon the hilltop about 1900 metres high from sea level at north of Gorkha approximately 45 km (28 mi) away from Gorkha in Nepal. There is gravelled road under construction from Abu Khaireney running on the bank of Darauti River to Baluwa which believe to reach Barpak this year[when?] finally after all the political hurdles thanks to Dr. Baburam Bhattrai who tried his best and all Barpakies for their effort. Barpak has nearly 1100 households and nearly 15 thousand population mainly with Ghale and Gurungs tribes. There are small number of Kami, damai and sunar (Dalit tribe) in the village serving the community from generation after generation.
Barpak is known as village of late VC Capt. Gage Ghale who won the highest honour Victoria Cross Medal in second world war in Burma. He was also decorated with Nepal Tara by Late King of Nepal.
There is local myth that there was Ghale King who ruled Barpak and surroundings. It used to be a trail for salt traded between Tibetans and newars of Kathmandu in the early days of Biasey Chaubesey Rajya( Twenty Two Twenty Four States) in the early 1400 Bikram Sambat. During the unification campaign let by Shah dynasty of Nepal by king Drabya Shah and Prithibi Narayan Shah they called Ghale King for a peace talk and was believed to be tricked and wiped out in Nimel on the sandy bank of Darauty River.
Ghales were given enough wine in metal dish but Shah’s knights were served wine on taperi (hand-made plate with leaves). As Ghales got drunk with heavy binged drinking fight broke out. Shah knights had already hidden swards under sand long before the party started and slaughtered everyone with their hidden weapons. This mass murder wiped Ghale clan but only few ones survived who were still in their mother’s tummy, therefore even today; Dakey clan of Ghale tribe never drink water at Nimel believing it was flooded with Ghale clan blood once.
Barpak has its unique historic significance despite its isolation from mainstream politics and bustling cities. Its breadth taking natural beauty has melted so many hearts and drawn so many people from around the world. It has been visited by German Chancellor Dr Roman Herzog in early 97. Science Teacher Mr. Mickey Gordon is one of the admirers of Barpak; who has been visiting Barpak year after year for over 23 years and has helped rebuild the village school. Barpak has even attracted state television which telecast documentary about Barpak recently. The unique sloppy shape of the village with clustered stone tile-roofed houses believe to be the reason behind main attractions to the people wishing to visit Barpak once they have seen pictures of Barpak. Barpak is one of the stopover village routes of trekking around Manaslu. Barpak has attracted countless tourists with its genuine hospitality of and unspoilt natural beauty.
People can go to Narad Pokhari from Barpak which believe to be one of the pilgrimages of Hindus. It is believed that if you worship after taking bath here at Shrawan Shrangti, your wish would come true. But there is a myth that you must go there once you said you want to go; nevertheless journey is believed to be very harsh through the challenging mountain path. Locals are happy to assist and accompany or guide to Narad Pokhari if you arranged with them in the village.
There are so many possibilities of developing eco tourism in Barpak as it has so much to offer to the guests. Its rich culture, warm and friendly people breadth taking scenes of Himalaya watching Barpak, overlooking valleys of Darauti river and Treks to Dharkey Danda, Narad Pokhari or just a chill out tour around the village and many interesting festivals.
Barpak has its own Micro-Hydro power station which supplies 24/7 electricity to all households of Barpak. This was set up by Mr Bir Bahadur Ghale, a local entrepreneur back in 1996 to create more opportunities in the village.
He had also set up a ropeway with the support of British Embassy Kathmandu and local investors from bottom of Darauti River to hilltop of village to carry goods which has now stopped following fatal accident killing 4 people back in 2000. The base station had also been washed away by Ghattey Khola during monsoon.As well as 24 hours lease bandwidth wireless and V-SAT internet facilities all round village.This was set up Mr.Dhan Prasad Ghale(Cisco Network Engineer) since 2005 to till date. Road and Mobility:
Life is tough in Barpak where things are all carried by people themselves with Doko and Namlo. They spend a whole day to collect a Doko full of fire wood which will only last few days. This has raised further deforestation and landslide problems in Barpak and surroundings.
Barpak is once again going to change its face forever once the gravelled road reaches to Barpak this year allowing vehicles to reach Barpak during Winter and warm season apart from monsoon. It might take few more years to get paved road and proper bridges which is so significant to operate the gravelled road. It is believe that Barpak would be a business hub of the region when road connects Barpak with other cities creating more opportunities for Barpak and local economy. There is definitely a light at the end of tunnel visible for Barpakies at the moment.
School, College and Hospital
There are 6 schools operating at the moment including one high school. Barpakies are hopeful that they will soon get funding for a college from the central government. Barpak needs a bank and a mini hospital to meet the healthcare needs of the community. There are few private pharmacists lunching (Store and Forward) Telemedicin service, with some training to look after villagers when they get ill. They are trusted more by villagers when they are needed. There is a state funded health post providing family planning advices and basic medical treatment facilities and few complimentary medicines supplies. At the time of birth complication and serious accidents, medical surgical help is 2 days walk reality which poor people even cannot afford that and they are forced to die without proper medical treatment; instead, they depend on readily available traditional lama Jhakri to cure their illness. This is very sad reality of Barpak and Barpakies without any question. Upcoming road will buy some time to take ill person to the nearest hospital soon.
Religion Language Cultural and Faith
Ghale Language is spoken practically in Barpak and surrounding which has different dialects e.g. KHORLA, UIYA, JAGAT, PHILIM, NYAK . Ghale language is spoken by almost 25 thousand populations around Barpak Uiya Pukri to Gumda area. Barpak is believed to be very old settlement historically in the sense that people still practice Bona religion. They seemed to have adapted Buddhism and Hinduism over the centuries and now there is small minority of Christianity. It has one monastery and one temple and one church. But in practice; Barpakies go to Dhami Dorong (cemetery) on Baishak Purnima (on Buddha’s Birthday) to worship and get blessing from their ancestors. They gather especially brothers of same clan believed to be extended family from same forefather this day to remember their ancestors and get blessing from them offering food and wine following ritual puja from kul Jhakri (chosen Seamen). Barpakies celebrate maghey sangranti, push pandra dashain tihar chaitey dashain besides Biashak Purnima.
In fact they celebrate Dashain more gracefully then anywhere else when most of the families gather at their homes in this festival. The head of the village would keep Jamara and start Dashain on Ghatashthapana. Every body especially children have to put on new cloth in Dashain and every home most sacrifice a sheep or goat to celebrate Dashain. Dashain ends with putting away fulpati and Chelo competition but it is still unclear as how long Barpakies have been celebrating Dashain.
Most of Barpakies own a piece of land where they grow wheat, millet, soyabean, corn, barley and also rice which is planted only in the lower part of village called loong and Goje. Most family own a herds of sheep and animal and they cash in well at the time of Dashain and other festivals.
Therefore majority of Barpakies live on traditional agriculture to feed their family whereas some men join British Gurkhas, Singapore Police and Indian Army, Nepal army or go to other countries and serve there to earn their living and handful of pension to support themselves when they grow old. Few Barpakies have taken jobs in local school as teachers and there are some traders supplying groceries, hardware and clothing to the community.
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