Gajedi Taal is one of the popular lakes in Nepal
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Gajedi Taal (Nepali: गजेडी ताल) is one of the renowned lakes in Nepal. It lies just 3 km (1.9 mi) south of Mahendra Highway. The name Gajedi has been derived from the VDC, in which it is located, viz Gajedi. The lake spreads over 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi) and is surrounded by forest. The lake is close to Lumbini where Gautama Buddha was born.
Gajedi Taal is in the countryside; the village name is Danapur (Kuchira) which is a part of Gajedi VDC. To reach Danapur (Kuchira) village, one takes a vehicle from Butwal, the headquarters of Rupandehi district. From there it is approximately 21 kilometers west. After you cross 19 kilometers, turn south at Bansgadhi. Although the roads there are not so good, there are green forests and natural beauty.
Boating on this lake is becoming popular day by day. Many tourists come here for boating on fresh water and fully enjoy it. There are some people trained in boating who will help you if needed. The people there are inhabitants, and they know everything about Gajedi Taal. Sometimes they scare you with stories of accidental deaths.
Jungle safari might be joyful because of the green jungle around the lake. The people have created organizations like Aama Samuha (Mother's group), Samudayik Ban (सामुदायिक वन), etc. They are fully devoted to internal and external tourists. There are guides at very low cost who will take visitors everywhere.
Another fantastic activity there is picnic. When Gajedi Taal was not popular, it was only the picnic place and people came from far away villages. Nowadays, it is one of the most facilitated picnic spots in the district. The picnic stalls are being developed; in the near future, it will be a popular spot. People as far as Butwal, Bhairahawa come there and picnic.
Another renowned lake, Lausha Taal, also near Gajedi Taal, is on the way to Gajedi Taal in Lausha village. Lausha Taal is not popular with tourists, but if you visit Gajedi Taal, it is worth visiting Lausha Taal. The location of Lausha Taal is not so straightforward; ask the local people. People there are very polite and generous, so you may not face any problems to find. If you feel hungry, they will invite you for lunch or dinner.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, also known as 'The Light of Asia', is one of the most visited places of Nepal and main attraction for national and foreign tourists. Buddha was born in the sixth century B.C. Many tourists from around the world visit Lumbini to see arts, human creativity in beautiful temples, and statues interspersed around the wide green forest.