Bhairahawa - Experience Terai

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Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018 · 6 min read

You might have gotten an impression that cave-man is all about mountains and that’s what he posts about most of the time. But let me start by saying that this post is different. In this one, I take to a place different. A place with fertile plain lands extending to eternity. A landscape that is hot and humid yet beautiful with vast agricultural land and boasting an awesome lifestyle.

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Well not exactly a place but a geographical region that accumulates about 17% of our lands at south. To better understand it, the northern part of our country is mountains then comes the hills and the terai. And for this post I take you to a villages and lifestyles around Bhairahawa, a part of terai geography. Well, bhairahawa is a famous city and a gateway to Sidharthanagar(The Birthplace of Gautam Buddha and a great religious place for Buddhists) and a gateway to India border too. Well, these are the stuffs you can google and see yourselves. But what I am meaning to show you is different. So fasten your seatbelts for a pure terai experience.

Now that I am working full time in a company, I had a privilege of travelling by air to the place without bothering anyone. And I did so and let me start by showing off some pictures taken from our local plane while the Air Hostess was shouting Please sir switch off your electronics while on the plane.

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These shots aren’t that great either as the flight was delayed and I got a seat where everything was obstructed by the right wing. Also, it was too dark already and the plane windows reflecting the internal lights obscured everything.

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When you reach around terai landscape you will start noticing the vast plain lands and its awesome but I don’t have that particular shot for you as well(A Bummer!). And then we landed to be welcomed by this 30 degree celsius warm blanket even though it was 7 pm already.


People here loved to sleep outside(they don’t any more but still some do) and this used to be the setting in almost every terai house when I was a child as it is too hot to sleep inside without AC or fans.

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When you visit any part of Terai in our country, you will notice that people still primarily use an atlas cycle. And we call those “बुडा साईकल” ( A cycle that an old man rides) but soon you will see every age groups riding the same in terai.

But before we start this let me summarize what we talk about in this post
  • Lifestyle
  • Vehicles
  • Agriculture
  • Plain Lands

    But be aware, these points are only for those who are busy this weekend but have some time to surf through the pictures. But for all those who have a free weekend, I am expecting y’all to go through it all or I won’t be responsible for the fun you’re missing if you don’t.

    Okay, let me continue with what we expect out of people riding this atlas bike: An old man

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    Okay this one qualified too but he saw me shooting - So I hid for a while.

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    But in terai our expectation of people who would ride this bike is totally betrayed. Everyone rides this!

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    It has even become a family vehicle now! Hel-lyo, still expecting an old man, you foolish cave!

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    One very interesting thing about modern terai is(Bhairahawa mostly is a modern terai), almost every manual man based Rickshaw’s have been replaced by these electric tempos and these aren’t that expensive to buy as well. Also I have heard that you can buy these on loans. If you happen to visit terai then don’t miss out on riding on these.

    In my favor, I saw one of these electric one parking and I had a model for my shots.

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    Almost feeling like buying one of these, Don’t you?

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    And you get different models of these to choose from. Well I chose something similar to this blue one below to get some air only to notice I was covered with dust when I was back from my ride. So be wise!

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    Now where did I go riding this awesome tempo/rickshaw? To see the plain lands or should I say plain agricultural lands.


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    To be particular, I went to the rice farming land and the down to the earth feeling that I got there was simply amazing. The smell of the the farm and a gentle morning breeze was so pleasant and healthy.

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    The farming lands extended to eternity and the varying colors among the farm was so beautiful to observe. Time and again you would see a heron fly out from the wilderness of the rice plants feeling alerted by our motion. I tried capturing them but I was unable to anticipate their random coming outs.

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    Besides, moving my feet among these small pathways was amazing. I was kind of worried about the snakes but I guess they are afraid of us too and don’t show out when not necessary.

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    And some abstract shots because I love shooting those.

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    Well, those plain yellow ones were ready to be harvested and if you observed them closely the seeds were good enough too.

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    Some patches were already harvested. They used to do this by hands but nowadays they use tractors too. After harvesting, depending on techniques, they beat the plants up and separate the seeds. I could see haystacks everywhere.



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    This farmer was giving me a pose on the rice farm in front of the haystack in his bicycle. I feel this is the best shot one could take to reflect the lifestyle.



    And this tractor gave me a wild antique look too and it had to be shooted.

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    I was unable to observe the actual harvesting process but surely did see one of them farmers drying the rice seeds to take it to the rice mill afterwards.

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    This time, I had to take a short vacation and couldn’t experience much fun. But I did surely enjoy my visit to the farm and shooting to reflect the lifestyle. I hope that you enjoyed this too!


    Special thanks to my friends @redheadpei, @minismallholding and @himalayanwomb who really did encourage me with their kind words on my last post where I asked you all if I should do this long lifestyle based post of Terai. Also dear @melinda010100, see said I could tag her everywhere. And yeah! I finally did it!

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    checky
    Checky @checkyDecember 2018

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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    Thanks bro!


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    Farming there looks so different from what I'm used to! Love the post, it's always fascinating to see what things are like in other parts of the world (Nice photos too, I particularly like the last two).

    Hopefully @curie notices this, this calls for a proper upvote!


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    I am more like a passive observer to the things around me. Had I been an active one it would been even more fun as we have different festivals dedicated for farming like mud festival and we sow by hands - so its a festival too.
    "Yeah I will shoot it anyway" is something that describes me the best. If it happens to be around while I am there, I shoot it but don't really put my effort.


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    erikah
    ErikaH @erikahDecember 2018

    Hello @cave-man. Just stopped by to read your lovely post. You have my full support on this, you deserve it. It's amazing how you were able to capture and put in words the meaning of life at that part of the world. Well done, keep up the good work and steem on. Feel free to tag me when you have a similar article. Have a nice weekend 😊


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    Haha thanks. I was told similar things by melinda some weeks ago. Steem ladies are really very lovely.


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    erikah
    ErikaH @erikahDecember 2018

    Not all ladies, just us 😜
    Ok, just kidding. I'm keeping an eye on you, although I've been busy with other things lately. You're doing great, keep it up!


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    Thank you lovely @erikah.


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    himalayannomad
    ... @himalayannomadDecember 2018

    Wow. Nice post. Knowing about the lifestyle in other parts of the world is always interesting.


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    thanks man. I know you find this similar. So you loving it is an achievement in itself.
    Steem on!


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    roxy-cat
    Roxy-cat @roxy-catDecember 2018

    Another cool post from the laziest man I know. 😂
    Great photos of an already amazing area. Thank you for taking us to these virtual trips. 🙂


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    You know cave's got to push himself every now and then or he might go to this permanent laziness mode!
    Love you!


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    roxy-cat
    Roxy-cat @roxy-catDecember 2018

    With the arrival of Winter, I was afraid you'll go into a hibernation state. 😂
    Love you back!


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    The beautiful side of terai. Never been to Buddha's birth place but wanted to visit that place.
    Modernization is changing everything, like you said. People here in India nowdays using electric rikshaw instead of atlas cycle.
    Intresting to read and photos are amazing specially wheat fields.

    Very well sharing @cave-man and here is a mountain lover so do not hesitate to share about mountains. Blessings.


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    Thanks my dear friend. Your mountain posts and the trueness to the nature are something I look forward to all the time!


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    As always, wonderful photos and I enjoyed reading about the lifestyle. 😊


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    Thanks insane! I sometimes like to go to this insane mode and write these posts


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    sane mode --> good
    insane mode --> good...er. yes. gooder.


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    Incredible picture and some great points about terai....r u from India? Or it is the border area....i can see many similar stuffs as found on Indian sides too..


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    No my friend, I am from Nepal and I was on my visit to the bordering area.
    Yeah we are so similar on cultures and everything!
    Thank you so much.


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    blacklux
    Luz... @blackluxDecember 2018

    Aww, look at you! Writing a long post! I feel proud of you!


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    Haha! Look at you finding it amusing!


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    stef1
    stef1 @stef1December 2018

    Thank you for this trip, I can understand that it might be very exciting to travel somewhere where not so many of us have been, as you said due to work you are there and I find the idea of doing that post about Bhairahawa is good to let people know about such place. Seeing that pictures made from window of your plane I can imagine how I also tried to do some pictures, when you see such beauty and can’t share with anyone that is really pity. Another thing that caught my eye while looking at the cyclist that road condition was not too bad and cyclists wee looking quite comfortable traveling like that. I can understand them very well, living in Europe we also have quite a lot of cyclists here but we have a privilege of cycling paths too. Like those fields full of nice matured sort of wheat. Beautiful picture!


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    cave-man
    Caveman @cave-manDecember 2018

    Actually what I meant is now that I earn my myself I can easily buy my own tickets(I was on a vacation). Guess, I wrote it confusingly.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I am very glad that you could relate to this.
    Its a plain road so condition is ok but it is too dusty and we don't have separate lanes for bikes.


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