Charkose Jhadi, Tarahara – Dharan, Sunsari, Koshi State Eastern Nepal. Photo: ThulungPhoto.com
Charkose Jhadi (Nepali: चार कोसे झाडी) sometimes spelt Charkoshe Jhadi, meaning four kose Jhadi, one kose equal to about 3 kilometres and jhadi meaning jungle. So Char Kose Jhaid in simple English means 12 kilometre jungle. This Charkose Jhadi or 12 kilometre jungle is Nepal’s well known jungle, which was once also the popular destination for hunting by early rulers of Nepal.
Charkose Jhadi, lies between Tarahara, one of the well known agricultural terai town and Dharan, the foothill town in Sunsari District in the Eastern Nepal. It is about 12 kilometres wide and hundreds of kilometres long. The jungle has been someone getting thinner due to deforestation. In early days when the jungle was dense it had rich wildlife. But it still is the home of many Nepalese wild birds and animals and often visited by wild elephants during the season of certain crop harvest.
It is also the home of more than 40 out of 200 rare birds Lesser Adjutant Stork that are found in Nepal, whose number totals to only about 4,000 – 6,000 in the world. At the southern end of this Charkose Jhadi, just north of Tarahara, it has small natural fresh water creek which flows round the year with few trees and natural landscape a perfect site which can be easily converted into Nepal’s largest and naturally made golf course.
Wild elephant crossing the Koshi Highway in Charkose Jhadi, Tarahara – Dharan, Sunsari Eastern Nepal. Photo: ThulungPhoto.com