The capital city of Kathmandu in Nepal is an ancient metropolis, about 2,000 years old, but is now steadily developing into a bustling and progressive urban metropolis. It major attractions include streets, temples, palaces, buildings and even whole towns that are several hundred years old. Many of its local villages remain as they were many centuries ago, untouched by modern developments and urbanization. One of these authentic local villages is the Thecho Village located in the district of Lalitpur.
If your idea for a tourist vacation involves modern facilities such five-star hotels, posh restaurants and electric bars, Kathmandu is not for you. If you are longing to unwind by the beachside and take a dip in clear blue waters, Nepal is definitely not your country of choice. Nepal is sandwiched between India and China without a body of water in sight. Kathmandu, on the other hand, is better known for its ancient temples and structures, although it does have very good hotels, restaurants and bars. Now, if you are looking for an adventure among local villagers in a quiet, drawn back little town that is 1,371 meters above sea level, then, the Nepali village of Thecho is for you.
The name Thecho raises so many questions and controversies since it neither sounds Nepali nor a village name at all. Some people believe that the name came from the village’s original name, which is Dharmatharipur. How this long typical Nepali name was cut short to an almost English-sounding name is explained in an interesting folk story. Locals tell of a time when the earlier settlers to this part of Nepal lived in a village called Dyecha in Dharmatharipur, which is located on the lower parts of the hill. However, Dyecha was completely destroyed and buried underground by a huge landslide. The residents then decided to move to a higher place, which is where the village is now located. The visitors referred to their newly established settlement as Chhen choy which roughly translates, the houses at the upper part. Chhen choy later deviated to Thecho.
Stories also tell that there were only a few families living in this upper village. It did not take long, however, that many other people discovered the beauty of the area and the richness of its ground. The new migrants came from lower places and they referred to the upper village as Thaya-cho, which means a place at some height. Again, Thaya-cho could have later become Thecho.
Perhaps no one can verify the truths of these stories for you, but be convinced that the community of Thecho is indeed beautiful and fertile. It is located just about six kilometers from the town of Lalitpur, and it is now being developed into a livable and more sustainable village site. It is surrounded by other interesting villages such as Dhapakhel to the east, Bungimati to the west, Sunikhoti to the north and Champii to the south. The Nakhu River flows through these villages, which is a good indication that this area has good potentials for growth and major future developments.