Team: Arena Development Consult Pvt. Ltd - Kathmandu, Nepal;
The major objective of the research is to have a detailed study of different nodal towns along the Lumbini - Lo Manthang Kaligandaki corridor to know its probable link to the Silk Road. Therefore the work aims to study the trans-border relation of Nepal with India and China in the political, religious and cultural context. Further, it is to explore the history of religion, culture and trade of numerous ancient settlements along the corridor of the Kaligandaki River from Southern Terai to Northern Mountain regions and Himalayas and beyond the Himalayas, focus on how this Kaligandaki Road as a corridor played the role in establishing and flourishing of multidimensional culture in the long history form 2nd Century BC to 16th Century AD. Finally, through the analytical study of history and culture of Lumbini-Lo Manthang Corridor, it has targeted to find out the position of Nepal, especially of Kaligandaki corridor in connection with ancient Silk Road. Following are the objective set for the study 1. Identify and map the connecting major nodes/nodal town/s and the component sites/ monuments within the Lo Manthang – Lumbini corridor along its segment from Lumbini to the south up to Indian border and compile information on the connectedness of the component sites/ monuments and nodes/nodal towns with each other and with the Silk Roads as possible; 2. Study about the current situation of entire Lo Manthang – Lumbini corridor at present in relation to the physical evidence, continuation of activities including any other significant observations, such as threats, or ongoing measures relevant to the protection of the component sites/monuments and nodes/nodal towns; This study completely deals with different nodal towns along the Lumbini – Lo manthang corridor on the basis of political, cultural and religious and trade history found as evidence in these places. Therefore, the study will shed light on the entire historical significance of Silk Road in Nepal.