Odar is a quaint little village that is getting very popular for its amazingly
serene location and well run homestays. Also, we hear side trips to nearby
viewpoints yield amazing mountain views. And the best part is that it is only
a short detour from the usual trail. All in all this detour will cost you
three additional hours but will yield great views and some amazing local
organic food. Also if possible it is highly recommended to stay a night here.
The name of this village derives from a rock overhang in the central part of
the village which is almost a cave and well 'odar' is a Nepali word for
'cave'. This village is also home to a firebrand communist leader of Nepal,
Dev Gurung. While for most travelers, the Maoist rebellion that brought the
country to a standstill for a large part for the first decade of this century
was a major nuisance, it was simply a reflection of the socio-economic
disparities inherent in the feudal past of this small nation. How successful
was the rebellion in actually creating change is, however, debatable.