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Kathmandu Dhulikhel Namobuddha Tour consists of some of the most popular and culturally and religiously important sites in Nepal. The fact that all of these sites are located within a short driving distance of capital Kathmandu means travelers can enjoy this tour comfortably and within a reasonable time.
The tour starts off with a full day sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, another world heritage site steeped in medieval culture and history. Also known as an open museum, it is home to some of the best preserved historical monuments including palaces, courtyards, temples, pagodas, monuments, craftwork, hand-crafted peacock windows, etc, reflecting mostly Hinduism.
Situated 6.6 km north of Bhaktapur lies Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest temple of Nepal, said to have been built in 323 AD by King Hari Datta Varma. It is double-roofed pagoda style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is perched atop a hill overlooking the rice-fields of Bhaktapur. The site was heavily damaged in the 2015 earthquake but has since been renovated and reopened for visitors again. From here, you can head straight to Dhulikhel or make a stop in Sanga to view the world’s largest Mahadev Statue. The statue attracts around 8000 to 10,000 visitors on weekends and public holidays, and even runs into lakhs on other important religious festivals.
Dhulikhel – Get Glimpses of Himalayas and Nature
Your real hike starts from Dhulikhel as you pass through beautiful forest, river, stream, beautiful scenery of different Himalayas, Kali temple, Shiva temple and old town of Panauti. The small town is rich in plethora of cultural diversities, and lush vegetation. Dhulikhel. The artistic skill and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have created a place of charm and beauty. Streets are lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping roofs, pagoda temples and sacred statues everywhere. And since Dhulikhel is located only a few kilometers away from Kathmandu, it is one of the most popular weekend destinations.
You can stay in any one of the lodges Nepal Tour Guide™ has managed for you and after catching a morning sunrise and views of peaks at Dhulikhel you will take a short drive to a sacred Buddhist spot that is the Namobuddha. Namobuddha is situated at an elevation of 1750m and one of the three most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites along with Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.
The Stupa and shrines built in this lovely little hill mark a very ancient holy site significantly enough where a legendary prince named Mahasattva offered himself to a starving Tigress. This legendary episode is depicted in a very nice stone slab next to the Stupa.
Hiking to Namobuddha is an easy one and ideal for those who strive to walk for at least a few hours. Whether you are traveling for a quick holiday or looking for a long holiday, Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha hiking is perfect for you. This tour is fully customized so you can decide which locations you want to go to and what you want to see out of our suggested itinerary.