It is believed for centuries; there are more temples in Kathmandu than there are houses. Perhaps because Kathmandu was, once, a transit hub for diverse ancient cultures and beliefs. Over the years, famous ruling dynasties like, Kirats, Licchavis, Mallas, and Shahs decorated Kathmandu like a princess. Kathmandu is one of the example cities in the world for being a perfect religious harmony city. Here, Buddhism and Hinduism coexist in peace and respect.
|Day 1||Arrive in Kathmandu.|
|Day 2||A Spiritual Walk|
|Day 3||A brief history of Sipirtual Nepal|
|Day 4||Walk through Bungamati & Khokana|
|Day 5||Excursion to Shantiban & botanical garden|
|Day 6||Morning walk to Bishankhu Narayan|
|Day 7||Excursion around Lakuri Bhanjyang|
|Day 8||Culturally Rich Town, Panauti is Calling.|
|Day 9||Dada Gaun to Pada Gaun and walk to Karthali|
|Day 10||Walk from Balthali to Namobuddha|
|Day 11||Drive Dhulikhel. Walk to Nagarkot|
|Day 12||Walk from Nagarkot to Changunarayan|
Arrive in Kathmandu.
Transfer to Haatiban Resort (1852m)
A Spiritual Walk
Excursion to Champadevi Hill & Drive to Pharping Visit Sekh Narayan Temple, Vajra Yogini Temple, Padmasambhava Cave
A full morning excursion to Champadevi Hill (2278m) after breakfast. On a fine day the panoramic view of the Himalayas is quite amazing, from Manaslu all ways to Everest.
Festival: Champadevi Mela (Fair) Period: April 13 or 14.
Afternoon drive to Pharping (1680m), a small town the site of the Sheikh Narayan Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, the temple is at the base of an overhanging cliff. Above the village stand the 17th A Century Vajra Yogini Temple dedicated to the Tantric Goddess Vajra Yogini or Durga. Further higher is the Padmasambhava Cave where Padmasambhava attained realization. The Pharping Monastery comes under the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.
Over night Haatiban Resort
A brief history of Sipirtual Nepal
Morning walk to Bhanjyang, Seti Devi and Gopaleshwor Temple-Visit Dakshinkali Temple.
Dakshinkali Temple (1550m), a shrine dedicated to the terrifying goddess Kali. The image of the goddess is not very big, but Hindus believe it possesses great power. Consequently, every Saturday and Tuesday, thousands of people descend on the shrine to make offerings to the goddess. Though many people bring offerings of fruits, rice, and flowers, Dakshinkali are better known as a place of animal sacrifices, primarily of young male goats and chickens.
Walk through Bungamati & Khokana
Drive from Haatiban to Bansbari (1510m), then walk through Khokana(1360m), a typical Newari village famous for its mustard oil. Visit the 17th century Rudrayani Temple, a three storied pagoda style temple. Close to the temple lies the Due pond which has attracted media attention for its tradition of throwing a goat into it and 10 – 12 young men dive into the pond to slaughter the goat. Further along visit the world famous wood carving village of Bungamati (1405), a traditional village that dates to the 16th century. Bungamati is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath. He is regarded as the patron guardian of the valley. There is a shikhara-style temple in the middle of the village square. He spends six months a year in this temple and the other six months in the Rato Machhendranath Temple in Patan.
Excursion to Shantiban & botanical garden
After the excursion in a botanical garden, visit Bishankhu Narayan
Day excursion to Shantiban(1850), perched on a hill lies the 25 foot tall statue of Buddha. The complex also includes a meditation center, library and a child education center. Visit the Botanical Garden (1800m) that houses different species of plants and orchids. It is home to a variety of butterflies and birds. On the way back visit the Bishankhu Narayan Temple
Morning walk to Bishankhu Narayan
From Godavrai walk to Bishanku Narayan, from their the trail moves towards Lakuri Bhanjyang(2000m) through emerald rice field, passing by villages that still have not yet been touched by modernization. From Lamatar ascend up to Lakuri Bhanjyang. Lakhuri Bhanjyang lies perched atop the pristine hill of Pokhari Thumko Located at an altitude of 2000 m, this vantage point commands the panoramic views of the snowy mountain peaks.
Excursion around Lakuri Bhanjyang
Excursion around Lakuri Bhanjyang. Overlooking the wide spectrum of the Himalayan range and the broad expanse of the Kathmandu valley, The northern horizon is an ideal location to watch spectacular views of sunset and sunrise. After Dusk, a myriad of shimmering lights far below in the cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur glow to reveal yet another delightful feast for the eyes.
Culturally Rich Town, Panauti is Calling.
Walk from Lakuri Bhanjyang to Balthali Village Resort( through Baghbhairab, Ranikot, down to the Beber River, criss crossing different ethnic villages along the way. Pick up at Mane Doban and drive to Panauti(1500), a Newari town that portrays exemplary works of art and architecture. Along with many shrines the beauty of the town is enhanced by 15th century pagoda styled temple of Indreswor Mahadev and 17th century Brahmayani temples. Drive through Khopasi to Balthali.
Dada Gaun to Pada Gaun and walk to Karthali
Today you will visit a typical Tamang Village, Dada gaun (1700m) where these poeple have not yet been touched by modernization. Then walk to Pada Gaun(1750m) from where the view of the Himalayas stretches from Annapurna to Everest, including mountains like Ganesh, Dorje Lakpa and Jugal .On the other side you also have a beautiful views of the Mahabharat hills. Afterwards walk to Karthali, a hamlet of nature and then along the (Ladku) river banks back to the resort.
Walk from Balthali to Namobuddha
Pickup & drive to Dhulikhel
Walk from Balthali to Dhulikhel (1500m). This walk takes the trail through scattered villages and Namo Buddha(1840m) which is situated on a hill just above the Panouti valley. A Buddhist shrine with the angular eyes of the Enlightened one. The pious forestation is believed to be the exact location where late King Mahastawa (one of the past Buddha incarnations) sacrificed his own flesh for the sake of a dying tigress and her hungry cubs. The Stupa is highly worshipped by Nepalese Buddhists and Tibetan Buddhists. Pick up at Namo Buddha Bhanjyang and drive to Dhulikhel.
Drive Dhulikhel. Walk to Nagarkot
Drive from Dhulikhel till Nala and then start walking to Nagarkot, (2175m) a predominantly year round holiday resort. The resort stands best at sunrise and sunset.The panorama of the major peaks belonging to the eastern Himalayas including Mt. Sagarmatha (Everest) can be viewed along with Manaslu (8156m), Ganesh Himal (7111m), Langtang (7246m), Choba Bhamre (6016m), Gaurishankar (7134m) and Numbur (6957m). Pick up at the Army Barrack till the Hotel.
Walk from Nagarkot to Changunarayan
Drive to Bhaktapur then to Kathmandu
Walk from Nagarkot to Changunarayan (1540m). A UNESCO world heritage site. The Temple of Changunanayan is one of the oldest temples in Kathmandu dating back to the 3rd Century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple is regarded as the oldest specimen of Pagoda style temple in the Kathmandu Valley. Drive to Bhaktapur, then to Kathmandu.