Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur

Kathmandu city The political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal is the first stop for the majority of visitors to the country. Once a separate kingdom in itself, it contains three fabled cities – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Out of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven cultural heritage sites are in Kathmandu Valley. The history of the Valley begins with the Buddhist saint Manjushree who slashed a passage through the surrounding hills to drain out the primordial waters and make it inhabitable. Over the centuries, a refined urban civilization emerged, built on a unique synthesis of Hinduism and Buddhism. Dynasties came and went. Trade and the arts flourished. Its deeply religious Newar inhabitants built fabulous cities and artistic temples that attracted devout pilgrims as well as rampaging invaders. In the late 18th century, following the founding of modern Nepal within more or less the present boundaries, Kathmandu was made the capital. Kathmandu, the largest city in Nepal is situated at an altitude of 1,350m.

KATHMANDU CITY (population 1,096,865 – 2001 census) Durbar Square. This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanumandhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17h -century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. Even to date, all the major state and social ceremonies, including the solemnization of coronations are performed in one of the courtyards in this complex. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs. 250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Walkabout. A colorful and enlightening walk that gives you a feel of Kathmandu starts at Rani Pokhari, the large pond at Jamal beside the clock tower (Ghanta Ghar). The first stretch of the diagonal street leading southwest from here is called Kamalachhi. It is lined with bicycles and garment stores and brings you to the stone-paved market square of Ason, where the Annapurna temple presides over the motley of spice, grain and oil shops. Keep on walking and you come to Kel Tole after passing shops overflowing with brass utensils. Further on is the junction of Indrachowk with the temple of Akash Bhairav occupying one side. Your next stop after threading your way through the street lined with cloth shops is the stone-paved plaza of Makhan, where the Taleju temple towers over a row of handicraft shops. Walk on through Durbar Square to the intersection of Maru where you are surrounded by temples of all shapes and sizes.

Heritage Walk. A walk through selected historic sites seldom visited. This revitalizing walk starts at Teku, south of old Kathmandu, leading on to Wonder Narayan, a 17th century temple dedicated to Lord Bishnu. Strolling through Hyumat Tole, you will arrive at Kusah Bahi, a Buddhist courtyard built in 1754. The next stop is the Narayan Dewal, another Bishnu temple (built in 1865) with a small Ganesh temple at the entrance. Walk on to Tukan Baha, built in the 14th century as a replica of the Swayambhu stupa. Admire the Ram temple at the Ramchandra Dewal before reaching Jaisi Dewal, a huge Shiva temple built in 1688. Saunter down to Kohiti to study the Buddhist and Hindu sculptures in this sunken water fountain. Walk through Chikan Mugal and stop by at the Atko Narayan Dewal, an important Bishnu temple built in 1857, before visiting the namesake of the city, the Kasthamandap pavilion. After a further five-minute walk, reach the final destination, the Bhimsen Dewal, built in 1655 and dedicated to the main deity of local traders. 

Swayambhu Stupa watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is listed as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa is painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha and the temple is also known as the watchful eyes of Buddha. Entrance fee Rs. 100 to all foreigners except SAARC nationals Rs. 30.

Balaju consists of a sprawling garden of stone water spouts, fish ponds, and a replica of the statue of Budhanilkantha. Situated below Nagarjun hill about 3 km northwest of the city center, Balaju is known for its bank of 22 stone water spouts (hiti) carved in the shape of sea-dragons during the 18th century. Devotees take ritual baths under the gush of water in Balaju, also known as Lhuti. This is also an ideal place for picnic and relaxation. There are many beautiful folk songs focused on the Balaju Water Garden. Next to the garden is an Olympic sized swimming pool open to the public.

Budhanilkantha is situated below Shivapuri hill at the northern end of the Valley. It is about 9 km from the city center. The hub of the temple complex is a pond in which lies a 5 meter (17 feet) long great stone figure of Hindu god Bishnu reclining on the coils of a cosmic serpent. The figure has been estimated to have been found buried in the ground in its original state more than thousand years ago. It is also known as Bhuijasi. Hindus throng to this sacred pilgrimage almost everyday to perform puja but a great number of worshippers can be seen in various festivals, especially on Haribodhini Ekadashi that falls between October/November, the day believed that the sleeping Lord Bishnu wakes up.

Bouddhanath Stupa lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like the Swayambhunath, the stupa here is too has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhist throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals. Bouddhanath, a World Heritage Site is also known as Khasti. There are more than 45 Buddhist monasteries in the area. Many have schools that teach young monks like those pictured here. An information counter, run by the Bouddha Area Preservation & Development Committee (Ph: 4471368) offers assistance to visitors.

Changu Narayan Temple is situated on a ridge overlooking the Valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Bishnu – the Preserver. One of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture, the temple is embellished with exquisite wood and stone carvings and is said to be the oldest pagoda style temple in Nepal built sometime back in 323 A.D. The sacred complex is a World Heritage Site and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding at 125 meters.

Pashupatinath Temple. One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 5 km east from the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva as well as the noteworthy gold plated roofs and silver coated doors. This is the abode of God Shiva and is the holiest of all the Shiva shrines. Religious pilgrims and sadhus, like the one pictured here, travel all the way from the remote areas of India to visit this sacred sight, especially during Shivaratri (the night of Shiva) that falls between February/March. Even though these devotees have denounced worldly possessions, each carries a Sadhu ID (identifications card) to freely cross over the border between India and Nepal. Chronicles indicate Pashupatinath’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati river flowing beside the temple, also a World Heritage Site. The crematorium is just outside the temple and it is a dream of almost every Hindu to be cremated by the side of Pashupati Aryaghat after their death.

Kirtipur, (population 40, 378 – 2001 Census) a small town is situated on a ridge 6 km southwest of Kathmandu. The ancient township established in 1099 is a natural fortress and has a proud and courageous history. It was the first place to be attacked by Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1768. The Chilamchu stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav are major sights here. Kirtipur offers quaint streets lined with artistic houses and temple squares and great views of Kathmandu Valley. The people are known for their skill in building and weaving and other ancient loom. The oldest educational institute, Tribhuvan University is located in the bottom of the hill.

Dakshinkali and Chobhar. The temple of Dakshinkali is dedicated to one of the most important Hindu Goddess Kali and is one of the most popular places of worship in Kathmandu. Located 22 km from the city center on the southern rim of the Valley past Pharping village, the shrine is especially crowded on Tuesdays and Saturdays when animal sacrifices are offered to the deity. On the way back, stop at Chobhar, the famous gorge, just 8 km south west of Kathmandu. The narrow gash in the hills was made by Lord Manjushree to drain out the lake which once covered the Valley. A majestic view of snow clad mountain can be viewed from the hilltop close by.


PATAN CITY (population 162,991 – 2001 estimate)

Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. There is an entrance fee of Rs. 200 per foreign visitor. One remarkable monument here is a 17th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Krishna – Krishna Mandir built entirely of stone with rare stone carvings on its walls depicting the epic wars from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Iba Bahi is situated about a two-minute walk south of Durbar Square. It is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Kathmandu Valley and reflects the sophisticated architecture of the Malla period. A two-step platform leads to the courtyard with a hall called Dalan. There is a shrine dedicated to Shakyamuni right across the entrance.

Kwa Bahal, also known as the Golden Temple, is a Buddhist monastery courtyard dating to the 12th century. It is a five-minute walk west and north from the northern end of Durbar Square. The monastery building is embellished with exceptionally fine wood-carvings and repousse work. Artistic images are scattered around the courtyard, and devotees can be seen offering worship at the many shrines here. Entrance fee Rs. 25.

Mahabouddha can be reached by walking east from the southern end of Durbar Square and then turning right at the sunken water taps. This Buddhist monument is an excellent example of terra cotta art form which points to the skill of Patan’s ancient craftsmen with a variety of building styles. The 14th century monument’s obelisk-like design is also unusual in a city of pagoda roofs..

Oku Bahal is situated a few steps past Mahabouddha and is one of the best known Buddhist places of worship in Patan. The stone-paved courtyard is enclosed by a two-story building with gilded roofs. The wood-carvings on the roof struts are especially attractive. The place is peppered with sacred images and other small shrines.

Walkabout. Besides these much frequented tourist attractions, there are other ancient parts of Patan worth sight-seeing. Nakabahi, Nyakha Chuka, Nagbaha, Swotha Square, Tumbaha, Walkhu Tole, Chyasa, Kapinche, Chapat, Subaha, Bhinchhebaha, Dupat and Nugah make up a nice half-day walk around the squares, temples and monuments of inner Patan. The Central Zoo in Jawalakhel is a pleasant diversion after a tour of the cultural sights. The only zoo in Nepal, wasfirst established in 1932 by a Rana Prime Minister as a private zoo and later opened to public in 1956. It houses about 106 species of birds and over 665 different animals and has 14 of the 38 endangered animals of Nepal. There is also a pond where you can go boating. The zoo is open daily except Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance for foreign visitors costs Rs. 60 (Rs. 25 for children under 10). Elephant ride costs Rs. 100 (Tel: 5528324).

Tibetan Refugee Camp was set up in 1960 under the initiative of International Red Cross and the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC), known as Swiss Association for Technical Assistance (SATA) then, in cooperation with His Majesty’s Government of Nepal. Its main objective is to enable the Tibetan refugees to do something productive and support themselves. The carpet industry of Nepal is almost run by the Tibetan refugee families and the carpet factories have been a great source of employment for them to become self reliant economically. Apart from the carpet industry, Tibetan refugees are also engaged into handicrafts and there are many handicraft centers providing work opportunities to the families of the refugees with its profits going for the education, sanitation, healthcare of the Tibetans in the Refugee Camps including the physically handicapped and senior Tibetans.

Bungamati is a classic Newari village dating from the 16th century. It sits atop a spur above the Bagmati river. In the centre of the lively village square is the large Rato Machhendranath Temple, a shikhara-style temple rather than a pagoda. Bungamati is a pleasant traditional Newari village that dates to the 16th century. It overlooks the Bagmati River. The streets are too thin for vehicle traffic. Not many visitors come here. Khokana is another Newari village, a short walk across the paddy fields from Bungamati Nepal is littered with little towns and villages which are seldom visited by tourists. Some may feel that a particular town or village has little or nothing to offer, but what some find boring – others find fascinating. Those that visit Nepal for the sheer experience of learning more about the lives and cultures of the local peoples will usually enjoy visiting even the simplest little farming village and getting to know the local inhabitants better. —————————————————————————— BHAKTAPUR & CHANGU NARAYAN BHAKTAPUR (population 74,200 – 2002 estimation) Durbar Square. As you walk in, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here. The Palace of 55 Windows built during the period of King Bhupatindra Malla in 1754 situated to the left as you enter through the city gate, inspires admiration. The National Art Gallery is also housed inside. The palace entrance, the Golden Gate known as Sunko Dhoka in Nepali is a masterpiece in repousse art. In front of the palace building is a medley of temples of various designs. Amongst the three Durbar Squares in the Valley, the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur is the best preserved one. There is an entrance fee of Rs. 30 for SAARC nationals and Rs. 500 for other foreign visitors. Taumadhi Square lies to the east of Durbar Square reached by a narrow brick-paved lane. The towering five-roofed Nyatapol temple presides over the square. The monument gracefully soars into the sky atop a five-story plinth. The stairway leading up to the temple is flanked by stone figures of deities and mythical beasts, each 10 times more powerful than the one immediately below. Dattatreya Square takes its name from the Dattatreya temple dedicated to a three-headed combination of the Hindu deities Brahma, Bishnu and Shiva. If you want to experience the feel of the traditional urban layout of Bhaktapur, Dattatreya Square is it. Set in a maze of streets lined with richly ornamented houses, the square is famed for its many ornate Hindu monasteries known as Math. The National Woodworking Museum is also housed here and the Brass and Bronze Museum is across the street. The oldest structure in Bhaktapur was raised during the reign of the last Malla King, Yaksha Malla who ruled the Valley before it was divided into three Kingdoms amongst his three heirs. Potter’s Square. A two-minute walk south of Durbar Square brings you to Bolachhen, also known as Potter’s Square because of the many potters seen here moulding wet clay into different kinds of earthen ware. It has a display of fresh pottery left out to dry in the open square. This place can be approached from Taumadhi Square. The elephant-headed Lord Ganesh is the patron of potters, thus the Jeth Ganesh temple in the square. Siddha Pukhu, a pond dating back to the Lichhavi period, is better known as Ta-Pukhu, meaning big pond. Though situated right at the bus stop, it provides a serene atmosphere with its sashaying fish and the stone images of different Hindu and Buddhist Gods. Surya Binayak is one of Kathmandu’s most popular pilgrimage spots, 12 kilometers east of the center. It has been positioned in such a way to catch the first rays of the sun in the morning. Situated in a thick forest to the south of Bhaktapur, it is a 20-minute walk from the trolley bus terminal. The temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity Ganesh (the Elephant headed God) is crowded with devotees especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is also one of the favorite picnic spots offering elegant views of Bhaktapur and other attractive landscapes. Thimi (population 48,000) is a farming town situated 8 km east of Kathmandu on the way to Bhaktapur. Exquisite temples and other religious shrines dot its streets. It is known for its artistic masks and earthen pots, often seen spread out on the streets to dry in the sun. It can be called a traditional pottery locality with almost 80% of the population still involved in pottery. Handspun cotton cloth is another Thimi specialty. Changunarayan Temple The temple of Changunarayan situated in Changu Village in Bhaktapur at about five kilometres north of Bhaktapur on a hill top. It is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture and is dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. The temple is embellished by stone, wood, and metal crafts. The temple has great historical, archeological, and religious importance. It was constructed in 306 AD by King Mandev. A fifth century stone inscription in the temple proclaims it to be one of the oldest shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. Map of Kathmandu Valley:

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Jungle Lodges Chitwan

Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge – Chitwan

star rating : Top rated Jungle Lodge
rooms : 25
address : P.O Box 242, Gongabu, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 4361500
facsimile : +977 1 4361600
Website : http://www.tigermountain.com/

 Lodge description 
Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge (TTJL), in common with the entire Tiger Mountain Group, practices environmentally responsible and sustainable conservation tourism. Our lodges and camps are used as models throughout Asia . Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge’s famous tree houses and bungalows are built with sustainable natural materials. The lodge has twenty guest rooms with double, single and triple bed options available. Each room has solar powered reading lamps, ceiling fans, attached modern bathrooms equipped with solar-heated showers. The Lodge’s photovoltaic solar power plant is the largest in Nepal .    

Apart from being a tourism organization, Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge is also the initiator of “Responsible” or “Sustainable Tourism” in Nepal long before Ecotourism became a buzzword. Tiger Tops, in association with the UK charity International Trust for Nature Conservation (ITNC), conducts a range of research programmes and data collection, making this available to national authorities, individual researchers and other charities. The lodge has been recognized internationally as a leader in anti-poaching, wildlife crime and conservation activities.
Tiger Tops, although located in the remote jungle, employs many local staff and is honoured to have been part of the community for over 40 years. The Lodge organizes and supports a range of community programmes, education, rural health, family planning and other activities to enhance rural livelihoods and sustainability of the community.
Nothing can quite capture the mystical experience of travelling through the primeval grasslands of Chitwan atop an elephant that is rumbling its suspicions that a tiger is on the prowl in the first light of day. Come and experience this magic with Nepal ’s leading conservation organisation supported through tourism.

Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge – Chitwan

star rating : 3* rated
rooms : 28
address : P.O Box 2451, Kamaladi,
Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 4244651, 4263480
facsimile : +977 1 4228 349,
email : temtig@mos.com.np
website : http://www.templetigerjourneys.com/

Lodge description:
Accommodation in Temple Tiger Jungle Lodge on twin sharing basis. All meals on table d’hote basis. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are served round the clock . Jungle Activities such as elephant safaris, boat ride on Narayani river, escorted jungle treks, bird watching , nature walks, slide presentation in the evening, lectures on flora and fauna by senior naturalists and Laundry. Services of trained naturalists

A feature of the lodge is the circular dining room and bar called the Gol Ghar with its huge domed roof and central open hearth; a special place to relax with friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

The fully stocked bar offers a range of international and homespun cocktails such as the renowned Temple Tiger Special. A selection of wines is also available.
The bar remains open until the last guest retires.

The lodge has a reputed kitchen that serves a range of western and Nepali cuisine utilizing fresh organic food supplies. All meals, tea, coffee, snacks, and light drinks are included in the rate.
Special menus are available for children and those with special dietary needs.

Standard facilities : Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, Laundry Service


Gaida Wildlife Camp – Chitwan

star rating : 3 star Jungle lodges
rooms : 32
address : GPO Box No: 2056 Chhusya Galli, Kathmandu
telephone: 977-1-4215409/4215431
facsimile : 977-1-4250078
Website : http://www.gaidawildlife.com/


Lodge description
Gaida Wildlife Camp is one of 7 camps in Chitwan National Park. It offers opportunities to experience an extraordinary variety of wildlife. This includes the rare one horned Asian rhino.
There are 32 twin-sharing bungalows built in a semi circle around a central dining restaurant. Each has a sweeping view of the river & the grasslands. All rooms have standard but comfortable furnishings and a spacious balcony. They have attached toilet and solar heated water shower. An outdoor garden and a well stocked bar provide a comfortable atmosphere to relax. The surrounding jungle can be enjoyed from here, even the white Himalayas on clear days.
Gaida Wildlife Camp does not have electricity in rooms. This maintains the jungle atmosphere and balance with wildlife. Candles and kerosene lanterns are placed at doors at nightfall. A generator is switched on every evening to allow cameras to be charged.    

Gaida means rhinoceros the Asian one-horned rhino. The lodge is located just across the river from the Rhino Zone inside Chitwan National Park. Efforts to save this magnificent creature have resulted in a growing population. Figures now put the Chitwan rhino population of Nepal at around 450.Rhinos graze in the high elephant grass around the marshy areas of Chitwan. They can be amazingly well hidden. The Bengal Tiger population of Chitwan is on the rise. Latest estimates put the population at around 105. These tigers are free to roam and are not tagged. Two varieties of rare crocodile make their home in Chitwan. The Marsh Mugger is a flesh eater that grows up to 12ft (4m). The Gharial (meaning ‘bulb’) is a giant that can grow up to 18ft (6m). They are expert fishers and have a long slender snout with fine teeth that ends in a bulb shape.


Chitwan Jungle Lodge – Chitwan

star rating : 3 star category lodges
rooms : 32
address : P.O. Box 1281, Durbar Marg,
Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 4222 679
facsimile : +977 1 4228 349
Website : http://www.chitwanjunglelodge.com/

 Lodge description:

The Chitwan Jungle Lodge is set in the Royal Chitwan National Park, on the banks of the river Rapti. The bungalows are neat and clean, designed with natural material, blending in with the surrounding jungle environment. Activities available include jungle trekking, elephant safaries, bird watching and canoeing. Here there is a chance of seeing rhinos and bears or maybe a rare glimpse of a tiger.    

hotel facilities : Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, Laundry Service


Island Jungle Resort – Chitwan – Nepal

star rating :
rooms : 30
address : P.O. Box 2154, Durbar Marg,
Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 4220 162
facsimile : +977 1 4225 615
Website : http://www.islandjungleresort.com.np/


Lodge Description:
The Island Jungle Resort, Chitwan is on an island surrounded by the Narayani River, in the north-western part of the Royal Chitwan National Park. The lodges are simple styled jungle huts with hot and cold running showers. Lighting is done by kerosene lanterms, Electric light in the dinning room is supplied from a generator. Ideal for those wishing to explore the hidden secrets of the jungle.    

hotel facilities : Restaurant , Coffee Shop , Laundry Service , Safety Deposit Boxes, Car Park

Drive time from Kathmandu to the Island Jungle Resort is approximately 5 hours or 1 hour via rough track from Bharatpur Domestic Airport.

Machan Wildlife Resort – Chitwan – Nepal

star rating : 3 Star
rooms : 36
address : P.O. Box 3140, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 4225 001
facsimile : +977 1 4240 681
Website www.nepalinformation.com/machan

Lodge Description:

The Machan Wildlife Resort, Chitwan is on the eastern edge of the Royal Chitwan National Park. The simple style en suite jungle huts are built using wood and other natural materials. Lighting is by kerosene lanterns, pathway and the main buliding are lit by electric light powered from a generator. Try going on a elephant safari and you might see a rhino.    

hotel facilities : Restaurant, Business Services, Laundry Service, Safety Deposit Boxes,
Conference Facilities
Leisure facilities : Trekking , Swimming Pool , Canoeing
Drive time from Kathmandu to the Machan Wildlife Resort is approximately 5 hours or 1 hour via rough track from Bharatpur Domestic Airport


Rhino Residency Resort – Chitwan – Nepal

star rating : 3 *
rooms : 24
address : P.O. Box 13787 Maharajgung,
Chandol, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 420 431
facsimile : +977 1 422 119
Website : http://www.rhino-residency.com/   

The Rhino Residency Resort, Chitwan is situated in a peaceful and tranquil area by the banks of the River Rapti. It is just south of Sauraha and a few minutes walk from the Royal Chitwan National Park. The restaurant offer views of the park and the opportunity to see some local wildlife. Rooms are comfortable and well furnished. For adventure lovers, take a safari into the deep dense jungle.

Standard facilities: Air-Conditioning , Telephone , Internet Connection , Hairdryer
Room Service , Balcony
hotel facilities : Restaurant , Gift Shop , Safety Deposit Boxes , Car Park , Conference Facilities
Leisure facilities: Tennis Court , Trekking , Swimming Pool , Canoeing


Safari Adventure Lodge – Chitwan

star rating : Jungle Lodge
rooms : 24
address : P.O. Box 4142, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 4243 272 Chitwan Tel ;056-580001
facsimile : +977 1 4226 430
Website http://www.safariadventurelodge.com/

The Safari Adventure Lodge, Chitwan is located in the peaceful Royal Chitwan National Park. Jungle lodges have been made from local materials are sparse, spacious with attached baths. The main building is modern providing modern facilities and services. Take a trip exploring Chitwan National Park or simply relax by the pool.

hotel facilities : Restaurants , Wireless Internet , Car Park
leisure facilities : Trekking , Swimming Pool , Canoeing    

Drive time from Kathmandu to the Safari Adventure Lodge is approximately 5 hours or 1 hour via rough track from Bharatpur Domestic Airport.

Hotel Jungle Lodge Pvt. Ltd. – Chitwan    

star rating : 2 *
rooms : 16
address : Sauraha, Chitwan , Nepal. Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
telephone : 977-56-580006 (Ktm) 4701-861
facsimile : 977-1-4701850/4701-862
Website : http://www.junglelodgechitwan.com/

The Safari Adventure Lodge, Chitwan is located in the peaceful Royal Chitwan National Park. Jungle lodges have been made from local materials are sparse, spacious with attached baths. The main building is modern providing modern facilities and services. Take a trip exploring Chitwan National Park or simply relax by the pool.

Facilities :
Comfortable accommodation in the traditional wooden cottages with attached modern bathroom having solar heated hot and cold shower, Hotel Jungle lodge has a proven track record of being the best in wildlife resort.A well spacious and unique Dining Hall serves Nepalese and international cousin. ” The Jungle Camp Bar” offers you the cocktail and long drinks of your choice. Located at the Rhino Zone area of the Chitwan National Park HJL is the best point for wild-life sightings.
All rooms are clean and comfortably furnished, with telephone including other additional needs for our guests and if needed then we can provide you of other services which are not included in our room service. All the prices for the room includes in safari packages.

Major activities focused to the quality wildlife experience in and around Royal Chitwan National Park and Hotel Jungle includes: Jeep drive into deep jungle, Sunset view, Elephant – back safari, Visit to Elephant Breeding Centre, Jungle Walk, Hand Carved Nepali Dugout canoe ride, Bird Watching Village Walk, Tharu Cultural Programme.
Programme designed by the lodge helps the guests to enjoy the stay and an excellent opportunity to view rare animal species like sloath bear, bison, leopard, elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, onehorned rhinocerous and many of the more then 450 species of birds.
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Chitwan National Park

Asia’s most well-preserved conservation area is the Chitwan National Park, where wildlife thrives and habitats remain intact. Only a half-hour flight away from Kathmandu, the park lies in the ‘Tarai’ region (plains) and is home to a range of wildlife including endangered species like the Greater One-horned rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger.

Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park has a particularly rich flora and fauna boasting more than 450 species of birds. Resorts within the park facilitate safaris on elephant back, boat ride or jeep drives.
Jaunty rides on elephant back, crossing rivers on dug-out canoes and catching unsuspecting wildlife in their natural habitat; these are thrills one is not likely to forget even years after the mystical holiday in Nepal. Chitwan owes its fame to Chitwan National Park, the most well-preserved conservation area in all of Asia. The park is home to a large variety of wildlife including the endangered Greater One-horned rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. Chitwan, only a 30 minute flight away in southern Nepal, has a sub-tropical climate. Resorts both inside and outside the national park cater to the needs of tourists who come down for safari adventure in the jungles. Chitwan is easy to reach both by road and by air. The nearest airports are in Meghauli and Bharatpur and flights leave for these airports on a regular basis.

Chitwan National Park is the favorite destination of tourists looking for an enduring safari experience. Once this large tract of land was declared a national park, illegal settlements were halted and deforestation brought under control within its boundaries. At the same time poaching was controlled to some extent. The natural habitat of wildlife was preserved and they flourished. Major Projects were initiated to save the tiger and rhinoceros with the help of friendly nations and foreign institutions. As a result rhinos are quite commonly seen in Chitwan and occasionally the Bengal tiger can be spied well camouflaged among the tall grass. The Rapti River has been dammed to create a man-made lake called Lamital where waterfowl and many other exotic birds are found in abundance. Elephant grass that are five to six feet tall, provide excellent cover for animals.

There are resorts and lodges of varying standards that cater to the needs of tourists both inside and outside the national park. Most include elephant safaris, jungle walks, canoeing and a variety of cultural activities in their programs. Reservations can be made at the Kathmandu offices of the various resorts and lodges. Accommodations range from the luxurious to some that offer simple food and shelter. The rich culture of the indigenous Tharu people of Chitwan can be observed first hand during village walks. Tharu cultural dance are performances to the delight of tourists who sometimes join in. There’s never a dull moment in Chitwan with a choice of activities to fill your day, whether you stay two days or a week.

Wildlife and Breeding centers.
Besides the rhinos and tigers there are sloth bears, wild boar, gaur (bison), 4 species of deer, 2 species of monkeys, 2 species of crocodiles, leopard, wild cats; a large variety of reptiles and over 500 species of birds. Apart from jungle safari, there are many places of interest within the park such as the Elephant Breeding Centre and Crocodile Farm where these animals have been successfully breeding in captivity. 

Things to do in Chitwan

Jungle Safari:
Jungle safari on elephant back is the highlight of a trip to Chitwan. The elephant takes visitors into the heart of the jungle clearing paths where there are none, wading through the river allowing an unmatched view of the jungle. It is a good photo opportunity as well with a view from the top. Jungle walks, jeep drives and canoe rides are the other means of seeking out the abundant bird-life and wide variety of flora and fauna in the Park. With a bit of luck, you may see the elusive Royal Bengal tiger too.

The Chitwan National Park is made up of dry deciduous forest, tropical evergreen forest and riverine grasslands. The highest number of bird species (over 539) has been recorded here than in any other part of Nepal. The naturalist accompanying you will point out birds on trees that you would never have spotted on your own.


Getting there
By air: Daily flights from Kathmandu to Bharatpur 25 min flight. Chitwan is also can be accessed by Meghauli specially for those confirmed to stay at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge. The rest of the journey is by road which is 160 km/4 hrs drive from Kathmandu. 

A pleasant four- hour drive is a good means of seeing more of the country and reaching Chitwan at the end of the journey. The road goes over the Mahabharat Range (2,500 m) and follows the Trishuli River most of the way. An exciting means of reaching Chitwan is by rafting down the Trishuli.

Map of Chitwan National Park

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Hotels in Lumbini

Hotel Nirvana – Lumbini

Star rating **** 4 star
Rooms 40
Address P.O. Box 24 Paklihawa Road, Siddhartha Nagar
Lumbini, Nepal
Telephone (977)-71-520837
Facsimile (977)-71-521262
Email nirva@ccsl.com.np
Website http://www.nirvana.com.np/

 Hotel Description
Amidst the magnificent remnants of the past wonders of Lumbini, stands Hotel Nirvana. A contemporary hotel with all the modern state of the art facilites, but abounding in traditional hospitality- a beautiful interlacing of the old and new. A perfect place where people can come and spend time, discovering the magnificence of Lord Buddha’s birth place, the ancient heritage, while resorting in a modern comfortable hotel. The Hotel has been specially designed to avail the guest of holiday cum pilgrimage vacation. The hotel is centrally air-conditioned, as Lumbini falls in the hot plains of terai.. 

There are 40 spacious double rooms including 2 suites. Every room is wall to wall carpeted and has complete facilities of TV, Mini Bar, a restaurant and a Lobby bar, Laundry, Room Service and Hot and Cold water with following special features; Individual temperature control
Mini Fridge, Satellite Television, Attached Bathroom, 24 hour room service, Hot and Cold Water
Doctor on call, International direct dial facility

Suppiya is a restaurant cum dining hall, arranged in a perfectly relaxing ambience manner. It serves all kinds of Chinese, Nepalese, Continental and Indian cuisine.
Soma, a lobby bar offers exotic cocktails and international drinks.
Ananda is a modern conference hall having complete range of conference facilities. It has a seating capacity of nearly 200 people. All kinds of seminars, parties, conference can be arranged according to the requirement.

———————————————————————  Hotel Lumbini Garden New Crystal

  Star rating **** 4 star
Rooms 72
Address Hotel Lumbini Garden
Buddhanagar, Mahilawar,
Lumbini, Nepal.
Telephone 977-71-580145/622155
Facsimile 977-71-580045
Email sales@newcrystalhotels.com
Website http://www.newcrystalhotels.com/ 

Hotel Description
Hotel Lumbini Garden New Crystal offers an unmatched accommodation with several facilities and services to make your holiday at Lumbini a truly memorable experience. Capturing the serene atmosphere of the region, the hotel reflects nepali culture with a fusion of the western world.  Your stay at our hotel will be an amazing experience to accompany your tour around the world renowned Lumbini Sacred Garden. We, at the hotel, proffer 72 centrally air-conditioned rooms with hot/cold running water. The restaurant serves Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes- a variety you can choose from. A separate Bar can occupy 80 covers and serves local and imported beverages.

A Conference Hall for meetings and seminars can accommodate up to 350 persons, and the Business Centre is available for computer and internet access. Other facilities include laundry, money exchange, safe deposit and sight seeing services.

Above all, the hotel is at a convenient location: we are just opposite the entrance of Lumbini Sacred Garden where Lord Buddha was born in 623BC. The Gautam Buddha airport is only 18 km away and Sunauli (Nepal/India border) is 28km from the hotel.  All 72 rooms are surrounded by green garden. 48 Twin bed room 8 Double bedrooms, 12 Japanese rooms and 2 suites are centrally air-conditioned with Hot/Cold water.
Rooms are furnished with modern ammenities and IDD telephone facilities

Room Facilities
Multi cuisine Restaurant serves Nepalese, Indian, Chinese and Continental meals.
Bar : A separate Bar can occupy 80 covers and serves Local and imported beverages.
Conference and Business facilities
Conference Hall (under expansion) for meetings and seminars can accommodate upto 350 and a separate Business center where internet, email, fax and computer facilities are available.
Other Facilities : Laundry, Money exchange, safe deposit and sightseeing services are available. Outdoor swimming pool, Meditation Centre, Health Club, Sauna, Jacuzzi will be a new attraction in the near future.

Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel – Lumbini

star rating : 4 star
rooms : 20
address : South of Lumbini Garden, Lumbini, Nepal
Telephone : +977 71 580 220
facsimile : +977 71 580 219
Website : http://www.ktmgh.com/ or http://www.kghhotels.com/  

The Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel, Lumbini is set in 4 acres of grounds. A 10 minutes walk away from the Mayadevi temple, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. Enjoy the sacred garden and sunsets from the hotel’s balcony restaurant. A comfortable and good value hotel with modern amenities.

Standard facilities: Air-Conditioning, Telephone, Television, Shared Bathroom
hotel facilities : Air-Conditioned Rooms, Restaurants, Business Services, Library
Car Park, Conference Facilities, leisure facilities, Bicycle Hire

Drive time from Kathmandu International Airport to the Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel is approximately 40 minutes and 35 minutes from Bhairawa Airport.

Pawan International

Sar rating : 3star category
rooms : 24
address : Main Road, Siddhartha Nagar,
Lumbini, Nepal
telephone : +977 71 523 680
facsimile : +977 71 523 780 


The Pawan International Hotel, Lumbini is located on a main road. A 5 minute walk away from Siddhartha Nagar Station. The historic city centre of Lumbini is about 15 minutes drive away. This classic style hotel offers spacious rooms with standard facilities and service. The friendly staff will ensure you a warm welcome.

Standard facilities: Air-Conditioning, Telephone, Room Service, Television

hotel facilities : Restaurant, Gift Shop, Laundry Service, Safety Deposit Boxes
Car Park, Conference Facilities,
Drive time from Kathmandu International Airport to the Pawan International Hotel is approximately 55 minutes and 35 minutes from Bhairawa Airport.

Lumbini Hokke Hotel

Star rating *** 3 star
Rooms 27
Address P.O. Box 10 Lumbini Sacred Garden, Rupandehi
Lumbini, Nepal
Telephone (977)-71-580236
Facsimile (977)-71-580126
Email subhokke_btw@wlink.com.np
Website : http://www.hokke.co.jp/ 

Hotel Description
The Lumbini Hokke Hotel is located in the premises of Lumbini Master Plan in Lumbini, Rupandehi, Nepal, where the Shakyamuni Budha was born. Lumbini Hokke Hotel began its operation on 10th January 1991 under Japanese management in order to provide best comfort and services to all tourist from all over the world.

Facilities & Services :
• Total 27 rooms all air conditioned.
• Lotus Restaurant serving genuine & delicious Japanese & Nepalese cuisine.
• Safety Deposit boxes.
• Foreign Currency & Major credit cards exchange facilities.
• Mailing Services.
• Japanese community bath separately for ladies and gents.
• Multi-cuisine centrally air-conditioned restaurant ‘Lotus’ & Bar.
• Travel assistance.
• Car hire service.

Accommodation : Total 27 rooms all air condition with attached baths & TV. 07 western style rooms fascinatingly furnished to the best comfort. 20 Japanese style rooms comfortably furnished in the most unique traditional Japanese Style.

Hokke Hotel in Lumbini features a very wide range of services that would surely facilitate the guests to have a wonderful stay. The hotel amenities at the Hokke Hotel in Lumbini offers business services like meeting facilities, conference facilities, business center.

The hotel also provides various miscellaneous services like beauty salon, ticketing office, a doctor on call, banquet facilities, car rental. The hotel also features other facilities like laundry and valet services, room services, pick up services, boutiques among others.

Hotel Yeti – Bhairahawa

Star rating : *** 3 star
Rooms : 27
New Road and Parasi Road

Rupandehi Lumbini, Nepal
Telephone : (977)-071 – 520551
Facsimile : (977)-71-520893
Email : hotelyeti@ntc.net.np
Website : NA  

Hotel Description
One of the nicest hotels in the heart of Bhairahawa Bazaar and only 4 kilometers from after crossing the Sunauli India-Nepal border and just 22 Km away from Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddh. Hotel Yeti is one of the oldest hotels but is a well-managed/well maintained place that has comfortable 27 Rooms (18 rooms with A/C and 9 Non A/C). It has a very good restaurant that serves Indian, Chinese and some continental. Domestic Airlines offices are also located in this hotel premises.  

Facilities & Services :
Total 27 rooms (18 air conditioned and 9 Non A/C)
Restaurant serving genuine Inidan, Chinese, and continental.
Safety Deposit boxes.
Foreign Currency & Major credit cards exchange facilities.
Mailing Services.
Multi-cuisine centrally air-conditioned restaurant ‘Lotus’ & Bar.
Travel assistance.
Car hire service.

Accommodation : Total 27 rooms air conditioned with attached baths & TV.

Hotel Yeti in Bhairahawa features a very wide range of services that would surely facilitate the guests to have a wonderful stay. The hotel amenities at the hotel offers business services like meeting facilities, conference facilities, business center.

The hotel also provides various miscellaneous services like beauty salon, ticketing office, a doctor on call, banquet facilities, car rental. The hotel also features other facilities like laundry and valet services, room services, pick up services, boutiques among others.

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Manakamana Cable Car

The Legend behind Manakamana has it that Gorkha King Ram Shah’s (1614-1636 A.D) Queen possessed divine powers- a fact known only to Lakhan Thapa, her devotee. One day, when the King discovered that his Queen was a Goddess, he suddenly died. As per the custom, the Queen had to commit sati on his cremation pyre. Consoling the lamenting Lakhan, she promised to reappear near his home Manakamana temple
Six months later, a farmer hit a stone while ploughing his field and noticed blood and milk flowing from it.

The flow ceased when Lakhan worshipped the stone with tantric rituals. The site became the foundation of the present-day shrine-the current pujari Priest being the 17th generation descendant of Lakhan Thapa.
Renovated many times over the centuries, the Manakamana Temple has a four-tiered pagoda style roof with the entrance facing southwest. The priest performs daily prayers and rituals behind closed doors before allowing the public to enter. Manakamana Devi is widely believed bless her devotees by fulfilling their wishes.

Wish Fulfilling Goddess
Since the 17th century Manakamana Devi has been widely venerated all over the Nepal because of the belief that she fulfills all wishes. The Shrine is accessible in about 10 minutes with cable car.

Imported and installed by the world renowned Dopplemayr of Austria, the Manakamana Cable Car system is 100% safe with supporting feature like automatic backup generator, hydraulic emergency drive and a team of qualified and well-trained staff and technicians.

Ever since its inauguration by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev on November 24 1998, Manakamana Cable Car has immensely contributed to the religious and touristy significance of the area. Besides drastically reduced the previously arduous five-hour climb to a mere 10 minute comfort trip, it has revolutionized the tourism of international standards.

Manakamana Cable Car has been able to garner overwhelming support from its customer within a short period of operation. This is attributable to proven records of safety, comfort, cleanliness and customer service, combined with the cultural importance of the Manakamana region and superb natural surroundings.

The grand main gate welcomes all to the Bottom Station (258M) which is located on the bank of the Trisuli river and is 2.5 hour drive away from Kathmandu (2 hours from Pokhara and 1 hour from Narayanghat).
The Top Station (1302m) is at close by the Manakamana Temple, which lies south of the historic town of Gorkha and is located on the top of a ridge overlooking the spectacular river valleys of Trishuli and Marshyangdi.

Other Facilities:
International class restaurant serving local,
Indian and continental cuisine
Communication facilities
Kiddies games
Souvenir shops
Parking space

Nature’s Prize:
Journey to Manakamana can be exhilarating both spiritually and visually. Spectacular views from the temple area include deep valleys, terraced fields as well as the Mt. Manaslu-Himlchuli and the Annapurna ranges.

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Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha and a World Heritage Site. This pilgrimage site in southwest Nepal attracts devout Buddhists around the world, who arrive to pay homage at the Sacred Garden where the ‘Enlightened One’ was born. A famous landmark is the Ashoka Pillar raised by the great Emperor who converted to Buddhism. Today Lumbini has been enlivened by the multitude of architecturally beautiful temples, stupas and monasteries built by various international Buddhist communities.
Birth place of Lord Buddha
Lumbini is hallowed ground as Shakyamuni Buddha was born here in southern Nepal more than twenty-five hundred years ago. As a sacred birthplace, it is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the globe. Many excavations have taken place here around this small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Ruins of the old city are clearly visible and many artifacts were unearthed during the excavation. Shakyamuni Buddha was born a prince to the ruler of the little principality. Important landmarks are the Maya Devi temple and the Ashoka pillar. The remains of many ancient stupas and monasteries can be found in the surroundings of Lumbini The Ashoka pillar is said to have been erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC and bears an inscription confirming this as the birth place of the Buddha. A stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch is seen in the Maya Devi temple. The belief that touching it will render a woman fertile has led to erosion as thousands of hands have stroked it.South of the temple is the sacred pool where Maya Devi is said to have given her son his first purification bath. Shaded by the leafy Bo tree (the type of tree under which Buddha received enlightenment), it is a quiet garden and a newly planted forest nearby brings an atmosphere of tranquility to it. A Master Plan of the Lumbini Development Trust was drawn up decades ago and development is finally under way. The plan, completed in 1978 by the renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, will transform three square miles of land into a sacred place of gardens, pools, buildings, and groves. The development will include a Monastic Zone, the circular sacred Garden surrounding the Ashoka pillar and Maya Devi temple, and Lumbini Village, comprising lodges, restaurants, a cultural center and tourist facilities. Over the years, many stupas and monasteries have been built representing Buddhist communities of numerous countries from around the world. In Kapilvastu near Lumbini, is an excavation site that evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. The ruins include scattered foundations of the palace and thirteen successive layers of human habitation dating back to the 8th Century BC; a must see for students of archeology and history. Access: Nepal Airlines along with other airlines fly regularly to Bhairahawa airport near Lumbini, and there are regular bus services from Pokhara and Kathmandu. Accommodation: There are several good hotels and lodges in Lumbini, but accommodation is also available in monasteries of the various countries.
Places to see
Maya Devi temple, Ashoka pillar, Pushkarni pond Maya Devi temple is one of the important sites as the place of birth of Lord Buddha. Inscriptions on the Ashoka pillar confirm the spot as the birthplace. Of special interest are several ruins of ancient stupas and monasteries. Recent excavations have unearthed a stone bearing a “footprint” indicating the exact location of the Buddha’s birth. Pushkarni pond is of special significance as Queen Maya Devi is said to have taken a bath here before giving birth. The International Gautami Nuns temple found here is a replica of the Swoyambhunath stupa in Kathmandu. Lumbini Museum Other places of interest are the Lumbini Museum, Lumbini International Research Institute, and Kapilvastu Museum situated 27 km west of Lumbini in Tilaurakot. In the Kapilvastu museum can be seen ruins of the ancient capital of the Sakya kingdom where the Buddha grew up as Prince Siddhartha. The Sacred Garden is best visited in the morning. Spread over 8 sq. km., it possesses treasures from the past. Today as part of the global initiative to promote Lumbini, many Buddhist communities from various countries have built or are building temples, monasteries or stupas near the Sacred Garden in the International Monastery Zone.

Monasteries built by these communities showcase the architecture and culture of their respective nations and are part of the attraction of Lumbini today. The Monastery of Royal Thai (Thailand), Chinese Monastery (China), Vietnam Phat Quoc Tu (Vietnam), Mahabodhi Society of Kolkotta (India), International Nun’s Society (Nepal), The Great Lotus Stupa (Tara Foundation, Germany), Myanmar Monastery (Myanmar), Manang Sewa Samaj (Nepal), Linhson Monastery (France), Sokyao Temple (Japan), Geden International (Austria), Sri Lankan Monastery (Sri-Lanka), Korean Mahabodhi Society (South Korea), Dharmodhaya Sabha (Nepal), Drigung Kagyud Meditation Center (India), Cambodian Monastery (Cambodia) Panditarama Meditation Center (Myanmar), Vipasana Mediation Center (Nepal), Lumbini Museum, Lumbini International Research Institute, World Peace Pagoda, Eternal Peace Flame, Peace Bell and Crane Sanctuary add beauty and serenity to Lumbini.About 31 kilometers west of Lumbini is Gotihawa in the Kapilvastu district. It is considered a very important religious site for Buddhists from around the world. It is revered as the spot where the Krakuchanda Buddha, who came before Sakyamuni Buddha, was born and attained nirvana. Another spot if significance is Kudan where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha. It is about 4 ½ km south of Tilaurakot. Niglihawa is situated about 32 kilometers northwest of Lumbini. Emperor Ashoka visited Niglisagar during his pilgrimage, built a stupa and set up a pillar. It is believed that the Kanakmuni Buddha, who came earlier than Shakyamuni Buddha, was born, enlightened, and met his father in this place. Getting thereTake a 45-minute flight from TIA in Kathmandu to Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa or catch a bus that leaves from the Gongabu Bus Park. Bhairahawa can also be reached by bus from other parts of the country. Buses to Lumbiini leave every hour or so from 6 am to 5 pm from Bhairahawa.

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For those seeking the ultimate panoramic Himalayan view, Daman is the place to visit. Located approx 80 km southwest of the Kathmandu valley, Daman (2,322 m) offers the only unimpeded view of the entire Himalayan range – roughly 400 km of Himalayan panorama. Daman is located on the Tribhuvan Highway between Kathmandu and the town of Hetauda. A walk around the surrounding area or a lounging on the one of the resort here is just a different experience in itself. Rock climbing, cycling, hiking are few of the many activities possible here. There are couple of accommodation option for a comfortable stay.

The only way to get around is by foot. There are lots of trails leading towards the villages around that offers an opportunity to conncet with the local life. Similarly one of the resort here has bicycle on hire which can take one on a very interesting downhill ride to Palung Village.

One of the hotels has a lookout tower with great views on clear mornings of the Himalayas, with one of the widest panaramas of any viewpoint.
A Tibetan monastery and temple is about a 30 minute walk through lovely mountain scenery. Get directions from one of the restaurants or guesthouses.
The activities available here are hiking, cycling, rock climbing, fishing trip to Kulekhani, pony ride etc.
Hotel Accommodation
Everest Panorama – Daman

Star rating : *** 3 star
Rooms : 30
Address : P. O. Box 3161, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Telephone : 4428500
Facsimile : 4434491
Email : Everestpanorama@bestviews.wlink.com.np
Website : http://www.everestpanoramaresort.com/

Hotel Description
Everest Panorama Hotel in Simbhanjyang, Daman is best 3 Star category hotels in Nepal. This hotel provides magnificent boarding, excellent dining and lots of other facilities which are generally available in a multi-starrer accommodation.

Location of Everest Panorama Hotel in Kathmandu
This resort is merely 80 km from Kathmandu as well as 3 hrs away from the city centre.

Room Facilities : The rooms of this hotel are not only luxurious and comfortable, but also equipped with amenities of high standard :

Satellite TV , In House Movies , Telephone , Mini bar ,Tea & Coffee Making , Hairdryer , Room Safe , Room Service

Hotel Amenities and Services : Dining at in-house restaurants provide some of the special local dishes along with the international cuisine. The bars serve boarders wines of their favorite brands.

Business and Conference
The corporate facilities of this hotel, for which the business tourists flock here, are-
– Banquet & Conference Facilities – Business Centre

Fitness and Recreation
Want to soothe your tired nerves? Avail of the fitness and recreational facilities like-
– Tennis Court – Swimming Pool – Fitness Centre



Bandipur is a hilltop settlement in Tanahu District, (Gandaki Zone) of Nepal. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 9952 people residing in 1929 individual households. Bandipur is located at 27.56 N, 84.25 E and an elevation of 1030m on a mountain saddle (Mahabharata range) approximately 700m above the Marsyangdi River Valley, 143 km to the west of Kathmandu and 80 km to the east of Pokhara.

Since 1998 it is connected by a 8km access road from Dumre (Kathmandu-Pokhara highway). Until then there was only an unreliable road, in monsoon usually not accessible or only by tractors. The mountain saddle, just 200m long, is barely wide enough to accommodate the main street lined by 2 –3 storey buildings on either side. At the backsides of these houses the mountainsides steeply descend and the gardens are only accessible by stairs.

Bandipur was established as a funneling point of trade by Newar traders from Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley after it had been conquered in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah. They took advantage of its malaria free location to develop it into an important stop along the India-Tibet trade route. With them they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day.

Originally a simple Magar village in the early 19th. Century Bandipur developed into prosperous trading centre and a community with town-like features: substantial buildings, with their neoclassical façades and shuttered windows and streets paved with slabs of silverish slate. Bandipur had its heyday in the Rana times (1846-1951), when, as a measure of its power and prestige, it was granted special permission to have its own library (still existing).

Other attractions include the Bindyabashini temple and the library in the village centre, Thani Mai, Tindhara(“Three Taps” washing place at the southeastern outskirts), Raniban (Queen’s Forest), the downhill trek to the Siddha Cave and a hike to Ramkot village. On Mukundeswari, the elevation at the western end of the saddle is a little shrine and one has a view of Bandipur itself.

Some villagers have picked up growing oranges, which do quite well in the climate of that area. An hour’s walk to the west of Bandipur is a silk farm.

Hotel Accommodation
1) Bandipur Mountain Resort, Bandipur, Tanahu District, Nepal.
Rooms / Facilities Location
– 12 standard rooms
– Restaurant
– En suite bathroom
– Color TV
– Telephone.
Contact Address
Kathmandu Office:
Durbar Marg, GPO Box 2154
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 220162, 229116 Fax : 977-1-225615
Email: island@mos.com.np
URL: www.islandjungleresort.com.np/bandipur
2) Gaunghar Pvt. Ltd. Bandipur Bazar, Tanahu District
Gaunghar (which means village house), situated in the town of Bandipur, is an old newari traditional house that has been renovated into a tourist accomodation. The heritage hotel has preserved the traditional architecture and ambience of the place. The restoration has taken every consideration to bring the house back to its orginal flair.
Gaunghar has 15 beautifully restored rooms with attached bathrooms and serene view of the mountains and the town.
Our kitchen employs well trained local chefs and staffs that have an art of preparing western cuisine as well as have a natural hand in traditional culinary skills. The kitchen also goes through an effort each day in providing you with organic food. Also, the hotel hepls the community by purchasing local fruits and vegetables.
The hotel has a well-restored cafe and a restaurant overlooking the town of Bandipur and another equally serene setting in its backyard facing the mountains.

– 15 twin bedded rooms
– Attached bath
– Restaurant & Bar
Contact Address
[t] +-977-65-520129
Reservation Office :
P.O.Box : 536
Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Nepal
[t] +977-1-4226130
email : gaunghar@mail.com.np


GORKHA – Historical Town


Gorkha is a scenic hill- town with great historical significance.
25 kilometer road off the main highway connecting Pokhara and Kathmandu brings you to an ancient Gorkha – the untouched and captivating town of Nepal! Some 300 years ago, Nepal was divided into 50 tiny states, and Gorkha was one of them. King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the founder of `Shah Dynasty’ which runs Nepal today, unified Nepal into one kingdom. His Gorkha palace resides on top of a hill at an altitude of 3281 feet (about 1000 meter) The King would watch-over his people as far as his eyes could see from the tallest palace in the very center of Nepal! Gorkha is also the home of Gurkhas – the legendary brave warriors who fought with knives against guns.

King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified the kingdom of Nepal during eighteenth century, was born in the township of Gorkha. Situated on a small hillock at an attitude of about 1000 m, Gorkha offers panoramic view of snow-fed mountain.

Then the small kingdom of Gorkha, founded by king Drabya Shah in 1560 A. D. became famous during the dynasty of Ram Shah (1604-1641 A.D.), who earned the reputation of being just to his people. There was a famous proverb in those days which said that one should go to Gorkha if he were looking for justice.

In the middle of eighteenth century there were hundreds of small kingdoms and principalities in what is today’s Nepal. The great Prithvi Narayan Shah took the mammoth task of unifying Nepal in the eighteenth century. The Gorkha soldiers under his dynamic leadership eventually succeeded in conquering the Kathmandu valley. The capital of greater Nepal was shifted to Kathmandu since then. But this beautiful township has always remained as the center of attraction for many Nepalese as well as foreign visitors.

Gorkha Durbar :
This historical palace is situated on the top of the fortified hill above the township, about one hour’s walk uphill from the bus station. On the west side of palace is the temple of Goddess Gorakhkali. There is also a famous cave sheltering the statue of Gorakhnath Baba (sage). It is believed that the name of Gorkha was derived from the name of this sage, whose blessings inspired King Prithvi Narayan Shah for the unification of Nepal. From the top of the hill above Gorkha palace and from a saddle east of the bazaar, the view of Manaslu and Himalchuli is spectacular.

Gorkha Bazaar :
It is primarily a cobbled street market place where by people from neighboring hill dwellings come to trade. There are a few temples near about, but not much. Yet, it is worth a visit as it provides a very good vista of the quiet charm that soaks a typical hill village of Nepal.

Gorakhnath Cave :
Ten meters below the palace’s southern side, is the sacred cave temple of Gorkhanath. The cave is is carved out of the solid rock and is among the most important religious sites for mainstream Brahmins and Chhetris of Nepal. Gorkha is also an alternate starting point for a few trekking routes in the region. Gorkha-Trisuli is an easy three day walk along unspoiled Nepali country side. One can also walk a long day’s walk to Besishahar, which is the usual starting point for Annapurna and Manang area treks. One can also walk through Besishahar area to Pokhara in a four days.

Upallokot :
It is situated at a 20 minutes walking distance from Gorkha palace.There is a viewing platform at an altitude of 1520 meters in Upallokot from where the spectacular view of Gorkha palace and the sliver shining snow-fed peaks can be enjoyed.

Manakamana :
On a beautiful ridge south-east of the township of Gorkha lies the holy temple of Manakamana, the holy goddess of aspirations. It is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus. Manakamana is 4 hour’s walk uphill from Anbu Khaireni on Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway.

The new democratic constitution of the kingdom was promulgated on November 9, 1990. Nepal is one of the founder members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC of which the third summit was held in Kathmandu in November 1987.

Hotel Accommodation
1) Gorkha Hill Resort
Gorkha Hill Resort, Keyman is situated 132 Km west from Kathmandu. All 24 rooms come with attached bathroom, hot and cold water, wall to wall carpet. Restaurant serving Nepali, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. Gorkha is the Palace where the late King Prithi Narayan Shah was borned and unified the whole Nepal. It is famous for the Palace called ‘Gorkha Palace’, mountains, one can see the beauty of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Himalchuli, Peak 29 etc. Gorkha is an interesting town midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The surrounding area is fantastic. Gorkha is 25km north of the road between Pokhara and Kathmandu. There are some interesting walks in the area. Not many tourists visit here.

– 24 twin bedded rooms
– Attached bath
– Restaurant & Bar
– hot and cold water
Add : Laxmi Bazar
Gorkha District.
Ktm Office : Keyman Private Limited

Kamaladi, GPO Box: 3011,

Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: 4239683Fax: 4239681

E-mail: keyman@wlink.com.np


2) Hotel Gorkha Bisauni
– 19 standard rooms
– 14 attach bathroom
– Restaurant

– Color TV

– Telephone.

Address : Gorkha Bazar Gorkha, Nepal

Tel: 064-420419, 420-107

Email: gh_bisauni@hotmail.com

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Tansen is a small ancient hill town situated 4300 meters above sea level. It is located on the way from Pokhara to Lumbini. Major attractions here are the ancient culture, excellent mountain views, serene atmosphere and friendly people. The weather here makes it a pleasant place to visit in any season. On clear days Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar and other peaks can be seen.Dhaka – the most popular hand woven cloth of Nepal comes from this region. The Nepali topi (national cap) is made of Dhaka and You can see the weavers at work on their looms or see a bazaar of Dhakas in Tanseen.
It is believed that the migrant from Kathmandu valley, specially the Newars played an important role in enriching the architecture and culture of Tansen, and this can be seen today in Tansen.
About the word Palpa : Palpa is a district of Nepal. It is one of the district of the Lumbini Zone. Tansen is the head quarter of Palpa district and hence, many people commonly refer Tansen as Palpa. Butwal, Bhairahawa and Lumbini are other three important cities that are part of the Lumbini Zone.

Places to visit in Tansen:

Tansen Bazaar
See here Rana buildings, Newari houses, carved windows and pagoda style temples, also meet folks at shopping in one of the highest and busiest bazaars in Nepal!

Palpa Ranighat
Palpa Ranighat: Visit the ancient building (palace) set on a massive rock bed at the bank of the Kali Gandaki river for viewing palace garden, stone walls, and a small shrine. This palace was built in 1892 by Governor Khadka Shamser in memory of his wife Tej Kumari, and is often called the Taj Mahal of Nepal.

Tansen Durbar / Palace
In the center of the town lies a 64 room Palace, a representation of arts and crafts of the ancient Palpa. On the saddest morning of 31st of January 2006, Nepal’s Maoist Rebels launched attacks in Tansen with no apparent reasons. They fought with local authorities and bombarded many ancient buildings including the Palace which had housed government offices. Many historical buildings including the Tansen palace was destroyed. Tansen Palace has a good reputation and popularity. In fact, it’s importance falls right after the Singha Durbar of Kathmandu (The place where, Nepal’s most top ministers stay and work inside this secure compound, and also where the Nepal’s Parliament office is located) The Tansen Palace is the heart of Palpa, attracting International as well as Domestic tourists to this beautiful hill. Many buildings which were destroyed by the Maoists are in the process of Historic re-construction, and without a doubt, Nepali Maoists will live forever with sorrows in their hearts for attempting to destroy a part of the beauty and history of Nepal.

Mountains to view from Tansen
Following snow capped mountains can be seen from Tansen and from surrounding areas.
How to get to Tansen ?
Tasen is 25 miles (40 kilimeters) from Butwal and 78 miles (125 kilometers) from Pokhara. By Bus, It takes 1 hour from Butwal and 5 to 6 hours from Pokhara. Regular public buses are available from Butwal and Pokhara. From Kathmandu, you can get to Pokhara, stay there for a few days, then head to Tansen, or you can take the route Kathmandu – Chitwan – Butwal – Tansen. The total road distance from Kathmandu to Tansen is about 187 miles (about 300 kilometers), and a journey of 11 hours. Bus fares are inexpensive.
You can also fly in a helicopter from Kathmandu to Tansen. Fares are expensive. Contact your travel agent for assistance.

Tanahu is a beautiful hill town, which is located only about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Tansen, liked by a road. It is a favroute nearby destination of Tansen town. Tanahu offers beautiful natural forests, farm lands and views of the mountains and valleys. One can enjoy here, the Rambha forest, Rimbha lekh and Kaaude and Hatti pond (Lekh or Tal in Nepali)

An easy trekking of 6 miles from Tansen, brings you to a beautiful spot, the Bhairabsthan temple. From here you can view Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Machhapuchhare and witness cultural attractions. The temple has a large Trishul (Trident), and it receives a large number of visitors on every Saturday and Tuesday. People sacrifice animals and offer grains, and fruits to please the Hindu God Bhairab, whose figure is believed to be kept hidden under the floor of the temple and the figure is identically to the Kal Bhairab status of Kathmandu, located at Durbar Square. Kal Bhairab is the Nepalese God of Destruction. Temples dedicated to him are located in many parts of Nepal.

Hotel Accommodation

1) Hotel Srinagar
23 standard rooms
Also has dining facilities, and
a conference hall with capacity for 100 people
Location Address: Kailashnagar, Tansen
Phone : 977-75-20045 20595Fax : 977-75-20590
E-mail : smailto:srinagar@mos.com.np

2) Siddhartha Gautam Hotel
10 rooms
Bishalbazar, Tansen
Phone: 977-75-520280

3) Bajra Hotel
14 rooms
Campus Road, Tansen
Phone: 977-75-520443



Balthali Village starts in a small village which is a small sleepy settlement which rests at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola River. Balthali Village stands on a plateau which is just beyond Khopasi, 40km away from Kathmandu. The area surrounding the Balthali Retreat is thickly forested with luxuriant floras, colorful rhododendron, magnolia and Sal trees cover the hill that undulates and opens out to terrace fields. The trek in the pure village like this has a pleasant feeling and worth for knowing the village culture and also we can promote Village Tourism of Nepal.After dusk a myriad of flickering lights below the valley of Balthali Village comes alive. Nature lovers and bird watchers can spend days exploring and discovering some exceptional species of wildlife, tradition and culture untouched by modernity. This ‘off the beaten location’ has endless trials leading to some ethnic tribes thus, offering excellent short hikes and mountain biking on the easy trials. Many of the sacred and ancient temples and monasteries such as Namo Buddha, Indreshwar mahadev, Brahmayani Temples are located in this region and still needs to be discovered and unviel its mysterious past.There are a number of excellent short and long hikes from a day to 5 days within Balthali Village Resort and its surrounding gives you ample opportunity and time to explore this quaint natural heaven.

Balthali village is 40km East from kathmandu near by Panauti.
It Takes around 1.5 hrs to reach khopasi by taxi and then 1hrs walk to Balthali Village Resort
By 4 wheel Jeep you reach Balthali Village in 1 and half hrs from Kathmandu. From the village it is a short walk (10mins)to the Resort.



Star rating : Village resort
Rooms : 23 standard
Address G.P.O : 8973 N.P.C 201 Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone : 977-1-4108210, 4108095
Facsimile : 977-1-4108095
Email : balthali@enet.com.np
Website : http://www.balthalivillageresort.com/



Hotel Description
Standing on a plateau, just beyond Panauti about 40 km away from Kathmandu , is a small sleepy settlement of Balthali village which rests at the junction of Roshi and Ladku Khola rivers. High above the southern ridge of this exceptional hamlet stands Balthali Village Resort (1650 m) – an outstanding place of isolation and relaxation amidst a surrounding of typical Nepali countryside with terraced rice fields and ochre thatched farm houses. With snowy peaks of Dorje Lhakpa. Langtang and whole range of mountains rests clear and bright on the northern horizon. Whilst the back yard is dominated by high hill of lush green Mahabharat Range which makes Balthali village Retreat – a perfect for solitude and then to relax midst a countryside where times stands still , upper-turbid , almost like the middle ages . This is a place to rediscover what nature does to your soul………………..
The area surrounding the Balthali Retreat is thickly forested with luxuriant growth of various floras. Colorful rhododendron, magnolia and Sal trees cover the hills that undulate and open out to terrace fields. After dusk a myriad of flickering of lights below the valley of Balthali Village comes alive. Nature lovers and birds watcher can spend days exploring and discovering some exceptional species of wildlife, tradition and culture.
Room Facilities
The rooms of this hotel are not only luxurious and comfortable, but also equipped with amenities of high standard :

Hotel Amenities and Services
Dining at in-house restaurants provide some of the special local dishes along with the international cuisine. The bars serve boarders wines of their favorite brands.

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Lakuri Bhanjyang, its a place of paradise located 13 kilometer up from the Gwarkho (lalitpur). It is one of the most scenic sport in lalitpur district and is renowned for its spectacular sunrise view and the himalaya ranges when the weather is clear, the view of sunrise can be seen very closed to the eyes. The visitors often travel lakuri to spend the night so that they can be there for the breath taking sunrise. The views of cities i. e. Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur can be seen by sitting at Lakuri. So that Lakuri also offers a panoramic viewsof valley, Himalayan range. At the same time, mainly Lakuri is popular for the place to view snow covered mountain, short treks, picnic Spot etc. The environment i.e. fresh air, cool water, forest ,views and the cooperative local people which makes the visitor to stay whole life at the Lakuri. Visitors who visit the Lakuri they define as heaven.
1) Adventure Tented Camp and Country Kitchen

Star rating : Village resort
Tented camp : 10 nos
Address : P.O.Box 3022 – Thamel,Kathmandu – Nepal
Telephone 977-1-4424249, 4432867
Facsimile 977-1-4411878
Email angtshering@asian-trekking.com
Website http://astrek.com/asiantrekking

Hotel Description
For those longing for some really refreshing environment after a week’s or month’s hectic professional schedule in the crowded Kathmandu, a new destination is being developed.
Within a drive of just 18 Kms from the Tribhuvan International Airport, one can reach Country Kitchen, a tented camp resort at Pokhari Thumko near Lankhuri Bhanjyang, the pass that provides way out from Lalitpur district to Kavre situated at an altitude of 2000 meters. And the views offered from Pokhari Thumko are just fantastic: all the mountain peaks from Annapurna on the west to Everest on the east, and four of the five cities of Kathmandu valley (Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Madhaypur Thimi and Lalitpur though Kirtipur is not that clear from here).
The tented camp with thatched roofs provides accommodation of the finest quality and comfort. The cozy mountain safari tents are perfectly designed to accommodate two beds with ample space for relaxation and rest.

Tented camp Facilities
A separate common bathroom with hot and cold showers are shared by occupants of every two tents.
All tents face the northern Himalayan Range of mountains and the greater Kathmandu. They also provide safe camping space and trekking tents

Camp Amenities and Services
Dining at in-house restaurants provide some of the special local dishes along with the international cuisine. The bars serve boarders wines of their favorite brands.

Map of Adventure Tented Camp
2) SUMMIT VILLAGE – Lakuri Bhanjyang

The lush temperate and tranquil beauty of south east Kathmandu Valley is home to Summit Village Lodge, that lies perched at Risal Danda just below Lakhuri Bhanjyang.The lodge is centered around a traditional Nepali house and overlooking a spectacular vista of the snowcapped mountains present some breathtaking views. Walks to nearby villages across lush verdant hills and experience the local culture at its best.
No. of rooms : 7
Power : electricity/solar
Bath : attached bath with hot/cold shower
Helipad : No
Facilities : restaurant, bar, laundry, wood sauna
Height : 1860 meters


Star rating resort
Rooms 33
Address P.O Box 1273
Kathmandu – Nepal
Telephone 00977 1 4371537, 4371397, 4371246
Facsimile 00977 1 4371561
Email info@nepalluxurytreks.com
Website : http://www.nepalluxurytreks.com/

Hotel Description
Hattiban Resort is the only one of its kind. It commands the most awesome view of the gloriously majestic Himalayas and the fabled city of Kathmandu. From dawn to dusk, the horizon is simply breathtaking, adorned with some of the world’s highest peaks stretching for miles from east to west with Ganesh Himal to Sagarmatha (Mt Everest). When evening sets in, the glittering city lights below, will make you understand why Kathmandu is also known as “the city of luster”. Haatiban Resort situated some 400m above the historic valley of Kathmandu with pine and fir trees amidst nature located just a 15 kms drive away from Kathmandu city.

Once attuned to the pace set at Haatiban, can take enjoyable pony rides, mountain biking, nature walks and treks to Champa Devi Hill (2054 metre) or Khokana and the Bungamati region, for the real taste of the Himalayan sights and sound. A trip to the famous shrine of Goddess Kali at Dhakshinkali is an eye-opener to the religious practices of the locals. Haatiban Resort is conceived to set a pace where the mind and body will be at harmony.

Guests staying in Haatiban Resort has a choice of comfortable cottages with commanding views of the Himalayan ranges and the standard/deluxe rooms fully furnished with a decor of ethnic beauty overlooking the Himalayas.

Room Facilities
9 comfortable cottages with commanding views of the Himalayan ranges with 27 Standard and 6 Deluxe rooms, fully furnished with a decor of ethnic beauty.A specious Lobby with large French windows adjoined by the Restaurant serving excellent cuisine and a variety of drinks.

Other facilities:
Indoor games, Home theatre movies, Pony rides, Mountain biking, Nature walks

Camp Amenities and Services
Dining at in-house restaurants provide some of the special local dishes along with the international cuisine. The bars serve boarders wines of their favorite brands.


Jomsom Mountain Resort

Star rating : 5 star
Rooms : 62
Address : PO Box: 3488, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone : 977-1-2004262
Facsimile : 977-1-4422252,
Email : arvinjmr@yahoo.com
Website http://www.jmr.com.np/

Hotel Description
Jomsom Mountain Resort is a 62-room Resort with 5-star facilities and located on a superb plateau at Jomsom. The hotel’s architecture is based on a Thakali village concept and will blend in naturally with the local surroundings. About 500 feet below the hotel is the Kaligandaki river which flows downstream to form the deepest gorge in the world. The most breathtaking sight of all is in front of the hotel. The majestic Nilgiri Mountain is visible from every room in the hotel. This ethnic resort is the only one in Nepal that meets international environment standard. Minute care is taken to maintain the eco-system of the surrounding area. All the suites and rooms showcase Tibetan Arts and Crafts, furnishings and fabrics.

• Heated indoor swimming pool
• Centrally heated public areas and bedrooms
• Luxury restaurants serving international as well as local cuisine
• Sauna & Jacuzzi
• Fully equipped gymnasium
• Multi-purpose Hall for parties and conferences (250 guests)
• Yoga & Meditation Center
• In-house Laundry Service
• TV with major international channels in all rooms
• Mini-bar in every room
• Fully equipped health spa
• Indoor games

Deluxe room Hotel Front Road to hotel
Dining at in-house restaurants provide some of the special local dishes along with the international cuisine. The bars serve boarders wines of their favorite brands.

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Dhulikhel & Hotels

Dhulikhel is a typical Newari town with nearby Tamang villages. It is situated 30 km. east of Kathmandu on the side of Arniko Highway on the way towards Tibet. Dhulikhel is popular for its natural beauty and ancient traditions. The Himalayan ranges from the twin crest of Mt. Langtang in the west to the Mt. Everest in the east can be clearly viewed in a clear day. Dhulikhel is ideal for snow-capped peaks, sunrise, sunset and it is different from any other place. One can say Dhulikhel is where the peaks speak. KNOW MORE ABOUT DHULIKHEL »

Things to see
Whether it’s a mountain sunrise you’re after, or 400 km of horizon from the Annapurnas in the west to Numbur in the east, the Himalayan skyline dominates Dhulikhel. And unlike that Thamel-on-the-Hill, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel has culture with its old Newari heritage. At 1,500 m it is also milder in winter than Nagarkot.

Dhulikhel was once known by the Buddhist name of Shrikhandapur and still has a few Buddhist stupas in memory of the old days. Namo Buddha is an interesting and pleasant three-hour hike from the town, and has a nice mix of Buddhist flavour and old Hindu temples. Dhulikhel also has several ancient temples dedicated to Sweta Bhairava, Hari Siddhi, Shiva, and Narayana, each with an interesting story related to how they came into being.

There are plenty of other short hikes to undertake from Dhulikhel, but one of the best is the pleasant half-hour uphill from Dhulikhel to the telecommunication tower. Walk through a lush forest echoing with the chattering of racquet tailed drongos and turtle doves to come to a temple dedicated to Kali. If you can manage to wake up early and get up there, it is a sunrise you will remember for years. And there are more than a dozen hotels to stay for the night if you want to do this, from the upmarket Himalayan Shangrila, which stands at the highest point here and offers the best views to the 28-year-old Nawaranga Restaurant and Guest House, which with its gallery of local art is a backpacker’s dream come true.

Dhulikhel, Namobuddha & Panauti
The ancient Newari town of Dhulikhel is situated 30 km east of Kathmandu and has spectacular views of the Himalayas. Once an important link in the ancient trade route to Tibet, Dhulikhel has a glorious past which can be seen in many beautiful buildings and in intricate wood carvings in the shop-lined streets and temples


The hike from Dhulikhel to Namobuddha takes about two hours. It is relatively easy and passes through some typical villages such as Kawe (Kavre) and Phulbari before reaching the Buddhist monastery and stupa at Namobuddha, an important destination for Buddhist pilgrims.

On the hill above Namobuddha is a famous stone tablet (left) depicting a Buddha (there have been many before the historical Buddha) feeding himself to a starving tigress and her cubs. This is from a famous Buddhist tale expressing the great compassion of the Buddha.

Panauti is a quaint and interesting destination in Nepal. It feels as if it has been left exactly the way the founders had built the town. A nostalgic atmosphere covers the narrow town streets and ancient structures. It is known as a Newari town that is located near the Roshi Khola and Pungamati rivers. Panauti can easily be reached from Kathmandu, which is 32 kilometers from Panauti, Dhulikhel and Banepa. This fascinating destination in Nepal was also a dowry. King Bhupitendra Malla gave his sister the town of Panauti as a dowry.
As with many villages and towns of Newari, Panauti is also steeped in culture and tradition. Visitors will often find colorful stones, petals and other items that are laid out on the pavement. They are representations of Lakshmi’s footprint, known as the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Locals leave these offerings in the mornings to invite and bring Lakshmi into their homes and lives.

The most noteworthy attraction in Panauti, is the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple complex, which dates back to the 15th century. The Mahadev temple is surrounded by smaller temples and a number of shrines, but the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple steals the show. It is an impressive three-storey structure, which is constructed as a pagoda. The struts that are located on the inside of the temple date back to the 14th century and the carvings in the struts are breathtaking. The intricate and detailed carvings of warriors and other figures are almost life-like. The doors are just as spectacular as the struts, unmatched in craftsmanship and beauty.

The temple that is located opposite to the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple also has spectacular woodcarvings to be viewed, with many of the other temples exhibiting historical relics, murals and stone reliefs. At the Brahmayani Temple visitors will find the well-preserved and greatest collection of religious art masterpieces, painted in the traditional Newari style.
Outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy mountain biking or hiking should enjoy the routes between Namo Budda, Lubhu, Dhulikhel, Banepa and Panauti. The surrounding area is breathtaking and peaceful. Visitors to this destination in Nepal will be surprised at the great amount of attractions and the beautiful landscapes that can be seen all around the town.
From Namobuddha you can head down the mountain the same day to the town of Panauti, on the valley floor. (There is also a bus connection to Panauti).

Brahmayani Mandir
The temple complex is centered around the 15th-century Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, a three-story pagoda within a walled compound. The temple has beautifully carved roof struts.

In the morning in Newari towns and villages you find stones in the pavement decorated with paint, offerings and marigold petals. The stones represent Lakshmi’s footprint, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, and they welcome her into the house.

Panauti locals pay their visits to the different temples in the morning.

Dhulikhel Mountain Resort – Dhulikhel

star rating : 3 star
rooms : 42
address : P.O. Box 3203, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 420 774
facsimile : +977 1 420 778
Website : www.dhulikhelmountainresort.com/

The Dhulikhel Mountain Resort is nestled in the Himalayan mountains, conveniently located on the Arniko Highway, giving easy access to Kathmandu and Tibet. The bungalows are cozy, equipped with modern amenities offering stunning views of the snow peaked mountains and countryside. Enjoy a variety of activities such as country walks, river rafting and other excursions in this peaceful setting.

Standard room facilities: Heating, Telephone, Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Room Service Television

hotel facilities ; Restaurants, Business Services, Wireless Internet, Laundry Service
Safety Deposit Boxes, Car Park, Conference Facilities

Drive time from Kathmandu International Airport to the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort is approximately 1 hour.

Dhulikhel Lodge Resort – Dhulikhel

star rating : 2 star
rooms : 24
address : P.O. Box 6020, Dhulikhel, Karve District, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 611 141
facsimile : +977 1 222 926
Website : http://www.dhulikhellodgeresort.com/

The Dhulikhel Lodge Resort is located on one of the hills that surround the beautiful Dhulikhel valley. It offers a truly breathtaking view of the Himalaya mountains and rice terraces. Rooms are simple, yet cozy with soft colours. Outdoor activities include trekking, rafting and mountain biking or just unwind at the hotel terrace watching the sunset over the mountains.

Standard facilities: Heating, Telephone, Television,
hotel facilities : Restaurants, Lounge Bar, Banquet & Conference Facilities
Laundry Service, Safety Deposit Boxes, TV Room, Car Park

Drive time from Kathmandu International Airport to the Dhulikhel Lodge Resort is approximately 45 minutes.


High View Resort – Dhulikhel – Nepal

star rating : 2 star
rooms : 17
address : Dhulikhel, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 11 490048, 490966
facsimile : +977-1-4250364
Website : http://www.highviewresort.com/
The High View Resort, Dhulikhel is located on the rolling hills above the old historic town of Dhulikhel. It overlooks the impressive Himalayas and the plains of Paanchhkal and Dhulikhel Valley. The traditional Nepali style bungalows are unpretentious with balconies, with some including a fireplace.
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Standard facilities: Telephone, Balcony, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Laundry Service
Safety Deposit Boxes, Car Park, Conference Facilities


Mirabel Resort – Dhulikhel

star rating : 3 star (resort)
rooms : 20
address : P.O. Box 630, Kasturi Arcade, Kamaladi, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 248 058
facsimile : +977 1 226 642
Website : http://www.mirabelresorthotel.com/

The Mirabel Resort, Dhulikhel is located approximately 30 km east of Kathmandu. Nearby the colourful and interesting for the medieval city of Bhaktiphur. The hotel has ideal view points of the Himalayan mountains, hills, green valleys and forests. Rooms are in a homely style fitted with wooden furnishings.

Standard facilities: Telephone, Minibar, Room Service, Television

hotel facilities : Restaurants, Banquet & Conference Facilities, Business Services
Wireless Internet, Laundry Service, Car Park

Dwarikas Himalayan Shangrila

star rating : 4 star (resort)
rooms : 36
address : Dhulikhel,Nepal Tel: 977-11-490612
telephone : +977 1 248 058
facsimile : +977 1 226 642
Website : http://www.dwarikashimalayanshangrila.com/

Situated among pristine forests of pine, rhododendron and apple trees, The Dwarika’s Himalayan Shangri-La Village Resort is a scenic journey of 45 minutes from Kathmandu and half hour from Dhulikhel city. Naturally confined at an altitude of 1700 meters, the resort endows you with the freedom of a 180-degree view of the mighty Himalayas, the Kavrepalanchok valley below and the most amazing sunrises and sunsets. The resort spread over 20 acres of gentle slopes has its own forest, cascade pools and a host of species of birds, butterflies and even deer.
Designed and built to depict ethnic “Newari” and “Gurung” building styles of Nepal, the rooms do not come with a television, but who would really need one when rooms with the best views display huge panaromic glass windows in front of your king sized beds? It is like having your own 150 inch plasma television, and it’s constantly playing the nature show, live, right in your room.

Standard facilities: Telephone, Minibar, Room Service, Television

hotel facilities : ActivitiesA host of activities is on offer like Hiking, Mountain biking, white water rafting and kayaking in the Bhote Koshi, bungy jumps, bird watching trips and visits to the old Newari town of Dhulikhel and religious centers in and around. The sunrise and sunset view point is located within the Village Resort and is just a short walk from the guest accommodations. Mountain Bikes and Guides are available for hire.

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Nagarkot & Hotels

Nagarkot is the place where once Manjushree Bodhisatto stood and watched the lake in the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is at the 31 kms eastern side of the Kathmandu Valley. The hilltop called Nagarkot at more than 2,175 meters above the sea level is the second highest peak in the Kathmandu Valley. After an hour long exciting and winding drive you will be above to feel the cool breeze of air blowing endlessly into your face, and see the widest range of Himalayas including Mount Everest with our bare eyes from here. It is also one of the best spots to visit for unmatched sunrise and sunset views. And if awesome view is your first preference to visit Nagarkot, then, Peaceful cottage and cafe dumont ,Nagarkot ought to be your first port of residence.

You could witness the sunrise without having to get up from your bed. Just pull the curtain off, have a coffee and relax. Lot of accommodation around this area has bed & breakfast. And they do have outside eating area where you don’t miss any sight of the beautiful sunrise.



star rating : 4 star category
rooms : 52 (AC, TV, Central heating)
address : Nagarkot, Bhaktapur District, Nepal
telephone : + 977 1 680 080
facsimile : +977 1 680 068
Website : http://www.nepalshotel.com/

Hotel Description:
The Club Himalaya Nagarkot Resort is situated high up on a tranquil hilltop in Nagarkot, an hour by taxi from Kathmandu. Rooms are comfortable and well appointed with wooden furnishings and a private balcony overlooking the the breathtaking snow-clad Himalayas. Experience and enjoy this deluxe hotel’s amenities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi.

Standard facilities:
Air-Conditioning, Heating, Satellite TV, In-House Movies, Telephone, Minibar
Tea & Coffee Making Facilities, Balcony

hotel facilities:
Air-Conditioned Rooms, Restaurants, Shopping Arcade, Banquet & Conference Facilities, Business Centre, Wireless Internet, Library, Laundry Service, Safety Deposit Boxes
Car Park,

leisure facilities
Bicycle Hire, Swimming Pool, Fitness Centre, Jacuzzi, Massage, Sauna,


Star rating : 4 star category (Resort)
rooms : 29
address : P.O. Box 3004, Kathmandu, Nepal
telephone : +977 1 4432 960
facsimile : +977 1 4432 958
Website : http://www.mountain-retreats.com/

Hotel Description:
The Fort Resort Nagarkot is set within 6 acres of dense forest, to the east of Kathamandu Valley. It is designed in a traditional Newari style with carved doors and windows. The standard cottages built like pagodas are well equipped, and overlook the spectacular Himalayan Mountains. Great for those who enjoy trekking.

Standard facilities:
Satellite TV, Telephone, Room Service
hotel facilities
Restaurants, Business Centre, Wireless Internet, Laundry Service, Safety Deposit Boxes, Car Park, Conference Facilities


Star rating : *** 3 star
Rooms : 24
Address : P.O. Box No 26, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Telephone : +977 1 680 128
Facsimile : +977 1 680 127
Email : sales@hotelcountryvilla.com
Website : http://www.hotelcountryvilla.com/

Hotel Description
Nagarkot is only 32 Km east of Kathmandu and and be reached within an hour by road. Hotel Country Villa – a beautiful paradise on earth is your ideal address in Nagarkot. It boasts of wonderful scenic canvas of Himalayas stretching form Mt. Kanchanjunga in the far east to the Annapurna massif in the far west and the revering sunrise that serenades the entire valley. Hotel Country Villa oozes luxury in every sense and the lobby epitomizes the ultimate.

All 24 rooms are well furnished and spacious with pinewood paneling, shoe-racks, attached baths with 24th hours Hot/Cold running water. Country Villa proudly boasts of having the modern facilities, communication service private verandahs, garden lounge, restaurant and bar serving delicious cuisine complemented with local and imported drinks, that is bound to soar your feeling to great heights at all times.

Room Facilities: 24 elegantly furnished standard and deluxe Rooms, Spacious single/double room with terrace. TV, Telephone, Bathroom.

Services & Facilities : Well-equipped 2 conference halls, Illy Coffee Bar, WIFI Zone, Doctor on call, Foreign currency exchange, Free Laundry Service, International direct telephone call and fax, Free safe deposit locker.


Star rating : *** 3 star
Rooms : Std : 23, Deluxe : 22
Address : Kamaladi, P.O.Box 3011, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone : 4239682, 83, 6680075
Facsimile : 6680020
Email : chautari@wlink.com.np

Hotel Description
Nagarkot is only 32 Km east of Kathmandu and and be reached within an hour by road. Hotel Chautari Keyman is situated at an edge of mountain at an elevation of 2015 meters from the sea level. It is in a hill station, famous for sunrise, sunset, and beautiful views of The Himalayas. The hotel is away from smoke – ridden Kathmandu city and the ideal gateway for clean air, peaceful ambience and easy commute to historic town of Bhaktapur.

Most of the rooms are located in 6 semi-detached cottages which provide clear, unobstructed views of snow-clad mountains, evergreen forests and fertile valleys directly from the windows. All the rooms are carpeted from wall to wall and complemented by a modern attached bathroom with a shower. Individual solar panels provide running hot water during all hours of the day.

Room Facilities: 45 elegantly furnished standard and deluxe Rooms, Spacious single/double room with terrace. TV, Telephone, Bathroom.

Other Facilities :
Parking, Restaurant, Bar, Garden, Safe deposit box, Room-service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Currency exchange.

Our spacious dining room not only serves some of the more popular cuisines from the western world but also includes mouth watering recipes from Nepal as well as neighbouring India and China in its repertoire. The adjacent bar is sufficiently well stocked with both imported and local beverages to provide you with a variety of exotic cocktails and heart-warming spirits.

With a capacity to hold 50 person, their Conference Room is ideally suited for conducting trainings, seminars, workshops and parties.

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