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DHULIKHEL EXCURSION

Dhulikhel

DHULIKHEL - Weekend Spots

Dhulikhel is the major tourist spot of Kavre district and is famous for natural as well as historical reasons. Dhulikhel's is the administrative centre of Kavre district and is located a a distance of 30 km from Kathmandu and 4 km from Banepa. Located on a hilltop surrounded by lush greenery, the place has become a major tourist attraction. The proximity to both natural beauty and historic town has added to Dhulikhel's charm. Altitude ranges from1600 to 1700m and the place is far from the pollution and crowd. Dhulikhel's main attractions are the view of rows of snow-capped peaks. Devithan hillock renowned for viewing sunrise and sunset, historic Newar settlement and the artistic temples of the town.

Dhulikhel provides an imcomparable view of the Himalayan ranges, more than other tourist places. Dhulikhel is getting increasingly popular for picnics, gatherings, seminars and other programs. A large number of people, visit "Dhulikhel" in the weekends. Some stay overnight while others return at the end of the day. Due to the proximity to the city and good road connection. Dhulikhel is being viewed as an ideal retreat for the Kathmanduiters. Tourist on the way to Tibet also spend their night in Dhulikhel during the tourst season. The best time of year to visit Dhulikhel is in the autumn and winter seasons. There are many luxurious hotels and lodges operating in Dhulikhel connecting Kathmandu to the eastern Terai. Likewise, the Kodari Highway connects to the Chinese border 85 km to the North. The road distance to Kavre's Namobuddha is 15 km while Nagarkot could be reached after a 5-6 hour long hike. Once can also reach Namobuddha in 2-3 hours on foot taking a shortcut trails.

NAMOBUDDHA

Namobuddha is one of the most important religious sites of the Buddhists after Kathmandu's, Swyambhunath and bouddhanath. It is located on a picturesque hill, 45 km along Banepa, Panauti route. The religiously important Namovuddha, surrounded by serene environment and green hills, is gaining fame as an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The site is also gaining reputation as a tourist destination and more and more foreign tourists reach the place every year. Huge festival is organized here on the full moon day of Basisakh (May). the Birthday of Lord Buddha. Thousands of devotees both Buddhist and Hindu gather here for the festival. Tourist are also attracted to the artistic monasteries and the idol of "Sacrifice to the Tigress" located around the hilltop famous for viewing sunrise and sunset.

There is adequate facility of accommodation in Namobuddha and can be easily reached from various tourist destinations like Dhulikhel, Panauti, Balthali and Dapcha. Namobuddha is at a distance of 10 km from Panauti and 15 km from Dhulikhel.

Kavre's Dolalghat is famous for picnics as well as for the taste of local fish. The place is also popular for resting during trips to Jiri, Charikot, Ramechhap, Tatopani, Kodari, Sailungeshwor among others. Visitors who reach Dolalghat never fail to taste the local fish, which is considered very delicious. Dolalghat is locate on the bank of the Indrawati River.

People enjoy picnic on the banks of the same river. People from as far as Kathmandu reach here for picnic. It is but advisable that those going to Dolalghat for picnic exercise caution while swimming or bathing in the river as there are occasional news about swimmers losing their life. Dolalghat is locate at a 57 km road distance from Kathmandu, Kodari is locate 58 km form Dolalghat while Sindhupalchowk's headquarter Chautara is 28 km far. Regular bus service is available from the old bus termina in Kathmandu.

SACRIFICE TO THE TIGERS

According to legends, King Maharath ruled a large town located between Panauti and a nearby town Sankhu. King Maharath has three sons, and the youngest Mahahridaya was of very benevolent nature. Once, the three princes were traveling and entered a jungle. They saw a Tigers with her 5 cubs. The Tiger was thin and weak. Prince Mahahridaya asked his brothers why the Tigres was so weak and they replied she was weak and thin due to the lack of food. The kind hearted prince thought it would be an act of great kindness if he could feed the tigers with his own body. so he started feeding the hungry tigers ripping off his body parts with branches of trees, without the knowledge of his brothers and died.

It is beleived that the Stupa at Namobuddha houses the remians of the kind hearted prince. The benevolent prince's soul went straight to the heaven and is believed to have reincarnated in Nepal's Lumbini. It is said that, when Lord Buddha arrived at Namobuddha after receiving enlightment, he revealed to his disciples that he had sacrificed his life at the spot in the earlies incarnation and the remains were housed there. The place is now regarded as a holy pilgirmage and devotees offer worship and light oil lamps in reverence.

PALANCHOWK BHAGAWATI

The famous historic temple of Palanchowk is located on a hilltop and 10 km from Kavre's Lamidada. and 56 km from Kathmandu, aling the Araniko Highway. The temple is considered as a centre of faith among the followers of Hinduism. Large crowd of devotees throung the temple every Tuesday and Saturday to offer worship to the 1 meter tall idol of Bhagawati carved out of black stone. The devotees also offer sacrifice of live animals and birds like male goats, roosters, pigeons as we as coconut. A major fair is organixed every year on the full moon day of Baisakh month (May) A temple dedicated to Kalika is located near the Bhagawati temple and consideres as the elder sister of the Bhagawati goddess. The holy site is also considered as an important tourist destination for local tourist.

The place carries a huge tourism potential and also offers great views of Langtang range, sunrise as we as sunset. Palanchowk is also getting recognition as a major tourist destination of Kavre. Moreover it is an important destination of religious tourism. Well equipped hotels provides accommodation and dining experience for tourist. There is regular bus service to Palanchowk from Ratna Park, Kathmandu.

PANAUTI

The ancient town of Panauti located 33 km south-east of Kathmandu and 6 km south of Banepa carries huge religious and historical significance. The town proposed as a UNESCO world heritage site is full of ancients temples, indigenous tradition and cultural heritage. I t is a popular destination not only for foreigners but also for the local tourists. Houses constructed in medieval deigns, holy pilgrimage sites, artistic temples and important religious sites add to the attraction of this ancients town. The famous Makar Festival takes place at Panauti's Triveni, a confluence of three rivers. every 12 years. Millions of devotees from different parts of the country throng Panauti during the festival. Likewise, the annual Panauti Festival is also very popular among Nepali people.

Traditionally Panauti is regarded as a town protected by the Nagas or serpents. Therefore, locals of Panauti never use mortars to grind the grains, unlike in other parts of the country, to avoid injuring the serpents.

There is a traditional belief that the Basuki Naga, the overlord of all serpents, was born in Panauti thousands of years ago and was later transfereed to Patan by Tantriks. The residents believe that Basuki Naga returns to Panauti during the Panauti festival that is celebrated for four to eight days. People believe the Naga King comes and returns in the form of thunderstrom that never fails to fall during the festivals. The town dominated by the Newar community is also associated with various myths and folklores. The town is believe to be situated an top of a single block of rock and thus protected from earthquake. Local elders claim the town was unscathed during the earthquake of 1933 AD when most part of the country was flattened to the grounds. The town provides ample facilities for accommodation and its is possible to hike from Panauti to various beautiful sites including Da[cha, Khopasi, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha, Balthali and Lakuri Bhanjyang. Buses to Panauti leave every 5 minutes from Kathmandu's old bus park.

HIKING NAGARKOT & DHULIKHEL: TENTATIVE PROGRAM

DAY 01: ARRIVAL KATHMANDU
DAY 02: KATHMANDU AND PATAN FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING
DAY 03: HALF DAY BHAKTAPUR SIGHTSEEING / CHANGUNARAYAN AND HIKE TO NAGARKOT
DAY 04: NAGARKOT TO DHULIKHEL HIKING
DAY 05: HIKING TO NAMO BUDDHA AND DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
DAY 06: DEPARTURE OR EXTENSION TRIP TO POKHARA OR CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

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