Nepal Tourism Information

 

Nepal Tourism:
Living Goddess KumariNepal is scenic and is one of the best of the Himalayan kingdom in the world. Nepal is a Himalayan kingdom bordered by the People's Republic of China to the north and India to the south, east and west. Nepal is an Ideal place for tourist. Landscape is diverse, ranging from the Terai in the south to the lofty Himalayas in the north. It offers lush meadows, green woodland and fragrant orchards. Its elevation amazingly rises within a very small width from the plain terrain to the tallest Himalayas leading to nearly 8800 meters. It is home to eight of the world's ten highest mountains. Nine of the prominent peaks of Himalaya in Nepal are namely Mount Everest (8848 meters) / Saarmatha (8848 meters), Kanchendzonga (8586 meters), Lho Tse (8516 meters), Makalu (8463 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters), Dhaulagiri (8167 meters), Manaslu (8163 meters) and Annapurna (8091 meters). Kathmandu is the capital city. It is an ultimate destination for a trekking, offering from easy and short excursions to the long challenges of the snowy peaks, to the Himalayan Expedition. The country is known for tourism, trekking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, wildlife parks, jungle safaris, river rafting and for its beautiful temples. About half of all tourists visiting Pokhara are there for the start or end of a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp and Mustang. Festivals like Shivaratri, Gai Jatra, Bhairab Naach (Bhairab dance) and Krishnastami add colors to the beauty of Nepal. Lesser known places like Patan, Lumbini and Tansen are known for their natural beauty and as religious center. Bhaktapur, Patan and kathmandu itself will be short for a weeks Holiday. Cheap Hotels at Kathmandu to the very best like Yak & Yeti, Everest are Ideal places to stay. Casinos, Discotheque,  Malls and Thamel are places to enjoy inside the City of Kathmandu. Flights are cheaper for small groups. Luxury Buses along with five star accomodation at Kathmandu and packages are desighened by us from Siliguri. Most of our packages are Ex Kathmandu but we also have packages from Siliguri. Nepal Tour Packages are desighned by us along with low cost Air Ticket to Kathmandu. 

Places of interest in Nepal:

  • Kathmandu
  • Pokahra
  • Chitwan
  • Birgunj
  • Janakpur 
  • Nepalgunj
  • Lumbini
  • Patan
  • Bhaktapur
  • Gorkha
  • Nagarkot
  • Dhulikhel

Nepal has amazing extremes, home of the world's highest mountains; historic cities exquisite medieval art & architecture reflect the artistic ingenuity and the religious tradition of the people. The major tribes are the Gurung, Magars, Rais, Limbus, Sunuwars, Sherpas, Newars, Tharus, Yadavas, Satar, Rajvanshis and Dhimals, Chhetris and Thakuris. The major wildlife reserves are Chitwan, Bardia and Sukla Phanta. Mammals found here are elephant, wild boar, bison, Royal Bengal tiger, langur, deer, the sloth bear, leopard, one - horned rhinoceros, etc. The forests support a variety of fauna approximately around 350 species of birds, it’s also is known in the birding circuit.

Communication:

Airways – Visit to Nepal from Siliguri is simple, its an hour drive. One can drive to Kakarbhitta (Nepal - India border) 32 kilometers by road. From kakarbhitta drive 25 kilometers to Bhadrapur Airport in Nepal. From Bhadrapur one can fly to Kathmandu in about 45 minutes. One can also avail flight from other airports of India like DElhi or Kolkata or Gaya. But the cheapest is from Bhadrapur. Flight from Bhutan and Bangladesh is also available to enter Bhutan directly.

Railways – There is no railway system in Nepal but one can reach any of the bordering town of Nepal by availing Indian Railways. The railway stations near the bordering town are used by most of the people of Nepal and India. Travelling in Nepal is solely dependent on either road or by air.

Roadways – Visit to Nepal from Siliguri one can drive to Kakarbhitta (Nepal - India border) 32 kilometers by road. Buses to Kathmandu are available from Kakarvitta, Bhadrapur and all the towns of Nepal. Private vehicles and shared vehicles are also available. From kakarbhitta one can drive 25 kilometers to Bhadrapur for availing flight. One can avail the Bus / Coach to Kathmandu or can drive to Kathmandu from Kakarbhitta. Its overnight journey.

Kathmandu:
Hanuman Dhoka Durbar KathmanduIt is the political, commercial and cultural hub of Nepal. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is one of the oldest cities of the world set admits in the beautiful valley of Himalaya. It is a popular tourist destination. All tours, treks, adventure starts from Kathmandu in Nepal. The city of Kathmandu attracts tourists from all over the world. Pashupatinath is one of most important religious site for Hindus, Bauddhanath as one of the largest Stupas in South Asia along with Swayambhunath and Durbar Square is also known for its heritage status and many other attractions. Durbar Square as if is on carnival set amidst temples, monuments and the royal palace while the city's stretch northeast and south west called the New Road. The city's best- known shopping street runs east from the square. Two more places worth mentioning are Thamel, north of Durbar Square in a new part of town and Jhochhen, better known as Freak Street, immediately south of the square. Suburban is east of Kantipath, the main north south thoroughfare and is dominated by Royal Palace and the Tudikhel or the parade ground. Kathmandu is tourist paradise here the life starts late but continues till late night with casinos and the bars open. Temples are great and peaceful. Short trip of Kathmandu – Pokhara – Chitwan and Nagrakot is the most sought after tour. Even Kathmandu Pokhara is great with five nights is quite enjoyable. One has wonderful opportunity to see and explore the rich culture and tradition of Nepal, fascinating heritage attractions, durbars, breathtakingly beautiful snow capped mountains, virgin beauty of the nature, marvelous art and crafts, UNESCO World Heritage Site and many other exciting places of tourist interest. Nepal is beautiful beside its tourism destination; it is also home to some of the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries that include Chitwan National Park, Rara National, Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu National Park, etc.  This beautiful country is must visit once in a lifetime as the country is globally acclaimed for its not only scenic beauty, heritage attractions, adventure tourism, Leisure holiday, temple tour, but also for its friendly environment, world class accommodation facilities and warm hospitality of the people.

Pokhara:
Fewa Lake PokharaPokhara is one of the most popular destinations after Kathmandu in Nepal. Pokhara lies along the route of trade between India and Tibet. Today it is one of the fastest developing destinations of Nepal for tourism. Nearly 65% of the total trekkers of Nepal trek end in Annapurna region. Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Nepal measuring 1.5 kilometers by 4 kilometers is the center of attractions. The lake is fascinating due to its splendid view of the mountains and especially when the still water reflects the peaks. Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake are also fascinating though bit away from Pokhara. Pokhara is only 35 minutes flight and 6 hours drive from the capital city Kathmandu. Nearly 25 flights and several deluxe tourist buses serve the tourist daily. Standard hotels including non star to five star levels along with other facilities like foreign currency exchange, entry permit, visa extension, flight ticket reconfirmation etc. are available in this pollution free city.

Chitwan:
Chitwan National ParkChitwan is known for the famous Chitwan National Park and is the first national park in Nepal. It was earlier known as the Royal Chitwan National Park. Established in 1973 and was granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. The Park is spread over an area of nearly 932 square kilometers and shares its eastern boundary with the Parsa Wildlife Reserve. It is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of south - central Nepal in the district of Chitwan. It is situated at an elevation ranging from about 100 meters / 330 feet near the river valleys to 815 meters / 2674 feet in the Churia Hills. There are lodges inside the national park and other accommodation with option of elephant ride, jeep safaris, rafting tours and guided jungle walks. It is now listed in the World Heritage site by UNESCO. The Park consists of a diversity of ecosystems - including the Churia hills, Ox-bow lakes and the flood plains of the Rapti, Reu and Narayani Rivers. Some of the adventure that one can indulge in Chitwan are elephant ride  the most popular way of exploring the Chitwan jungle, Canoeing along the Rapti river is also an option, Spotting by luck few Gharial crocodiles, marsh muggers, variety of fish and with better luck one can spot Gangetic dolphin. Birding is also an option with spotting of kingfishers, ospreys,egrets, etc.

Birgunj:
This town of Birgunj - Located in the south eastern Nepal near Indian border town of Raxaul.  Birgunj is the most important land entry point for goods to and this town is situated about 3 kilometers from the north Indian border Raxaul. It is the main transit point for freight between India and Nepal, the road is mobbed by trucks, jostled by rickshaws and choked by traffic fumes. Most of Nepal's exports leave the country via the hectic border crossing at Raxaul Bazaar and travelers prefer to enter Nepal via the crossings at Sunauli and Kakarbhitta.
Birgunj not only caters to the need of travelers but also is the favourite place of businessmen and pilgrims going to other destinations in Nepal. But spending a day or two at Birgunj is advisable to guest and tourist as it is worth it. A city which is multi lingual and multi ethnic groups exist is appealing to all and one can get a taste of Nepal. Birgunj is one of the few cities of Nepal to have a railway link to Raxaul, hence connected to the rest of India by Indian railway network. The nearest airport is Simara about 20 minutes drive from Birgunj and is connected to Kathmandu by several air flights a day. Birgunj is also well connected by road to most of the cities in Nepal. Like other places of Nepal there are many choices in luxurious to economic accommodation for travelers. Hindi (Indian language) is quite common here. Places of interest are Shankar Acharya Gate, Buddha Chaitya, Durga Temple, Ghadiharwa Pokhari, Clock Tower, City Hall, Goddess Gadi Mai temple at Kalaiya town nearly 13 kilometers from Birgunj. One can avail bus services from Kathmandu and other cities; it also has regular flights from Kathmandu. Some of the places of interest are Shanker Acharya Gate and Buddha Chaitya. It is nearly three kilometers from Raxaul and serves as the major entry point to Nepal from India. Raxaul is well linked up with Calcutta and Patna. It is undoubtly the biggest transit point in Nepal and is more useful as it is well linked up with other major cities like Kathmandu, Biratnagar and Bhaktapur. Birgunjk being a border town has multi lingual, multi ethnic groups and multi cultural outlook. Language for communication is Nepali, Maithali, Newari, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Urdu and Hindi. The town like all other towns of Nepal has unique architecture that is an amalgamation of various styles. Options of trekking, mountaineering, religious tour, casino tour, leisure tour, adventure tour and mountain biking are there for tourist. Specialized tour of birding or angling tour is some of the tour conducted by the tourism agents of Nepal. The heat and noise is high at Birganj. There are some interesting buildings dotted around with the fanciful clock towering the centre of town is covered in Buddhist and Hindu iconography and just west is the popular Gahawa Maysan Mandir, sacred to Durga.

Janakpur:
Janakpur DhamJanakpur is also known as Janakpurdham. It is one of the historical and religious cities of Nepal. Janakpur is the administrative headquarters of Dhanusa District and is located about 123 kilometers south - east of Kathmandu. Janakpur is 20 kilometers from the Indian border. As per Hindu mythology Janakpur is also the birthplace of the Goddess Sita and place of her marriage to the God Ram. It is also a city of ponds. Janakpur is also home for Nepal’s only railway and railhead, it a tourist attraction for steam international locomotive enthusiasts. It is home to many annual colourful festivals. Dhanusharather Janakpur in particular is regarded as the world centre of Mithila Culture. Janakpur is located in the Terai region or in the foothills of Himalaya. It is forested and marshy terrain at the base of the Himalaya mountain range with few rivers like Dudhmati, Jalad, Rato, Balan and Kamala crossing the area at various places. It is famous for its temples and the numerous ponds of religious importance. The ponds were polluted and gradually the people are becoming conscious and trying to preserve the 52 gandas or 208 ponds. Nearly two million people in the area still speak Maithili. The people of Mithila are famous for their wildly colorful paintings. Mithila art is primitive and it offers a fascinating window onto rural life in the Terai.
One can see all the five seasons in Janakpur. Spring - mid February to March, summer is April to mid July, monsoon is mid July to mid September, autumn is September to mid November and winter is December to mid February. September to April is pleasant and several festivals fall during this period. Regular bus / Car services are available from Kathmandu and other cities. It has regular flights from Kathmandu. The stay can be arranged as per requirement as there are a number of good hotels and lodges in Janakpur. Religious celebrations include Deepawali, Vijayadashami followed by Chhath Puja (sun worship) six days after Deepawali. Both the festivals Deepawali and Chhath are heavily celebrated with a carnival-like atmosphere and on the full moon day before the festival of Holi, a one-day Parikrama (circumambulation) of the city is celebrated with much fun fair. Nepal is beautiful beside its tourism destination; it is also home to some of the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries that include Chitwan National Park, Rara National, Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu National Park, etc.  This beautiful country is must visit once in a lifetime as the country is globally acclaimed for its not only scenic beauty, heritage attractions, adventure tourism, Leisure holiday, temple tour, but also for its friendly environment, world class accommodation facilities and warm hospitality of the people.

Nepalgunj:
The Western border town of Nepal, Nepalgunj is famous for the exciting treks to the Dopolo plateau and Jumla region. It is the industrial and transport hub of the country, Nepalgunj has various attractions: Gharbaritole, Ganeshpur and Sadar Line to name a few. The border crossing, 6 km south of Nepalganj, is one of a limited number of places where non-Indian foreigners are allowed to cross the border with India. Trek to Mansarovar Lake, MountKailash from Nepalgung is beautiful trek with huge mountains and high altitude. People suffering high altitude sickness should avoid this trek as lack of oxygen is felt in between. You can fly from Nepalgunj to 'Simikot', the nearest air-strip. From Simikot start your trek in the morning. In about 8 hours you will be in 'Dhandkermi' You can camp in 'Kermi' for night stay (Kermi is 1 hour walk from 'Dhandkermi'). 'Kermi' is considered a good place for camping. Second day you can continue From Dhandkermi or Kermi to 'Tumkot' in about 6 to 8 hours and have a night stay.Third day from Tumkot one can reach 'Yari' in about 5 hours or to 'Thado dhunga' 1.5 hours from 'Yari'. Guest can stay in hotels in Yari. This area is of high altitude (about 3800 metres) so some sensitive people may feel lack of oxygen. Fourth day start for Nara (2 to 3 hours) It is highest point on this trek so everyone feels lack of oxygen. Better trek here slowest possible. The altitude is about 4550 metres. From here now you will descend to 'Hilsa'. Hilsa is Nepal side town of the Nepal-China border. To proceed to Mansarovar lake in China passport and Visa for China is required.After immigration process taxis in Shera the border town of China and take you to 'Taklakot'. From Taklakot, Mansarovar is about 2.5 to 3 hours away. Guest can go ahead for Mount Kailash. It is about 3 hours drive to 'Darchen' the bottom ofMount Kailash. It takes about 14 hours to take round of Mount Kailash. Remember there is no hotel in this area.

Lumbini:
Lumbini - Birth Place of Lord BuddhaLumbinī literally means the lovely. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal and it is said that this is place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama. He was popularly known as Gautama Buddha who founded the Buddhist tradition. The Buddha lived between roughly 563 and 483 B C. 
Lumbini is one of four major pilgrim centers for Buddhist. The other is Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya and Sarnath. Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. It is situated about 22 kilometers from Bhairahawa or Siddharthanagar. It is below the Churia range and 24 kilometers south from the foothills of the Himalayas. It is situated on the western bank of TelarRiver in Rupandehi district of Lumbini zone in Nepal. It is about 300 kilometers west of capital city Kathmandu. Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi Terai districts of Lumbini Zone are close to Lumbini. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple. Places to visit also include Puskarini or Holy Pond where Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath. Another tourist spot if significance is Kudan where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha. It is about 4 ½ kilometers south of Tilaurakot. Niglihawa is situated about 32 kilometers northwest of Lumbini where Emperor Ashoka visited Niglisagar during his pilgrimage, built a stupa and set up a pillar. Nearly 31 kilometers west of Lumbini is Gotihawa and is considered a very important religious site for Buddhists. This spot where the Krakuchanda Buddha, who came before Sakyamuni Buddha, was born and attained nirvana.

Patan:
Patan Durbar SquarePatan is only five kilometers and is situated in the south-western part of Kathmandu valley and officially known as the Lalitpur sub - metropolitan city; it is also is one of the major cities of Nepal and is spread over 16 square kilometers. Several historical records indicate that Patan is the oldest of all the cities of Kathmandu Valley. According to Kirat chronicle, Patan was founded by Kirat rulers long before the Licchavi rulers came in Kathmandu Valley. Actually Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan are the three settlements nearby and each place has its own beauty. Patan is a valley of Buddhist monuments, Hindu temples and fine wood carvings. Lalitpur is another name of this city which 'means the city of art, culture and beauty'. The city is known as the paradise of fine arts. Patan is also known as Manigal. Known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts, this destination is a must see. Patan is also called as the city of festival, feast and fine ancient art. One more beauty is the making of metallic and stone carving by artisans of the region. Important monument of the city is Patan Durbar Square, which has been listed by UNESCO as one of seven sites that make up the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site. Royal palace with intricately carved doors and windows and beautiful courtyards adorned with exquisite icons enhance the beauty of the city. Such art pieces are found in stone, metal, terracotta, ivory water conduits, stone spouts, Jaladroni (water tanks), artistic gate ways, Hindu temples and Buddhist Vihars adorn the city. Nepal is beautiful beside its tourism destination; it is also home to some of the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries that include Chitwan National Park, Rara National, Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu National Park, etc.  This beautiful country is must visit once in a lifetime as the country is globally acclaimed for its not only scenic beauty, heritage attractions, adventure tourism, Leisure holiday, temple tour, but also for its friendly environment, world class accommodation facilities and warm hospitality of the people.

Bhaktapur:
Bhaktapur Durbar SquareSituated in the east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley is this beautiful city called Bhaktapur. It is known by many names as the City of Devotees or the City of Culture or the Living Heritage or the Cultural Gem of Nepal. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Traffic free and the cobblestone streets link a string of temples, courtyards and monumental squares and the sideways are dotted with shrines, wells and water tanks makes this a pleasure and  enjoyable walking. The cultural life is quite vibrant with centuries-old traditions of craftsmanship. It has communities of potters, woodcarvers and weavers. The others are Kathmandu and Patan. Kathmandu or Kantipur, Patan or Lalitpur and Bhadgaon or Bhaktapur are all close by and worth visiting. Every site has its own Durbar Squareor the old palace with its temples and palaces. This epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. Practically all these destination is an open air art gallery with various sacred shrines scattered throughout. Some of the important religious sites in the area include Chyasin Mandap, Siddhi Laxmi Temple, Chatu Brahma Mahavihar, Indrayani Temple,Balakhu Ganesh Temple, Shiva Temple, Vatsala Temple, Bhandarkhal Complex, Tripura - Sundari Temple and the Char Dham. These places can be covered in local sightseeing tour. Bhaktapur is beautiful destination and has quite a number of options for tourists. Monuments, mostly terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces, temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. It is situated in the historic route between India and Tibet. It is surrounded by mountains and provides visitors with a magnificent view of the Himalayan range. Nagarkot is nestled at an elevation of 2195 meter to the north east corner of Bhaktapur at distance of nearly 20 kilometers. Famous for its panoramic view of mountains, sun rise and sun set. Bhaktapur is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa with tourism accounts for about 60 per cent of its revenue. Cars are allowed in Durbar Square and no heavy vehicles are allowed in the square as grains laid out to dry in the sun, people collecting water or washing under the communal taps, dyed yarns hung out to dry, children's playing games, fascinating shops and women pounding grain are views one come across during the visit through the valley. Nepal is beautiful beside its tourism destination; it is also home to some of the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries that include Chitwan National Park, Rara National, Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu National Park, etc.  This beautiful country is must visit once in a lifetime as the country is globally acclaimed for its not only scenic beauty, heritage attractions, adventure tourism, Leisure holiday, temple tour, but also for its friendly environment, world class accommodation facilities and warm hospitality of the people.

Gorkha:
King Prithvi Narayan Shah the founder of modern Nepal was born in Gorkha. Gorkha can be reached in about six hours by road from Kathmandu and four hours from Pokhara. A 25 kilometer road off the main highway connecting Pokhara and Kathmandu brings you to an ancient Gorkha - the untouched and captivating town of Nepal. The small town of Gorkha lays 142 kilometers North West of the capital Kathmandu and is easily reached within four to five hours by bus. The 106 kilometers from Pokhara to Gorkha takes just four hours.
The great King Prithvi Narayan Shah unifying the Nepal in the eighteenth century succeeded in conquering theKathmandu valley. Since the capital of Nepal was shifted to Kathmandu. But this beautiful township has always remained as the center of attraction for many. Situated on a hill with the snowy peaks of the Himalaya in the background is a beautiful old palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There are two beautiful temples of Gorakhanath and Kali inside the palace worth visiting. Gorkha lies midway between Pokhara and Kathmandu. It is also the home of the legendary Gorkha warriors. The town was once the capital of Nepal and housed the Palace of the great King Prithvi Shah. Apart from the Palace and temples, the natural beauty also makes it a favorite with tourist and trekkers.
Trek or Hike one thousand seven hundred steps (1700), in about two hours to the Gorkha Palace is on the top of a hill. The view from the summit will be worth the climb. If the sky is cloudless and there is no fog, you can see theHimalayas. The palace is embellished with wooden carvings and engravings. Trekkers can find many lovely trails originating from Gorkha like the Gorkha - Pokhara route or go on daytrips to nearby Luitel and Ghatpokhari. The most popular trekking from Gorkha is to Pokhara, which is of 10 days. First day complete sightseeing of the Gorkha palace, second day onwards trekking from Gorkha - Luitel - Hirmantar - Tarughat - Besisahar - Ghattekhola - Gharpokhari - Rupatal - then arrive Pokhara on the 10th day.

Nagarkot:
Historically it use to serve as the summer retreat for the royal family and other aristocrats fromKathmandu. The town offers great views of the mountains and there are few monasteries and temples. Nepal is one of the most sought after tourist destinations. Nagrakot is close to Kathmandu. For mountain viewing in the KathmanduValley, Nagarkot is usually considered to be the best. The views can be captured from Dhaulagiri in the west toKanchenjunga in the east. Best one can be captured on a clear day Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) is at its best. One can also view Manaslu (8463 meters), Ganesh Himal (7111 meters), Lhotse (8516 meters), Cho Oyu (8201 meters),Makalu (8463 meters) and Langtang (7246 meters). Most of the tourist visit Nagarkot in the afternoon, stay in a hotel and then get up at dawn to see the Himalaya Mountains during the sunrise.

Nagarkot visit from Kathmandu stay is preferable. It is 32 kilometers east of Kathmandu, on the northeast edge of the Valley. Nagrakot is situated at an elevation of nearly 2175 meters. It is best to view the mountains in the early morning or doring sunset. Most of the hotels or resorts have good views. It is suppose to be the second highest peak inKathmandu. It also serves as a good short hike, one in which you walk on the ridge of the valley. It takes just less than three hours to walk down a well-worn trail through several villages to Bhaktapur. It has also become a popular stop for mountain bikers. Nagarkot is an hour’s drive away from the city proper. It has a congenial climate and is slightly colder than Kathmandu. The best time to visit the hill top is between October and March when the skies are mostly clear. Nagarkot offers a magnificent view of the breathtaking Himalayan peaks of Nepal including the famous Mount Everest. Kathmandu is nearly 35 kilometers away from Nagarkot, Pokhara is 140 Kilometers and Chitwan is 245 kilometers. Kathmandu is the nearest airport to Nagarkot. The best way to reach Nagarkot is by hiring taxis, cars or buses. There are shuttle buses as well which operate for the tourists. From the international airport it takes around 40 minutes to reach the place. It is surrounded by thickly forested hills of pine trees which give you an idyllic escape with only the wind and the sound of rustling leaves. Changu Narayan is one of the most magnificent temples designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Present structure was built in the early 1700's. But at the entrance of the main shrine are stone tablets with the inscriptions dating to 400 AD. At the entrance is a 5th century statue of Garuda. Suppose to be the mount of Vishnu known as Narayan. Quite a number of fine statues from the Licchavi era, as well as several from the more recent Malla period can be found here. There is also a statue of the King Bupatindra and his queen in an enclosure from the 17th century. 

Dhulikhel:
DhulikhelDhulikhel is a beautiful destination close to Kathmandu. In earlier days Dhulikhel was an ideal location to stop for overnight stay while going to Tibet or coming back to Kathmandu. Dhulikel is a small settlement nearly 30 kilometers from Kathmandu and is situated  at an elevation of nearly 1650 meters. Dhulikhel offers superb views of the Himalayan range. Dhulikhel was for many centuries a trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. One day walk from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel was comfortable for Tibet trippers with easily available of food and water at Dhulikhel at the evening for overnight stay. Dhulikhel is situated at the foothills of the Panchkhal valley, about 21 miles east of Kathmandu on the Chinese-built Arniko Highway which leads to Tibet. Spectacular snowfed mountains seen from Dhuklikhel is one of the finest panoramic views in the world. Dhulikhel is a stage of immense beauty and a paradise for nature lovers. 
The panorama offers a majestic undisturbed view of the Himalayan ranges stretching from Mount Annapurna in the far west to Mount Karolung in the Far East. More than twenty Himalayan peaks including Mount Annapurna (8091 meters), Mount Ganesh, Himal (7429 meters), Mount Langtang (7234 meters), Mount Phuribichyachu (6637 meters), Mount Gaurishanker (7134 meters), Mount Lhotse (2516 meters) and many others can be seen in their full glory from the different vantage points of Dhulikhel. The view surprise tourist with an unforgettable experience for lifetime.