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ACTIVITIES AROUND DHULIKHEL

Namobuddha Walk

The full-day walk to one of the main stupas visited by Tibetans is a pleasant hike through fields and villages. A short drive after breakfast takes you to Dhulikhel. From here you will walk about thirty minutes up to Devistan, a small temple and excellent spot from which to view the Himalaya. After a short descent, a gradual climb of about ninety minutes brings you to Phulbari and a picnic lunch with panoramic mountain views. Then it’s a ten minute walk to the legendary Namobuddha Stupa. Here, according to local legend, a prince discovered a starving tigress about to devour a boy. Out of compassion the prince offered his body to the tigress in the boy’s place. His remains are said to be enshrined in the main stupa. After exploring the area a walk of about two and a half hours takes you down to the charming medieval village of Panauti, a treasure house of ancient Newari architecture. From Panauti you will be driven back to the resort.

Manegaon Walk

This full-day walk is a great chance to explore the countryside and visit areas not often frequented by tourists. After breakfast a short drive takes you to the trailhead. The trail gradually ascends to about 7,000 feet, where a grand view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks and the Panchkhal Valley are spread before you. Relax and take photos, then descend to Sashipani and a picnic lunch. After lunch follow the trail for about ninety minutes to Manegaon. You will explore the village and surrounding area, including ancient monasteries, and then continue on to the Panchkhal Valley for the vehicle that will take you back to the resort.

Palanchowk Walk

This half-day walk combines breathtaking mountain views with a visit to a sacred temple. Following breakfast you will drive about one hour to Palanchowk. Here you will visit the Bhagawati Temple, which houses one of the most beautiful and important Bhagawati statue in Nepal. The stunning statue is carved on a black stone and decked with jewelry. From your hilltop vantage point you will have a spectacular view of the Himalaya and the surrounding valleys. After exploring the mountain village of Palanchowk you will walk down to the Panchkhal valley, following an old path used by local residents. Once you reach the Valley, you will be driven back to the resort.

Dhulikhel/Panauti Walk

The half day walk to Panauti is a delightful way to see the picturesque countryside and affords some excellent mountain views. After breakfast, we will drive till the point in Dhulikhel where we start our walk from. Ascend gradually for about 30 minutes to a ridge from where you will get a scenic view of the mountains. The walk continues along mountain trails for about two hours through the beautiful countryside and serene villages to Panauti. After about 30 minutes of exploring the town, you will be driven back to the resort.

Baralgaon/Tinpipal Walk

A half day walk to Baralaon and Tinpipal is a pleasant way to see village lifestyles. You will walk to the predominantly Brahmin and Chhetri village of Baralgaon. After exploring the village, a walk of about two and a half hours along ridges and through fields with views of green valleys and snow-capped peaks takes you to Tinpipal. From here you will be driven back to the resort.

Kodari and the Tibetan border Excursions

On the full day drive to Kodari and the Tibetan border you follow the path of traders who once plied the route between Lhasa and Kathmandu. The scenic eighty-kilometer road winds through the Panchkhal Valey, across the Indrawati and Sun Kosi rivers through typical Nepali villages. For much of the trip you will drive along the Bhote Kosi River, which originates in Tibet. At Kodari you can look across the Friendship Bridge to Tibet and the town of Khasa. On your journey back a picnic lunch on the Bhote Kosi at the beautiful Sukute riverside bank is a pleasant stop. You will return to the Resort in time for a spectacular Himalayan sunset.