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Sankhu

Getting there & away

Buses and minibuses to Sankhu leave from Kathmandu's City (Ratna Park) bus station (Rs 15 to Rs 20, one hour) and pass a major checkpoint. The last bus back to Kathmandu leaves Sankhu around 6pm.

It's easy to reach Sankhu by bicycle from Kathmandu (20km). The road is sealed and flat (with a few minor exceptions), and it's an attractive and interesting ride, once you get past Jorpati. Figure on a 1½-hour ride (11.5km) from Bodhnath.

For a loop trip it's possible (in the dry season at least) to cross the Manohara River near Bramhakhel and climb to the fascinating Changu Narayan Temple. For a longer loop you could cycle or bus to Nagarkot and then cycle or walk down from there.