Welcome to Budhanilkantha
The Kathmandu Valley is awash with ancient temples and sacred sites, but Budhanilkantha is a little bit special. For one thing, it lies off the main traveller circuit, so most visitors are local devotees. This gives Budhanilkantha a uniquely mystical air – come on a busier day and you'll discover butter lamps flickering in the breeze, incense curling through the air, and devotees tossing tika powder around like confetti. For both devotees and sightseers, the focus is the impressive 5m-long reclining statue of Vishnu that floats in a sacred tank in the middle of the village.