Welcome to Bungamati

This historic village is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath, the patron god of Patan, but the enormous shikhara temple that used to house the deity in the main square in Bungamati was shaken to rubble in the earthquake. Nevertheless, the Rato Machhendranath festival, which features a famous chariot parade between Bungamati and Patan continues.

Many locals make a living as woodcarvers, and workshops and showrooms surround the main square, which resonates with the tap-tap of chisels. To reach the square from the bus stand, follow the wide road south, then turn right, and then right again at an obvious junction by a Ganesh shrine.

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$70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bungamati and Khokana Private Half-Day Tour From Kathmandu

Your tour begins with hotel pick-up at your chosen departure time from your centrally located hotel in Kathmandu. Your guide will take you on this 4-hour excursion to Twin village of Bungamati and Khokana, located near Kathmandu valley, exactly south of Patan city.Being so close from Kathmandu valley, Bungamati and Khokana village still preserve its ancient attire and lifestyle. The century old culture and traditions of Newari people reside in this area remain unaffected by modernization.During your excursion, first you will walk through the narrow streets of Bungamati exploring typical local houses with carved windows and doors. Bungamati is also home to Machhandranath, considered as the patron god of Patan city. Annual Machhandranath chariot procession from Patan to Bungamati is a major festival held in the valley. Most of the people in this village engage in traditional wood carving and sculpting.After visit, you can walk or drive to Khokana village. You will visit Karya Binayak temple, which is on the way. The walk from Bungamati to Khakana is through the farmlands where you can witness ancient farming technique and daily life of the local people. Most of the people in Khokana are farmers, hence this village is often known as “Farmers Village of Kathmandu valley”. Khokana is also popular for its ancient way of harvesting and preparing Mustard oil. Windows and balcony of houses decorated with chili, garlic and onion garlands.Your tour ends with a drop-off to your hotel.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Champadevi Pure Nature Day Hiking from Kathmandu

Take an early breakfast and your guide will you pick up by car from your hotel or the designated departure point. After being briefed on the day's activities, drive 30 minutes to your starting point, Lanagol. On your way, you will pass by Kirtipur, a historic and cultural city. You will start seeing views of the mountain and Kathmandu valley.You'll then start to hike up to Champadevi Hill, which begins with a steep path up. Once you start getting higher, you will see an amazing bird's eye view of the valley. The Bagmati River, monkey temple, Patan durbar square, Bungamati and Khokana can be pointed from the route.After about an hour, you will reach pass by a tiny Bosan village where you will see traditional houses of the Tamang people. The hike should be relatively easy for about 45 minutes until you pass through the forested trail. After an hour, you will arrive at Deurali where you can see Ganesh and the Lantang Himalayan Range. From Deurali, you'll hike 1.5 hours to reach the top of Champadevi where you will enjoy the cool air and your packed lunch and refreshments. Take pictures before hiking down to Kirtipur where your car will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

$25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day Exploration in Medieval Villages

Your journey starts with a vantage point where one can behold the entire village of Bungamati and Khokana. It’s very close to the Tibetan refugee Camp of Jawalakhel.. Around 5000 people live in Bungmati and 3000 inhabitants in Khonkana village that offers Bajra Barahi Shrine. Barahi is the designation of one of the Mother Goddesses Ajima. The temple was built 500 years ago. Bungmati is 20 minutes to walking distance from Khokana. In these 2 villages, travelers can explore the typical Newari houses and their lifestyles. Bungamati is still not influenced by the modern society just a few kilometers far from the village; Bungamati shows true beauty of the still living age old culture and civilization. Walking down the lanes of Bungamati, you will see the people are getting involved on the working intricate designs in wood and stone carving. It’s really interesting to see the hanging red chilly garland on the wall of their house. This is why Bungamati and Khokana look always colorful. The Chilly and mustard oil of Khokana is still popular in Kathmandu valley.

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Day tours to Patan Bungamati and Khokana

Patan, Bungamati and KhokanaThe locals call Patan “Lalitpur” which means City of Beauty and also its original Sanskrit name while its Newari name is Yala. Patan is one of beautiful cities known for its amazing handicrafts and arts therefore rightly called the city of Arts! Patan is situated in Lalitpur district only about 5 km away from the capital city, Kathmandu. Long time ago, Patan used to be an independent kingdom of the Kathmandu Valley. Patan is one of beautiful cities known for its amazing handicrafts and arts therefore rightly called the city of Arts! Patan is definitely one amazing city and not to be missed. The tourists know Patan for its ancient Durbar Square, its surrounding busy streets, the Patan Kumari, along stone and metal workings, handicrafts and temples. Since Patan is a melting pot of two influential religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, this city is therefore dotted with full of religious art, temples, and monasteries all around. It has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its outstanding architecture.Both Bungamati and Khokana are small and traditional Newari villages. The villages are situated about 10km away from Kathmandu in Lalitpur district. These villages are perfect if you want to get familiar with Newari tradition, people and their lifestyle. In spite of this ever growing modernization, Bungamati and khokana still remain old fashioned. People here are much unsophisticated, live in a simple house and lead a very simple life. People from these villages are occupied in agriculture.Bungamati is also renowned for Rato Machhendranath temple resided by the famous divinity called Rato Machhendranath. Bungamati is supposed to be birthplace of Rato Machhendranath. The divinity is kept here at Bungamati for the period of six months and for another six months; the divinity is kept at Patan. There is another Rato Machhendranath temple in Patan also. The process of bringing back and forth is executed by a huge celebration. When the festival is held, during this time, the divinity is taken in hand-made chariot being pulled manually by the local volunteers. Bungamati is also renowned for elaborated carving designs in stones or in woods and therefore. Both males and females are actively involved in it and have been passed down from generations.At khokana, the most renowned thing is the Karyabinayak temple dedicated to Hindu god Ganesha. This is considered to be a very scared. People from all over come here to worship and seek blessing prior to any auspicious events. Also Khokana is famous for picnics as there is a beautiful picnic spot located nearby. Another not to be missed out thing at khokana is mustard oil. This place is very famous for getting one of the best and pure mustard oil. Like Bungamati, Khokana too is renowned for elaborated carving designs in stones or in woods; consequently, here too are many craft workshops and showrooms around village.

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