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Unlike that other popular viewpoint, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel is also a real Newari town, with a temple-lined village square and a life outside of tourism.


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$110 Tours & Sightseeing

Explore Namo Buddha Day Tour in Dhulikhel

We will meet at Tridevi Marg Thamel in front of Himalayan bank in Kathmandu at 9:00 AM and transferred to Dhulikhel - a small town situated about 30 km Southeast of Kathmandu at 1550 meters altitude. It used to be a popular trading route from Nepal to Tibet in ancient times. It's a perfect exotic destination for cultural enthusiasts. From here you will enjoy a magnificent view of Himalayan range, including Ganesh Himal (7429 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Lantang Himal (7234 m), Gaurishanker Himal (7134 m), lush hills, agriculture terrace and typical villages.The town is designed based on Hindu philosophy with the position, shape, scale and dominance between houses, temples, public squares - all have their own meaning. Most valuable assets here are fine arts, handicraft, and wood carving. There are numerous Hindu temples and Buddhist stupa. Narayan temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna and Harisiddhi temple are situated in the center of the town while Bhawati temple is located in Western part and Gaukhureshour Mahadev Temple lies in the Eastern part of the town. Namo Buddha is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal for Buddhist devotees. One of three main stupas was built in Kathmandu Valley on bones and hair of Prince Mahasatttav on the slope of Ganda Mala hill. The locals call it Namo Buddha, which literally means homage to Lord Buddha. A small stupa located at same hill with cave of the tigress. Thrabgu Tashi Yangtse monastery built in East side of the hill. The tour concludes at the Tridevi Marg Thamel.

$315 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 3-Day Scenic Nepal Trek from Kathmandu

Day 01: Drive to Nagarkot Hill station and explore nearby villages with sunset viewIn the morning, you will meet your escort trek guide at hotel lobby. You will drive to Nagarkot hill station located 38 kms east to Kathmandu valley. The drive will take approximately 1.5 hours along a winding mountainous road. Upon reaching the Nagarkot hotel, your guide will assist you with check-in. After sometime, your guide will take you to a nearby area for short hike to explore local villages. You will also enjoy the sunset view over Central Himalayan Ranges from nearest view point. You will walk for 3-4 hours depending upon your pace. You will return to the hotel for your overnight stay. Overnight: Bhangeri Durbar Resort or similar (Standard Hotel)Day 02: Hike to Nala village and drive to Dhulikhel (B,L)Early in the morning, you will enjoy a magnificent sunrise from your hotel. Nagarkot offers the broadest view of the mountain ranges 8 Himalayan ranges among 13 ranges of Nepal. This includes Annapurna range, Manaslu range, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling, Everest range and Number range with view of Kathmandu valley floor and Shivapuri National Park. Breakfast will be served at the hotel this morning. After breakfast, you will start your trek escorted by your guide who will meet you at hotel. A packed picnic lunch will be arranged by your hotel. Your trekking trail is mostly downhill inside the forest and green belt where you will pass ancient settlements on the middle hill region. Explore the lifestyle, villages and traditional culture of the local people especially dotted with Newars, Tamang, Bhramin and Chettri along the route. Upon arrival at Nala village, visit Nala Karunamaya, a popular Buddhist site and Nala Bhagawati temple (Kali temple). The total walking hours today will be 6 hours. Meet your vehicle at Nala and drive to Dhulikhel. If you wish to walk further, then you can trek another 1.5 hours to Dhulikhel. Overnight: Dhulikhel Lodge Resort or similar (Standard Hotel) Day 03: Explore Dhulikhel and drive back Kathmandu (B)After breakfast at the hotel, you will explore ancient Dhulikhel town located on hill ridge. Your guide will take you to old market area covering major attractions such as temples and traditional houses. Dhulikhel is located on the trade route of Nepal and Tibet also known as the “Silk Road” which links China with Tibet to Nepal, India and other South Asian countries. After visiting, you will check-out from your hotel and drive back to Kathmandu. You will get transferred to your hotel located at Thamel area or Kathmandu Airport. The driving time will be around 1.5 hours.

$135 Outdoor Activities

Breakfast on Mountain with Easy Hiking from Kathmandu

Your day starts with Morning pick up from your centrally located hotel in kathmandu by scenic drive which is about one and half hour drive to get Nagarkot when you get to Nagarkot (2175). You get to sight the most fascinating and mesmerizing view of the sunrise from the hill station as well as an amazing 360 degree view of Himalaya’s range. After breakfast, we start our day hike to Dhulikhel. Along the trail you will be amaze to see the local people style and beautiful landscapes. You will see the beautiful landscape and insights into the religious prospects in Nepal. You also get to bask in the splendors of cultural richness.Your day trip ends when you get back from kathmandu. 

$28 Day Trips & Excursions

NAMOBUDDHA DAY EXCURSION

9:30 Am: Pick from your Hotel tour and Drive to Namobuddha [45 Km/ 2 Hrs Drive]Start our tour with pleasant drive to Dhulikhel. After Dhulikhel, 6/7 Kilometre of dirt road driving will bring us in Namobudhha. At the top of hill, magnificent Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery will catch eyes immediately. A Tibetan Buddhhist temple with sprawling monastic complex which was officially open for the tourist in 2008. Namobudhha is one of the three most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites along with Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath. An inspiring legend about the Budhha, makes this site a great holy place for Buddhist people. According to the legend, Lord Budhha in his previous life was a prince, encountered an ill tigress while walking in the forest, that was close to death from starvation and unable to feed her cubs . With his compassion act, lord Budhha allowed to consume himself to starving tigress family. He then transported to the higher realms of existence with this did. In a small cave up to the forested path, just left of the stupa, a marble tablet depicts all the event.[Note: Drive Pass by Bhaktapur District, Sanga Mahadev and Banepa.] 

$108 Outdoor Activities

Dhulikhel and Namo Buddha Day Hiking Trip from Kathmandu

The tour begins with a morning pick-up from your hotel in Kathmandu. Drive from Kathmandu for about one and half hours to Dhulikhel, which is 35 kilometers east of Kathmandu, your first destination where you will be enjoying the real boon of nature being away from the busy of the city. Dhulikhel is renowned traveler terminus adjacent to Kathmandu which is still subsequent to the Newari culture as well as tradition characteristically. We reached a temple that was situated at the eastern side of the Dhulikhel bazaar. The Kali temple was guarded by armies because of insurgency; after some exchange of introduction they allowed us to pay homage to Goddess Durga. You can enjoy with the mountain view of langtang, Dorjelakpa, Gaurishankar. It offers to see you a unique opportunity to explore the myriad wonders of nature and the awe inspiring majesty and beauty of dramatic mountain views of langtang himal, Dorjelakpa himal, Gaurishankar himalaya. From Dhulikhel, drive about 45 mins to reach hiking trail to Namo Buddha. We hike all the way through beautiful scenery of emerald hills, pine forest, and rural villages and of course the superb Mountain View up to Namo Buddha.Namo Buddha is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The mythology about Namo Buddha is that the Buddha in his previous life feeds his own flesh to a hungry tigress tormented by starvation, and this Stupa remained underground for centuries. One fine day Buddha Shakyamuni came to this place and got attracted by protuberance and as soon as he clapped his hand the Stupa appeared miraculously. Our hike to this holy land is very relaxing and easy. The whole trial winds around beautiful villages, along the foothill, riverbanks, gorgeous rice and millet fields, dense forests, and magnificent panorama of the landscape of the mother earth wrapping this wonderful place.After making some detours in and around the area here, enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant and then you will drive to Kathmandu via Dhulikhel which takes about one & half hours.

$105 Private & Custom Tours

Private Sunrise or Sunset Tour of Dhulikhel with return transfers from Kathmandu

Pick-up from your hotel in Kathmandu city, and head to the tour commencement location in Dhulikhel. Distance from Kathmandu city to Dhulikhel is approx 30 kms and driving time is approx one hour and fifteen minutes. Dhulikhel is situated 30 kilometres to the east of Kathmandu at the foothills of the Panchkhal valley and is an old Newari town. It is accessed via the Arniko Highway that connects Kathmandu with the Tibetan border town of Kodari and takes about one hour to drive from Kathmandu. The panorama view from Dhulikhel (5086 feet / 1550 meters) offers a majestic undisturbed views 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 Mt. Annapurna (8091 m), Mt. Ganesh Himal (7429 m), Mt. Langtang (7234 m), Mt. Phuribichyachu (6637 m), Mt. Gaurishanker (7134 m), Mt. Lhotse (2516 m) and many others can be seen in their full glory (on a clear day) from the different vantage points in Dhulikhel.The eco-himalayan atmosphere will surprise anyone an unforgettable experience in lifetime. Dhulikhel is an exotic place to magnify a dramatic and beautiful changing color of the mountain range from gray to silver and to gold with the rising of the sun. Both sunrise and sunset views are really breathtaking and sensational. To enjoy the best mountain views, one should get up at dawn and watch the changing light as the sun reaches the southern side of the mountains. Get a change to interact with village locals and get an insight into village life. Thereafter head for breakfast (sunrise tour) or evening snack and tea (sunset tour) to a nice restaurant with options of both local and continental dishes. Later transfer by vehicle back to your hotel in Kathmandu city. Please find below an approximate guide to timing for sunrise and sunset. Pick-up time from Kathmandu will accordingly be one hour and fifteen minutes before the time for sunrise or sunset. Sunrise: January (6:50 AM) to March (6:00 AM) April (5:50 AM) to June: (5:15 AM) July (5:15 AM) to September (5:50 AM) October (6:00 AM) to December (6:50 AM) Sunset: January (5:25 PM) to March (6:15 PM) April (6:25 PM) to June: (7:00 PM) July (7:00 PM) to September (6:00 PM) October (5:45 PM) to December (5:00 PM)