Dhulikhel is one of the more popular places from which to observe the high Himalaya. From the edge of the ridge, a stunning panorama of peaks unfolds, from Langtang Lirung (23,710ft/7227m) in the west, through Dorje Lakpa (22,854ft/6966m) to the huge bulk of Gauri Shankar (23,405ft/7134m) and nearby Melungtse (23,560ft/7181m), and as far as Numbur (19,505ft/5945m) in the east. The most common itinerary is two nights with a side trip to the sacred stupa at Namobuddha, a 7 mile (12km) drive or three-hour walk south.

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.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Dhulikhel.