Welcome to Panauti


Panauti was also once a trading capital, as revealed by several Rana-era mansions restored by the French government. Squint at the merchants lining the street and you can cast your mind back hundreds of years. But when you open your eyes amid today's widespread decay, you'll undoubtedly feel a twinge of melancholy, for while there are some interesting sights in this Newari town, it was clearly much better off centuries ago.


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$34 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Bhaktapur and Panauti from Kathmandu

Once you are picked up at a designated meeting point, you will then travel to Bhaktapur, located about 7 miles (12km) outside of the Kathmandu.Bhaktapur is a fascinating, UNESCO-protected Newari city, consisting of three squares, shrines, and temples. You will walk around the Bhaktapur´s Durbar Square to enjoy arts, crafts, and architecture from the medieval period. You will be able to admire the Golden Gate, Window Palace, and  Naytapola. After Bhaktapur, you will head to another legendary town: Panauti. Panauti has a strong farmer tradition, so you will always be surrounded by greenery, which only enhances the beauty of pagodas and temples. It is a melting pot of Hinduism and Buddhism. In Panauti, you can share a happy-local-lunch with entrepreneurs (women only) of Panauti Community Homestay. It is the best opportunity to interact with happy people of Nepal. (Note: Lunch is not included in the price)Afterwards, you will be dropped-off back at the meeting point.

$85 Outdoor Activities

Community Hike - Sanga to Panauti

Once you are picked up at the appointed meeting point at 9 am, you will be transported to Sanga, the starting point of the hike, which is just on the eastern edge of the Kathmandu Valley - better renowned for the tallest Shiva statue [one of the third holy Gods in Hinduism] in the world. After a steep ascent for about half an hour, the hike mostly flattens out and takes walkers along ridgelines with steep drops below, views of rice fields and farmland, the beautiful sight of the town, Banepa, on the horizon and spectacular view of the Himalayan range, above. Tamang communities are the indigenous and guardian to this route. 'Tamang' which translates to 'Horse Warriors' in the Tibetan language, used to engage themselves as border patrol in the 8th century to protect Tibet, Tibetan monarchy, and its people. Followers of 'Bon' Dharma, an aspect of Tibetan Buddhism; a much-related culture to the ancient Tibet can be witnessed in this hilly trekking route. However, this hike ends in a completely different cultural destination, Panauti. During the hiking route, already you passed through the Braham's community, who is a member of the highest Hindu caste, but your hike takes a final rest in the Newar community. Renowned for being an artistically blessed ethnicity, Newars have decorated Panauti with the phenomena of master skills of handicraft and metalworks. Enjoy your short visit to the temples of the Panauti, and dine with the family members of the Panauti Community Homestay to call off your beautiful day.

$25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full Day Sanga, Panauti and Dhulikhel Tour

9:30 Am: Pick from your Hotel 0r Airport and Start sightseeing tour.Sanga (Kailashnath Mahadev):Kailashnath Mahadev Statue is the world’s tallest Shiva statue; according to the List of statues by height, Kailashnath Mahadev is the world’s fortieth-tallest statue, four places below the Statue of Liberty. It is situated in Sanga, the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchwok districts in Nepal which is about 20 km from Kathmandu. The statue is 144 feet high and made using copper, zinc, concrete and steel. According to the List of statues by height, Kailashnath Mahadev is the world’s fortieth-tallest statue, four places below the Statue of Liberty. Panauti:Panauti, situated at the confluence of the two rivers Rosi and Punyamati, has been regarded as an important religious site since very early times. In Nepali society, such rivers are considered to be sacred. A visit or just an ablution to such places enables the visitor to be freed from many sins and anxieties, as it is believed to be sacred. Moreover, it is also believed that at Panauti, in addition to aforesaid two rivers, a third river Lilawati also converges making it again a tri-junction called Triveni. However, the last one is said to be visible only to the sheers and the intellectuals. The presence of this at Panauti has added and remarkably enhanced its religious sanctity and popularity as well.Dhulikhel:Dhulikhel is an ancient small hill town famous for being a well-preserved Newari town, mountain viewpoint, and hiking destination. But its popularity is fading as modernization takes its toll. It lies at the relatively low elevation of 1,550m/5,085, making it warmer than Nagarkot. The oldest area of the town, the southern part, is an assembly of fine old Newari houses, often occupied by 20 or more members of Newarifamilies. They may not all have hot water or modern furniture, but they have their culture and a welcoming atmosphere. Their most valuable assets are the beautifully carved windows and doors, fine examples of traditional Newari craftsmanship 

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Namo Buddha Full-Day Tour from Kathmandu

Namo Buddha is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Your full-day guided tour takes you to the Buddhist pilgrimage site situated on the hilltop of Panauti in Kavre District. The main attraction of your tour at Namo Buddha is the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery where young monks study. Hiking to Namo Buddha is easy and ideal if you strive to walk for at least few hours. Your tour begins with a 1.5-hour drive to Dhapasi through the village of Panauti. You will then begin an easy hike through several small villages and paddy fields. You will encounter local villager's engaged in their daily life cultivating the fields. You will hike for 1 hour uphill to reach the wonderful stupa of Namo Buddha. After lunch (own expense) hike back to the starting point before returning to Kathmandu.

$775 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Kathamandu Valley Rim Trekking 8 days

This is a fantastic hike from Kathmandu. Few people trek around Kathmandu valley. Yet it offers a rich insight into the lives, history, culture and religion of its inhabitants. You will walk mostly shivapuri watershed forests and villages during your trekking time. Shivapuri hill (2729m) is the highest point of this trekking. From the top of Shivapuri, can see western mountain Manaslu, Boudha himal, Ganesh himal range, Langtang range, Dorjeelakpa, shisapangma and Gaurishankar.Since Shivapuri lies in the transition zone between subtropical and temperate climate, the vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types, depending on altitude variation.. Most of the areas below 1800m are covered with Schima castanopsis forest in which pines (Pinus roxburghii) appear on the southern dry ridges, with Utis (Alnus nepalensis) along the streams. A forest of oak species such as Quercus semicarpifolia and Quercus lamelosa mixed with rhododendron and a variety of orchids flourish on the northern slopes. A variety of medicinal herbs is found at higher altitudes. A hundred and twenty nine species of mushrooms have been so far identified and catalogued from the Shivapuri National Park.In short we can see more than 60 peaks from here. And other mountains can be seen and another gain of this trekking is to reach Nagarkot which is the most popular point for viewing, terrace, river and beautiful scenery green hill.Itinerary:Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345 meters).Day 02    Sightseeing in Kathmandu  City We take you to the Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will visit Kumari - the Living Goddess of Nepal, Legendary Kasthamandap Temple, Hanuman Dhoka Palace and many other shrines. Day 03   Kathmandu to Sundarijal - Chisapani. 5 hours Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal which takes approximately one hour and trek from Sunjdarijal to Chisapani.Day 04: Chisapani to Nagarkot 7 hoursIn the morning you are attracted by the northern mountain views. You will continue the charming trails leading you toward Nagarkot. Nagarkot, (2175m) is by far one of the most popular destination. Day 05: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1440m.) 4 hoursWe can see an impressive vista of the snowy central Himalayas making a backdrop to the gentle hills. local lifestyle, old Newari culture.Day 06: Dhulikhel to Panauti.1000m-5 hoursTrek to Namo Buddha, and continue toward Panauti. Day 07: Panauti  to Kathmandu 5 hours Today we drive from Panauti  to Kathmandu via  Bhaktapur City.  Day 08: DepartureTransfer to the airport according to your departure time for the next destination

$54 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Half Day Panauti Tour in Kathmandu Nepal

The Private Half Day Panauti Tour takes you to a little visited, but truly amazing collection of temples in the Kathmandu Valley. Located near the southeastern hills that surround the Valley, there are two rivers that come together at Panauti. According to Hindu holy men, there is a third underground river that comes to join the other two rivers, with connections to the Sacred Ganges River in India. The mixing of the waters creates a most holy place. Panauti has been under consideration to become the 8th UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kathmandu Valley. It’s unique temples, created by Newari craftsmen as their place of worship are built compactly. There are a variety of temples with their wonderful carvings situated on both sides of the rivers. Here you can take time to look closely at the art, including unique murals dating back centuries. Because it is not yet a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you will not see many visitors. Instead, it is the local people coming to offer puja (worship) in moments of sacredness. The worship here is truly reflective of the Newari people who call this place home. Your professional, government licensed city guide will be able to explain the history of Panauti as well as the significance of each of the temples. Sit under a sacred tree and contemplate the spirituality that will touch the soul. Breath in the crisp air free from the pollution that lingers over the more populated areas of the Kathmandu Valley. You will not want to leave when your time is up because of the blessings you may receive. It’s a wonderful half day, with private car to take you from your hotel to Panauti and back again. The Panauti Day Tour is a nice add on experience to any trip to the Kathmandu Valley.