Welcome to Khokana
A medieval Newari town, Khokana is smaller and sleepier than Bungamati, but it’s still worth a quick look, despite much damage to heritage buildings in the 2015 earthquake. The main road leads through the village, which offers a window back in time, with mattress-makers stuffing cases with cotton, farmers baling straw, tailors stitching, and women spinning wool and winnowing rice. In the main village square is the triple-tiered Shekala Mai Temple (also known as Rudrayani), damaged but still standing after the disaster, with carved balconies covered by fretwork screens. The five-day Khokana Jatra festival, with its masked dancers, is usually held in October and is a good time to visit.
You’ll need to pay Rs 100 to visit the town, collected at the tourist information centre. The fee goes to general upkeep of the village’s streets.