Walking to Panauti
From the Namobuddha stupa you can hike directly to Panauti in two hours, although you'll miss beautiful Balthali. A trail descends from the right side through forest to the small village of Sankhu (distinct from the other village called Sankhu in the northeastern valley), with temples and riverside ghats. Shortly after the track splits: the right fork leads to Batase and Dhulikhel, while the left fork winds past terraced fields to Sunthan and Panauti. As you approach Panauti, cross the stream over a suspension bridge to the ghats and then follow the road as it curves round to the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, Panauti's main sight.