The Valley Fringe attractions

Buddhist Monastery in Namobuddha

Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery

At the top of Namobuddha hill, the magnificent Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery is a sprawling Tibetan Buddhist monastic complex with gleaming golden arched roofs, officially opened in December 2008. Over 250 monks l…
Viewpoint in Nagarkot

Lookout Tower

A popular spot to soak in the Himalayan splendour is this tower, perched at 2164m on a ridge, although the rising vegetation can obscure the vista. It’s around an hour’s walk (4km) south from the village, and best a…
Hindu Temple in Panauti

Indreshwar Mahadev Temple

Panauti’s most famous temple is set in a vast courtyard full of statuary on the isthmus between the Roshi and Pungamati rivers; some earthquake damage is still visible. Topped by a three-storey pagoda roof, the temp…
Buddhist Stupa in Namobuddha

Namobuddha Stupa

Along with Bodhnath and Swayambhunath, the Namobuddha Stupa is one of the three most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal, attracting large numbers of Tibetans from Nepal, India and Tibet itself.
Hindu Temple in Dhulikhel

Shiva Temple

If you take the road leading southeast from the bottom of the town square for 2km, you’ll pass a playing field and the turn-off to the Kali Temple. Just beyond this junction, a Ganesh shrine marks the path down to a…
Hindu Temple in Dhulikhel

Kali Temple

If you don’t mind a steep 30-minute climb, you can head up a series of switchbacks on concrete steps to reach this modern hilltop temple (also called 'Thousand Steps Temple' for obvious reasons) for excellent mounta…
Hindu Temple in Panauti

Brahmayani Temple

Dating from the 17th century, the three-tiered Brahmayani Temple was built to honour Brahmayani, the chief goddess of the village. The image from the temple is hauled around town during the lively annual chariot fes…
Statue in The Valley Fringe

Kailashnath Mahadev

Lording it over the small village of Sanga, on the main road between Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel, is Kailashnath Mahadev, a 43.5m-high Shiva statue said to be the tallest in the world. Completed in 2010, the statue may …
Buddhist Statue in Nagarkot

Nagarkot Buddha Peace Garden

If you like climbing Mayan pyramids you will enjoy the steep climb up the stone steps to the garden atop this shrine. The central attraction is a massive gold Buddha, although the views of the adjacent valley, a com…
Hindu Temple in Panauti

Krishna Narayan Temple

The junction of the Roshi and Pungamati rivers, just behind the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple, is covered by the shrines and statues of the Krishna Narayan Temple.There are also temples to various incarnations of Vishnu…