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A 45 minute drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel offers the best views of the north eastern Himalaya. Dhulikhel is situated at the foothills of the Panchkhal valley, about 21 miles east of Kathmandu on the Chinese-built Arniko Highway which leads to Tibet. On the way one passes Banepa, another former medieval city-kingdom that once boasted of diplomatic relations with China's Ming dynasty. Old Dhulikhel is a close traditional Newar settlement of remarkable architectural consistency with its four to five-storeyed brick mansions built in an almost Victorian style. Newari woodcraft is also kept alive at Dhulikhel's resorts such as the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort and Himalayan Horizon. Both incorporate traditional style of architecture along with modern amenities. The Dhulikhel resorts all offer panoramic vistas of the snow-capped central Himalaya in contrast to the temperate and lush valley below. Dhulikhel is also a good base for a number of excursions. Most popular is the all-day hike leading to the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha. For centuries Namo Buddha has drawn pilgrims to the sacred spot where, according to legend, Lord Buddha is Said to have sacrificed his own flesh to feed a starving tigress and her cubs. A carved stone slab depicts this Buddhist tale of selfless compassion and sacrifice.

Major Attractions

Namo Buddha Trek
A full day trek takes you on a loop away from the resort and through the picturesque farming villages along the ridge above Dhulikhel to Namo Buddha-a holy sites for Buddhist. This revered Stupa and Monastery is set in the place where the Shakyamuni Buddha fed his own flesh to a starving tigeress. The scene is elegantly depicted in a stone carving found in a small shrine on the hill top.

Whitewater Rafting
One of Nepalís most celebrated rivers, the Sunkoshi, is just a stones throw away from the Resort. Take a day trip on this spectacular river as it winds its way through steep gorges and open farming valleys, with plenty of adrenaline pumping rapids to keep your mind on the job! Be back at the resort in time to toast a spectacular sunset over the Himalaya.

Panauti
A few hours trek or a short drive takes you to Panauti, another Newar settlement and interesting rural village. The temple complex here sits on the conflux of three rivers, one of which is mystical. The rambling overgrown temples are an interesting places to explore.

Bhagwati Temple
Just half an hours drive takes you to the temple of the eighteen armed Goddess Bhagwati. Here you can spend time exploring the temple or take a hike of around two hours down to the Panchkhal Valley.

Tatopani Hot Spring
Head towards the Tibetan border and soak in the hot spring amidst the lush sub tropical jungle.

Distance from major cities
Kathmandu 265 Kms
Royal Chitwan 240 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Kathmandu is the nearest airport to Nagarkot.
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by Road Just 45 minutes run from Kathmandu by road.

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