An hour or more drive to reach scenic and cultural old town of Dhulikhel at the height of 1,440 m high, where you explore Dhulikhel an old Newar town of more than 500 years of history, the artistic skill reflects Newar inhabitants who have created a place of charm and beauty. Streets lined with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows, sloping title roofs, pagoda temples and sacred statues everywhere. Dhulikhel offers grand sunrise views over chain of Himalayan peaks right from the hotel balcony.
From here a short drive to holy Buddhist areas at Namobuddha, located in serene environment this is one of the sacred spot for Buddhist pilgrimage, this unsurpassable supreme sacred sites known as the Three Stupas in Nepal is TagmoLjin The place where future Buddha sacrificed his body to a tigress.
Extension Trip for a day or two within Bhaktapur areas:
Old Changu-Nararyan Temple:
Oldest and ancient temple of Nepal Changu Narayan, located on a high hilltop also called Changu or Dolagiri. The temple area is surrounded with forest of champak tree and small Changu village which is north of Bhaktapur.
Changu Narayan Temple dedicated to Hindu god Lord Visnu, this temple is considered as the oldest one in Nepal. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th to 12th century of excellent Nepalese art.
According to legends Changu Narayan temple existed as early as 325 A.D. in the time of King Licchavi King HariDattaVerma and it is one of Nepals richest structures historically as well as artistically. In the grounds there is a stone pillar inscription of great importance recording the military exploits of King Man Deva who reigned from 496 A.D. to 524 A.D. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Licchavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 A.D.
Proves that temple was already been established as a sacred site in the
3rd century A.D. It is the earliest inscription known in Nepal
A famous and popular view point of Nagarkot which north of Bhaktapur, a popular touristic spot an altitude of 2,175 m high, offers stunning sunrise and sunset views over chain of Himalayan peaks from Manaslu-Ganesh-Langtang-Jugal Himal towards east of Everest range.
A serene town of mostly Tamang ethnic tribe a hill people of Nepal with traditional farm villages and neat terraces fields within pristine woodland of rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir tree lines.
Nagarkot with cool alpine temperatures, a famous gateway for city folks to escape from hustle and bustle of city life in the comfort of nice and wonderful lodges, hotels and resorts where all rooms faces beautiful views of snowcapped peaks.