Kathmandu Day Trip: Budhanilkantha and Hike Through Shivapuri National Park

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  • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Duration: 6-7 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5076NPUD
Gain insight into Nepal’s religions in a fun and active way on this small-group day trip from Kathmandu. Take local transport to Budhanilkantha, the holy site of the sleeping Hindu god Vishnu, and then enjoy a moderate hike with your guide through the woodlands of Shivapuri National Park to Nagi Gompa, a hilltop Buddhist monastery where panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley abound. Finish with a stop at a local bazaar in Sundarijal before heading back to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
Rendezvous in Thamel in the morning and walk 15 minutes with your guide and small group to the nearest bus stand, where you’ll jump on board and travel like a local 30 minutes to Budhanilkantha.

This holy site is home to sleeping Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Observe the magnificently carved stone idol of sleeping Vishnu from the outer periphery of the pond (non-Hindus are not allowed inside), on which Vishnu seems to float. Be sure to have your camera ready as your guide tells the interesting story of this venerated religious figure.

You’ll then embark on a moderate 9-mile (15-km) hike into the surrounding farmlands and through Kathmandu’s nearest forest reserve, Shivapuri National Park. After registering at the park entry gate, take a pleasant 2.5-hour walk through the woods to a hidden Buddhist monastery, Nagi Gompa.

Hike uphill 2.5 miles (4 km) to reach this site and pause to enjoy sweeping views of the Kathmandu valley below. This spot is great for bird watching, and on a clear day, you may be able to see the snow-capped Himalayas! You may also purchase snacks here, or feel free to enjoy your own pre-packed lunch.

Once you’ve snapped some unforgettable photos, descend down the hill and continue hiking 1 hour through the woodlands, past waterfalls and out of the forest until you reach Sundarijal, where you’ll visit a local bazaar.

After your hike, hop back on the bus and begin your 1-hour journey back to Kathmandu.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Courtyard of the Kathmandu Guest House
Thamel, Kathmandu
Departure Time:
7am
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Kathmandu Day Trip: Budhanilkantha and Hike Through Shivapuri National Park

Sleeping Vishnu in Budhanilkantha

Inclusions:
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Round-trip fare on local transport
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A large amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking/trail shoes are recommended
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Aura Sebyl S, September 2013

Nice and close to the city. Monastery is cool!

Reviewed by: c j b, December 2014

Lovely hike, quite steep in parts, started at a Hindu temple with large reclining goddess in a pond, ascended through beautiful mostly unspoilt rainforest to Buddhist monastery at the peak, with monks praying and chanting, and later served us an authentic lunch, then down through more open forest with goats, monkeys etc to a couple more buddhist monasteries; our guide was a genuine Sherpa; an enjoyable day out

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Tour code: 5076NPUD