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Traditional townships having lifestyle, culture and tradition unaffected by modernity
- The first hydropower station of Nepal and Asia’s second electricity project
- Religious sites equally revered by Hindus and Buddhists
- 6th century clustered houses of Bungmati, Khokana and Pharping
- Recreational break from the busy city life
Bungmati Khokana Pharping Dakshinkali Tour is a one-day tour around the Kathmandu Valley that leads you through traditional villages and pilgrimage sites. It also gives you a chance to observe the first hydropower station of Nepal and the second electricity project in Asia. This day tour guides you through the must-visit cultural and religious heritage around the Capital City of Nepal. It is also a great opportunity to get rid of the crowd of the city areas and delve into the peaceful nature for recreational activities.
Bungmati and Khokana are the most traditional human settlement areas of Kathmandu keeping their rustic village settings intact for ages. The clustered houses built in a fort-like residential area having public squares within their premises. The squares of such towns have a significant purpose to strengthen the bond among the people living within the premises. In the ancient time, the people would gather in the squares after dinner to review the day and make plan for the following day. It was one of the best media to maintain mutual understanding and cooperation among the people to achieve the common good.
The traditional houses built as early as the 6th century are found in Bungmati and Khokana townships. Similarly, the people have been able to protect their original rites and rituals by keeping them far from the effects of modern technology and its discoveries. Located just a few kilometres away from Thamel, Bungmati is believed to be the birthplace of Rato Machchhendranath whose temple is built in Shikhar architectural style. The Karyavinayak Temple is another Hindu pilgrimage site located in this antique town having Newars as the major settlers. Khokana is another Newari settlement area famous for Mustard Oil Production because of the fertile soil supportive for mustard crops.
Located around 19 kilometres south of Thamel, Pharping is another attraction of Bungmati Khokana Pharping Dakshinkali Tour. Pharping is a thriving Newari town decorated by numerous Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temples and monasteries of this artistic town are built in Tibetan Buddhist and traditional Nepali architectural styles. The major religious heritage sites located here are Sheshnarayan Temple, Bajra Yogini Temple, Gorakhnath Temple and Guru Padmasambhava Meditation Cave. Newly constructed chortens and monasteries around these ancient shrines have added to the beauty of this beautiful town conserving the best example of culture and tradition.
Dakshinkali Temple, located below Pharping hill is one of the popular spiritual sites of Kathmandu all the way dedicated to Goddess Kali. Signifying the self-esteem and strength of a female, Dakshinkali Temple is crowded with the devotees on Tuesday and Saturday of the week. It is believed that if one sacrifices he-goat or rooster in the name of the deity, the wish of the devotee comes true. As animal sacrifice is regarded as a superstitious practice, it has been replaced by coconut offering to the goddess. Surrounded by the lush green forests, this temple vicinity is one of the most popular picnic spots close to Kathmandu Valley.
Day excursion to Bungmati Khokana Pharping and Dakshinkali Temple is a nice trip blended with traditionally artistic townships and a famous pilgrimage. Although these towns are very close to the Capital City of Nepal, they are equally captivating due to the intact culture and tradition. If you want to visit the Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites located amidst the traditional Newari towns, contact Nepal Trekking Routes, a Kathmandu-based local tour and trekking operator. We have been organizing popular day tours around the Kathmandu Valley for more than a decade by giving 100% satisfaction to our clients.