- Sightseeing Places - Dhulikhel
splendor with exhilarating mountain views
Dhulikhel lies 32 km to the east of Kathmandu
on the Arniko Highway that leads to Tibet . In
the old days, Dhulikhel flourished as a trading
center handling commerce between Kathmandu and
Lhasa . Today, it delights visitors with its enchanting
cultural heritage and stunning Himalayan views.
Accommodation in resort hotels and lodges.
Dhulikhel (altitude 1,440 m) is a small town with
a long history. Records show that it has been
around for more than 500 years. The artistic skill
and urban ethos of its Newar inhabitants have
created a place of charm and beauty. Streets lined
with bare-brick houses, carved wooden windows,
sloping tile roofs, pagoda temples and sacred
statues everywhere. You will think you have wandered
into a cultural theme park.
The major places
of worship here are the Narayan and Harisiddhi
temples which are adorned with profuse wood carvings.
The Gokhureswar Mahadev temple, a 30-minute walk
to the eastern part of town, is a peaceful and
scenic spot. The Bhagawati temple is situated
at a height in the western part of Dhulikhel and
dominates the skyline. From here, you can get
a beautiful vista of the town and surrounding
There are many vantage points in Dhulikhel which
offer a panorama of the Himalaya that will leave
you spellbound. Looking out over low hills and
valleys, the mountains rise up in an extended
arc stretching from the far left to the far right.
More than 20 Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna
(8,091 m), Ganesh (7,429 m), Langtang (7,234 m),
Phurbi-Chyachu (6,637 m), Gauri Shanker (7,134
m) and Lhotse (8,516 m) can be seen in all their
glory. You should get up early in the morning
to watch the first rays of the sun hit the summits
and their colors change. Sunset views are equally
The most popular activity for visitors in Dhulikhel
is doing nothing. For something more strenuous,
we recommend bird watching. You can sit back in
your hotel garden and admire the winged creatures
fluttering from tree to tree. The forests around
Dhulikhel harbor many species of exotic birds.
there's hiking around the countryside, visiting
nearby pilgrimage sites and mountain biking. Walking
trails pass through Tamang villages and terraced
fields providing you an insight into rural Nepal.
The shrine of Namura or Namo Buddha, where the
Buddha in a past life is said to have offered
his own flesh to a starving tigress, is four-five
hours on foot. The center of attraction at the
village of Panauti (two-four hours' walk) is the
temple of Indreswar Mahadev , the oldest existing
pagoda structure in the Kingdom.
is a joy with hill trails and rough roads radiating
in all directions from Dhulikhel. Some popular
routes are Dhulikhel-Panauti-Dhulikhel, Dhulikhel-Banepa-Nala-Dhulikhel
Rafting on the Sun Koshi river, 25 km away, is