Kathmandu – Namobuddha -Dhulikhel Hike is one of the famous treks in Kathmandu. Also known as Panauti-Namobudhha Trek, this trail is a golden opportunity to observe the traditional villages of Nepal and the holy Buddhist pilgrimage site Namobudhha and other natural floras.
To explore the traditional culture and lifestyle of Panauti village where people still preserve the traditional cultural practice. The medieval period temples and architecture, typical Newari and Tamang cultures, and cultural ceremonies can be observed in Panauti. After Panauti we drive to Dhapasi from where we start our journey and pass via beautiful hamlets and farming terraces until we reach to Buddhist holy place Namobuddha.
The Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking is a wonderful hiking choice close to Kathmandu’s hills. It is a fantastic opportunity to see Nepali cultures, faiths, and landscapes. In this brief Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking, everything is considered.
34 kilometers from Kathmandu, in the Newari village of Panauti, the vibrant display of previous Nepal has been preserved. This location, at the confluence of two holy rivers, embodies both religious and cultural tourism. Visitors’ eyes are drawn to the wood artwork on the walls of historic houses, making it challenging to navigate these streets. Panauti, one of the older towns in Nepal, is peppered with numerous historic temples and still offers trips back in time.
There are many temples to look up because it is known as “The Town of 40 Temples.” Panauti’s main activities also include exploring the Newari ethnic group’s way of life, culture, and cuisine.
In contrast, Namobuddha (1750 m) is a stunning hill town close to Panauti. The most revered Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery is located there. Access to this charming monastery is via the staircase. Moreover, this monastery is made even more lovely by its distinctive architecture, prayer flags, prayer wheels, and, finally, the substantial Lord Buddha sculptures.
We can learn about this monastery’s unique history from the gray-haired monks. The monks that live in this gorgeous monastery are exceedingly vigilant. And every visitor is struck by the calm views of the broad terrain from the monastery’s upper balcony.
You can visit the oldest settlement in Nepal with this Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking. You might want to wander about ancient Nepal. Panauti is a historic town street lined with numerous stupas and temples. This settlement is modeled after the valley that surrounds Kathmandu. However, Panauti is a considerably more tranquil city with a rich cultural legacy than Kathmandu. You will therefore tour some of the historic homes and temples during this day trip.
The ultimate goal of this Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking is to Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, the most revered Buddhist monument. There are several prayer flags, wheels, and statues throughout this lovely monastery. One of the outstanding views of this monastery, soul healing, is the monks praying. This location offers beautiful views of the surrounding areas and mountains while providing a restful hilltop setting.
An experienced tour & trekking guide from Real Adventure comes to your hotel at 8 am. After breakfast, you drive to Panauti via Bhaktapur Banepa road. About one hour driving from Kathmandu takes you to Panauti Bazaar. We stop there and have short sightseeing in Panauti and drive towards Dhapasi, the entry point of trekking. The 4-5 hours trek passes via beautifully patterned farming terraces where, local people are busy planting or harvesting paddy, wheat, potato, and other seasonal vegetables. Leaving Dhapasi and Panauti behind, we ascend slightly uphill towards Dalinchok and Ratamat, then we walk via paddy fields until we reach Shanku Patichaur.
On the way we pass via temples and settlements of Tamang, Newar, and other Aryan people’s settlements, exchanging greetings with always smiling people and closely observing the rustic life of local people. From Shanku Patichaur we descend and follow a curve road and enter into a lush forest of pine. While walking into the forest we hear the twittering of birds and get refreshed by breezes coming from pine trees. After an hour of walking via the forest, we reach the south ridge of Namobuddha. Then follow the steep road alongside Namobuddha View Point and finally reach Namobuddha monastery. Namobudhha is one of the three holy places in Buddhism. This place is very peaceful and relaxing. Buddhist monks and nuns meditate and pray here. This is the place where you feel the sublime of Buddhism. Situated on the hilltop flapping with colorful praying flags this holy place offers a good view of hilly village forests and farming terraces. Namobuddha is believed to be a sacred place where Gautam Buddha offered his body to a desperate tigress looking for food for hungry cubs. There is a small cave nearby the monastery, which depicts all the events.
After having lunch and refreshing your mind, we will drive downhill to Dhulikhel. We can stay in a hotel in Dhulikhel or drive back to Kathmandu.