Dhulikhel is 32 km east from Kathmandu city; a magnificent place to spend the night and awaken to the sun rising across the wide Himalayan range. This is a Newar town, 1440m high from the sea level. This place offers a traditional atmosphere of Newari culture along with the spectacular views. Once, it was an important trade route from Tibet to India. Dhulikhel has a glorious past which can be witnessed in the lovely buildings and intricate woodcarvings found along the shop lined streets and in the temples. There are many hotels and guest houses ranging from budget to luxury offers the good service.
Dhulikhel is the place from where we can hike in the surroundings of Kathmandu valley like an umbrella shape. From here we can go to Dolalghat, Nagarkot, Namobuddha and so an. Namobuddha, a picturesque pilgrimage site where the lord Buddha in a previous incarnation is believed to have allowed himself to be devoured by the starving tigress, is a mere three hour walk from Dhulikhel.
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 the surrounding areas.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel, 1 hour, explore around Dhulikhel. Overnight at hotel
Day 04:Sightseeing around Bhaktapur, and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 05:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to the hotelUpon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you heartily and transfers to hotel. After check in hotel, you could get refreshed and take rest for a while. You could explore Thamel, the modern touristy shops, the blending of ethnic stuffs, garment textiles and curio shops, good smell from the restaurants, breathtaking architecture, stunning pageantry, and history so alive, you find the dark alleys, vendors and sacred cows on the street. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley After breakfast, we get ready for the day tour in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We begin our tour from Swoyambhunath Stupa, lovingly called it ‘Monkey Temple’, perched in conical shaped hill, 77 m high from the ground floor. The site of Swoyambhu Mahachaitya is the cradle of Bajrayana Buddhism, a traditional unique to Kathmandu Valley. Bajrayana is a tantric variation of the Mahayana (the larger vehicle) Tradition. This place is the spiritual house of all the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas symbolized by the five Dhyani Buddhas: Aksobya in the East, Ratnasambhava in the South, Amitabha in the West, AmoghaSiddhi in the North and Vairochana in the Center.Shatikat Acharya, the great tantric has built a temple for each of the five elements wind, earth, fire, water and sky. The hemispherical garba is made of brick and stone. Tibetan believers pour lime down the chaitya as a ritual to cure illnesses of family members. The magnificent temple on the western side of the dome is Harati temple, dedicated to mother protrectress known as Shitala for Hindus and Ajima for Newari and Harati for Buddhists, attracts worshippers for the protection of children against diseases. After this we drive 2 and half kilometers to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is actually made up of two sub areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Jagannath Temple, and Big Bell etc. while the inner complex comprises the old palace area, Hanuman Dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Chowk, Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Lohan Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Basantapur Durbar and others. Besides the magnificent temples and shrines, other interesting aspects are various festivals, cultural activities and traditions people are following from centuries. The mystical charm of the Durbar Square allures the visitors to spend hours wondering around the area.The sites is being renovated after the massive earthquake – 2015. Another place, after 6 km drive is Boudhanath stupa, one of the greatest stupas in the world. This has been partially damaged by the earthquake and now under restoration. The splendid dome of Boudha Stupa is approximately 120 ft in diameter, 1 hector in width and 43.25 m in height. It is known as Jyarung Khashyor. This stupa is religiously, culturally and archeologically very important. It has become the center of a thriving town of monasteries, craftsmanship, and businesses. It is believed that those who reside around this great stupa will never have to suffer from the hunger, famine and unfavorable conditions. The other important sites around Boudha Stupa are Ajima Temple, Guru Lhakhang Monastery, Samteling Monastery, Jhamchen Lhakhang and Palri Tahsi Migyur Dorje Gyaltsen Ling etc. There are more than 28 monasteries around this area. The fourth place we visit is Pashupatinath Temple, Shiva temple, described Him as Lord of the entire living beings and the source of eternal bliss and peace. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest temples of the world revered and worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists. We can see the cremation ghat, ritual bathers, priests performing ritual activities, and the sadhus lying smearing ashes in their bodies half naked. Since time immemorial, the Pashupati Area has been a place of prayer and worship for freedom from worldly bondage as well as a place of meditation to realize oneself as part of the Supreme Self. We can see the main Shiva Temple with its golden roof and silver doors, the Basuki Naga Temple, Shivalayas with phallic idols, other temples dedicated to Rama and Vishnu, the temple dedicated to mother goddess Parvati etc. After the sightseeing, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel, 1 hour, explore around Dhulikhel. Overnight at hotel After breakfast, we drive to Dhulikhel, 32 km east from Kathmandu. This is on the edge of Araniko Highway (Kathmandu – Kodari Highway). Dhulikhel is situated at an altitude of 1440 m, a well preserved ancient town, famous for sun rise. It is the notable dining spots in and around the town, a marvelous spot from which we can do 1-2 days hiking, a place from where we can go to picturesque pilgrimage site of Namobuddha. The Newar town of Dhulikhel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views – lovely buildings, intricate wood carving. This had an important link to Tibet in the past. We can visit the central square of Narayanthan containing a temple of Narayan and a smaller one to Harisiddhi. The Bhagawati Mandir set at the high point of the village. The peaks from Annapurna to Everest are visible from the summit (1,715 m) marked by a small Kali shrine. Overnight at Dhulikhel
Day 04Sightseeing around Bhaktapur, and drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we drive to Bhaktapur which is 16 km from Dhulikhel. Bhaktapur is an ancient town known by its other names like Bhadgoan, Khwopa. Bhaktapur literally means the city of devotees. Amshuverma developed this city as the trade center. In Mall period, the city was developed as the capital of Nepal and it was called Tripura. At present there are seven chowks: Mulchowk, Bhairav Chowk, Ita Chowk, Malati Chowk, Siddhi Chowk and Kumari Chowk. The cobblestone streets link a string of temples, courtyards and monumental squares, and the side streets are peppered with shrines, wells, and water tanks. We visit Dattatraya Square, Taumadhi Square, Pottery Square and Durbar Square. Dattatraya is a unique architecture brought from Orangabad from India. The temple is dedicated to trinity of Hindu gods like Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwor. Pujari Math attracts with its wonderfully carved wooden windows, especially the peacock windows. The Nyatpola Temple and Bhairav temples reveal the best medieval art and craftsmanship. The stairway at Nyatapola leading to the temple is lined with pairs of figures and human beings identified as powerful wrestlers, elephants, lions, griffins and goddesses. Pottery Square shows the local peoples’ engagement and dedication in the traditional occupation. Durbar Square is famous for the typical Newari architecture with various cultural and religious values. The 55 windows palace, Golden Gate, Mul Chowk, and Kumari Chowk are the greatest model of art and craft in the Kathmandu Valley. After the sightseeing of this place, we drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 05Transfer to the Airport The Hill Resort tour to Dhulikhel ends today with lot more memories of countryside and the panoramic views. We depart you to the airport 3 hours before your flight. If you have time for shopping, we can help you visit the local market and buy some dainty gifts to your families, friends, and relatives. Finally, we escort you to the airport and say bye and wish you have safe and happy journey. Namaste!!!