Shivapuri is a famous hiking spot in the valley. It is named after the great meditator, Sage Shivapuri Baba. It was established as a Watershed and Wildlife Reserve in 1976 A.D. and declared as the National Park in 2003 A.D. It offers the nearest retreat away from the hubbub of city life. Shivapuri is 25 km. far from the city. We drive up to Budhanilkantha, which is 8 km north of Kathmandu from where we begin our hiking. There is famous reclining Vishnu in the pond, made up of a single stone from the Lichhavi period.
Shivapuri Hiking offers great valley view, meditative atmosphere, fresh air, peace and tranquility in mind. It is one of the best places for researching different species of butterflies and birds.The Shivapuri national Park occupied 144 sq km spreading to Kathmandu, Nuwakot, and Sindhupalchowk but later Nagarjun forest with 15 sq. km has been added and the total area is 159 sq km. Hiking begins from 1,350 m to 2,732m in height. It can be taken as a spiritual tour as well because, the famous origin of holy Bagmati River has the origination called Baghdwar.
The vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types including oak, rhododendron, pine etc. The mammals in the Shivapuri National Park are clouded leopard, spotted leopard, leopard cat, barking dear, wild boar, two types of monkeys like common langur and common monkey, and red panda. Hiking to different routes from Shivapuri like Panimuhan to Sikre (12 km), Nagigumba to Chisapani(18 km), Nagigumba to Shivapuri peak (6 km), Kakani to Shivapuri, Jhule to Shivapuri (12 km ), and Nagi Gumba to Sundarijal can be done. Trekking routes to Nagarkot, Goshaikunda, Helambu and Langtang National Park also pass through the park
Day 01:Hiking to Shivapuri and drive back to the Hotel
Day 01Hiking to Shivapuri and drive back to the HotelAfter breakfast, we drive from hotel to Budhanilkantha, 8 km north where we visit reclining Vishnu from 7th century. The site is very impressive due to ritual activities mostly ritual thread ceremony, marriage, worshiping going on almost every day. Then we start hiking up up to the entrance for the Shivapuri National Park. There is Vipassana Meditation Center named 'DhammaShringa'. After registering our name there and getting entrance permit, we proceed ahead through the forest. Then after a while, we reach to NagiGumba, it is the local monastery situated on the hill. We then walk up to Shivapuri peak via Baghdwar and explore meditating caves. statue of Shivapuri Baba etc. We sometimes encounter the wild animals on the way. The hiking to Shivapuri rejuvenate us and gives new energy with the great mountain view of Himalayan ranges. Then we retrace back or deviate the other way back to hotel.