Dolakha, often known as Dolkha or Dholkha is situated in Bagmati Pradesh covering an area of 2,191 sq. km. Charikot located in Bhimeswar Municipality is its administrative headquarters. It is surrounded by Solukhumbu in east, Ramechhap in south and south-east, Sindhupalchok in west, and Tibet in North. The name Dolakha arises from the Sherpa community. In the Sherpa´s language "DO" means stone (dhunga), "LA" means in (maa), and "KHA" means face (mukh) which means "Face in Stone" (dhunga ma mukh). The majority of people in Dolakha are affiliated by the Hindu religion and the majority of people are of Newar ethnicity. It is a district with a strong religious affiliation. It is popularly known amongst most Nepalese for the temple of Dolakha Bhimeshwor.
Tourism in Dolakha
Dolakha is one of the districts of Nepal popular for its natural historic and cultural beauties. Dolakha is about 180 km from Kathmandu. We can reach the headquarter Charikot within 7 hours by private or public vehicles via Araniko Highway. The visit of this region offers the mesmerizing experiences of the nature that captures our eyes, fills our minds, and provides us the joy and adventure travel.
Places to visit in Dolakha
Dolakha Bhimeshwor Temple
The Bhimeshwar temple is located in Dolakha Bazar of Bhimeshwar. The main statue of this temple is God Bhim. Bhimsen, Bhimeshwar, or Bhim of Dolakha is noted as one of the most popular throughout the country. He was the second prince of Panch Pandav and notably worshiped by the traders or merchandisers as their god. In Dolakha, the roofless temple constitutes the idol of Bhimsen, which is triangular and made of rough stone. The idol in the temple is said to resemble three different gods: Bhimeshwar in the morning, Mahadeva during the day, and the Narayana in the evening. It is full of natural and cultural beauties. The temple introduces travelers to the history of Dolakha and the natives of Dolakha. The artistic side of Dolakhalis can also be experienced through the portraits, sketches, and woodcrafts.
Kalinchok Bhagawati Temple
Dolakha is also home to another holy temple - Kalinchowk Bhagawati. It is situated in Gaurishankar Conversation Area, at an altitude of about 3,842m from the sea level. We can see the breathtaking view of high hills, cliffs, the gumbas and stupas in the way, and the beauty of the Rhododendron forest. From the summit of Kalinchowk, we can enjoy the splendid superb view of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Gauri Shankar, etc. This temple is covered with snow in winter and mainly in February or October. So most of the domestic tourist visit this place. In 2018 the government started a new cable car service for the comfort of the pilgrims. For adventure travelers, we can have a thrilling experience in the upside hill from village Kuri to the temple. The bells and Tridents present in thousands of numbers shows religious belief and custom of people. The temple is believed to have strong spiritual power and known to fulfill the prayer of the pilgrims.
Sailung Hills – 100 Hills
Sailung is an area that is located in the border area of Dolakha and Ramechhap district. Most of the region lies in Dolakha itself. This place was named Sailung as it has around a hundred small hillocks rolling over the whole place like the meadows of heaven. Sailung means 100 hills in Tamang language, is a non-tourist area, and less crowded, but a very splendid one. This trek takes you to Thulo Sailung (3,200 m), its highest elevation, from where you will see a vast Himalayan range from Makalu to Dhaulagiri. Besides, this is the only trek from where you will have a glimpse of Terai - the lowland of Nepal as well as the world's highest - which provides fantastic panoramic view of the Himalayan views including the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Makalu, Rolwaling Himalaya range, Annapurna Himalayan range, Ganesh Himal, etc. Sailung trek is only one trekking trail from where you will see 5 different Himalayan region views including the Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang region, Ganesh Himal region & Rolwaling region.
Jiri (Commonly known as Switzerland of Nepal)
Jiri, which lies about 190 kilometers from Kathmandu, was the main gateway to the Everest Region in the past. Almost all the Everest expeditions, including the one led by famous climber John Hunt, Edmund Hillary, and Tenzing Norgay had passed through Jiri. A company of the Nepal Army is stationed in the town and visitors' equipment and backpacks might be searched. Jiri was set up as an agricultural development center by the Swiss Government Aid in 1938. Visitors are mostly attracted to the accommodation, healthy environment, snow, hospitality, and the beautiful view of Jiri.
More to see in Jiri
Jirels Community: Jirels are local people of the Jiri Village who are known as to be the original habitats and their neighbor village of Dolakha. Jirels people have their languages, cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. Where their religious identity is Buddha Religion and their priest is known as to be “Lamas”.
Tenzing Hillary Park: We can explore the beautiful park known as Tenzing Hillary Park out in Jiri Village where we can see the statue of the late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Late Sir Edmund Percival Hillary.Cherdung: Cherdung Danda is at the altitude of 3200m from sea level and takes 6 hours of hiking from Jiri's Linkan Bazar to reach there.Kalo Veer: Kalo Veer is located on the way to Cherdung. From Kalo Veer, three major towns, Charikot, Dolakha, and Jiri can be seen in a single sight. It is a massive piece of rock, stands on the top of the cliff, one can barely stand on the top due to its steep height. It takes 4 hours to reach from Jiri's Linkan Bazar.
Linkan Bazar: Jiri's heart, Linkan Bazaar is one of the biggest towns in the Dolakha district. Shops on both sides of the road are not just what you see in Linkan, but you can also visit Jiri Technical School, Boudha Stupa and statue of Rimporche, Jiri Hospital, and so on.
Gaurishankar Conservation Area
Gaurishankar Conservation Area is a protected area in the Himalayas of Nepal that was established in January 2010, covering 2,179 sq. km. in the Ramechhap, Dolakha and Sindhupalchok districts. It has 235 species of birds, 34 species of mammals, 14 species of snakes, 10 species of amphibians and 16 species of fish and a wide range of floras, besides these the main attraction of this place includes rare animals like snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, etc but the rarest species conserved is the red panda. On the way to the conservation area, we can see tall waterfalls and can watch the Gauri Shankar the origin of Tamakoshi and Sunkoshi at its closest.
Jilu village – Land of food and devotees
It is about 7 km down from Charikot surrounded by Forest. We can see the farming fields and farmers anytime working and loving their land. We can participate in the working field with the local people and eat freshly grown food direct from the field, enjoy the native culture, and be filled with love and care from the villagers. The specialty of Jilu is found to be their typical Nepali food Dal Bhat Tarkari along with Gundruk and Dhindo. We can experience the cocktail of nature from Jilu because it has hills on its east and west mount Gaurishankar in north and farms on the south. The pure Tamakoshi flows shouting down the village.
Tsho Rolpa (also Cho Rolpa) is one of the biggest glacial lakes in Nepal. In Sherpa language “Tsho” means Lake, and “Rolpa” as a Rolwaling valley is located at an altitude of 4580M in the Dolakha district. It has grown considerably over the last 50 years due to glacial melting in the Himalayas. The name Rolwaling means, ‘valley carved by a plough’ and its cliffs do indeed give the impression of a Plough carved furrow. We will encounter little authentic village settlements, terraced farmlands, cross numerous waterfalls, walk across mani walls, and rhododendron forests following the Tama Koshi River. During the Trekking to this area tourist makes one can enjoy with the scenic views of the majestic Himalayas; including world highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848 m) and the highest peak of this area Mt. Gauri Shankar (7,145 m). The Trekking route is nearby Tibet border side so that one can understand a little about Tibetan culture too. This area is mostly used Buddhist people but we also can see Brahmin, Chhetri, and Tamang and major cats are Sherpa peoples and their lifestyle. The Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek trail takes the courses of River TamaKosi on the way to Simigaun add more thrills to the trek. The major Sherpa village is Simigaun, Rolwaling valley, and Bedding this trek ending point is Kaliksthan the famous Temple for Hindus and Buddhist both are coming from Kathmandu domestic tourist for while short vacation. Attractive Bhorle falls after passing Singati, Chet Chet waterfall, and various other natural waterfalls that can be seen on the way to Tsho Rolpa. One can add a day and visit Dudhkunda of Dolakha or can add some days and pass the Tashi Lapcha La (5,755 m.). Passing Tashi Lapcha, trekkers can reach Namche Bazar, the gateway of Everest from such remote and quiet place of Rolwaling Region.
Kharidhunga is situated along the Araniko Highway in the Dolakha district. The place is located around 2700 meters above the sea level and is 23 km away from Dolakha headquarter Charikot. It is the Asia’s Biggest Magnesite Mine. It has become the center of attraction for the tourists and locals for its mesmerizing beauty. Lantang and Rolwaling mountain ranges are also visible from Kharidhunga, further adding the beauty of the place.
A very religious and historic place situated on the northeast side of the Charikot Bazar which is approximately 25 mins of walk from the bus stop. A Priest from Kalinchok, initiated the work to establish this holy shrine. The late King Birendra Bikram Shah Birendra of Nepal and late Queen Aishwarya Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah Aishwarya of Nepal were invited for the inauguration of this shrine. In Nepal, Kings and Queens were regarded as the reincarnation of the Protector of all living beings, Vishnu, so it was a huge ceremony for the people of Charikot on that auspicious occasion of their visit and inauguration. Every 12 years, people of Charikot and around visit the place to celebrate "Holm", a religious mass act without any scarification of living creature for peace of the Nation and the World.
Tamakoshi River Rafting
With a water volume almost double of Bhote Koshi, Tamakoshi River (Copper River) is one of the most adventurous and complex river to raft. Flowing from the highlands of Tibet to the eastern part of Nepal. Tamakoshi is one of the main tributaries of the Koshi river system. The high current and rapids of the river make it very difficult for commercial use. However, the river is great for kayaking. The banks of the river are now a construction site of a mega hydroelectricity project known as the Khimti project. Rafting and kayaking in this river is however considered as a dangerous one. The ultimate thrilling experience that rafting in this river provide might be pleasant to only a few number of rafters. This rafting spot is not recommended for beginners. However, professional rafters can test their rafting skills here if they want to. The beauty of the natural surroundings, amazing view of mountain ranges, spiritual wilderness, and the liveliness, humor, and fun in the unspoiled sandy beaches adds on to the awesomeness of this splendid rafting trip.
Chhetchhet waterfall is located at Chhetchhet village of Lamabagar VDC of the Dolakha District. It takes two days to walk from the Charikot Bazar and one day walk from Singati Bazar to reach there. The stream water is falling from the more than 100m height into the left bank of the Tamakoshi River. The fall has very nice scenery.
Sindhupalchok District is located at Province no. 3 (Bagmati Pradesh) covering an area of 2,542 sq. km. Chautara is the administrative headquarter. It is surrounded by Dolakha in east, Rasuwa and Nuwakot in west, Kathmandu, and Kavrepalanchok in south, Tibet in the north. The district is easily accessible from Kathmandu. The Araniko Highway, also called Kathmandu–Kodari Highway, extending 114 km (71 mi) from Kathmandu to Kodari links this district with Tibet.
Tourism in Sindhupalchok
Sindupalchok is mountainous and rich in natural resources. Cultural heritage sites in the district include Gaurati Bhimeshwar Temple, Tauthali Mai Temple, Sunkoshi Kafeshwar Mahadev Temple, Kshemadevi Temple, and Larke Ghyang, which are popular for pilgrims. Tatopani (Hot Water Spring), near the China–Nepal border, is also popular as a pilgrimage place. Bhairav Kunda and Panch-Pokhari are popular trekking destinations with religious and cultural significance. Sun Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers are famous for rafting. Bungy jumping over the Bhote Koshi River is another attraction. Although one of the least developed, this district can be one of the finest tourist destinations, attracting both national and international tourists. The tourist attractions of this district include Langtang National Park, Langtang Himal, Jugal Himal, Panch Pokhari, Tato Pani, Helambu, Palchok Bhagawati, Gangjala Pass, Paty Pass and Gaurati Bhimeswar.
Activites to do in Sindhupalchok
Bhotekoshi River Rafting
The Bhotekoshi is used for both rafting and kayaking. It is the steepest river rafted in Nepal, with a gradient of 15 m per km. The rapids are class IV-V at high flow, and III at lower levels. The river is steep and continuous with one rapid leading into another. Bhotekoshi River rafting is relatively adventurous and challenging for white water adventure. Those adventure enthusiasts and experienced rafters mostly choose Bhotekoshi River for rafting in Nepal. The big bounces and the daring gorges make it more adventurous. It is easily accessible from Kathmandu which a 3 hours scenic drive along Araniko Highway to Lamosanghu which is the starting point and the ending point is Dolalghat. Due to the big and rapid flow of water, the bounces and rapids are challenging and breathtaking to experience but the expert rafters will have a lot of fun through this adventure sports in Bhotekoshi River. For the experience of best moments of thrilling and adventurous white water rafting in Nepal, the experienced and expert rafters make their best choice for Bhotekoshi River for rafting which they find truly rewarding.
Panch Pokhari Trekking
Panch Pokhari trekking is a non-tourist trekking trail in Nepal. Panch pokhari trek ( five lakes) offers a beautiful Himalayan view including the Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Himalaya range, Jugal Himalayan range, Rolwaling Himalayan range, Tibetan Himalayan range etc and pristine nature with district culture. Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 Hindu holy lakes. It is the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world. The lake in Janai Purnima is a popular destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Panch pokhari mean 5 holy ponds and Hindus religiously respect the place. Panch Pokhari is one of the main features of Langtang National Park. Panch Pokhari is situated at an elevation of about 4,100m above sea level. This is a remote and unfrequented region, despite being close to Kathmandu.
Excursion of Gaurati Bhimeshor Temple
Gaurati Bhimeshwor temple is located at Gaurati hill at Chautara Municipality – 2. The temple is located at a distance of 4 km from Chautara Bazar. The festival starts annually on the full-moon day of the Nepali month of Kartik (October) and runs for three days. Devotees from across the country take part in the festival. It is the biggest festival of Sindhupalchowk district – the Gaurati Mela.
Bhirav Kunda Trekking
Bhairav Kunda Trek, situated nearby the Nepal-Tibet border in the Langtang Region, is a fusion of nature, culture, and spiritual aspects of the Himalayas. It is a newly opened trekking destination known for exploring a high altitude (4,240 m) lake named ‘Bhairav Kunda’. “Bhairav ’’ is the angry form of Lord Shiva and “Kunda’’ means Lake. Bhairav Kunda Trek offers a close-up view of several Nepalese and Tibetan Himalayas and features the cultural exploration of Newar and Sherpa natives. This region is visited by thousands of pilgrims every year in the Hindu month of ‘Bhadra’ (August) during the full moon. This trek will take you to the most preserved holy pilgrimage sites with pristine lakes and incredible landscapes.
Helambu Trekking is an easy trek in Nepal that offers vibrant Hylmo cultural, pilgrimage highlight, and mid-hill hiking experience that follows ancient Buddhist philosophy. Helambu lies to the north of where dominantly Sherpa and Tamang races have their homes. The trip starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the beautiful Shivapuri National Park. This is a relatively low altitude trek along a less busy trekking route through temperate forests, green valleys, rhododendron forests, Tamang and Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries. The views of the mountains are stunning and include Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Rolwaling, and Gauri Shankar. With the highest point of this trek being Tharepati Pass at 3,650m with its magnificent views of Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar, Langsisa and other snow-capped mountains and with the warmer climate; grassy meadows; atmospheric forests; torrential rivers and friendly people, this is a stunning trek for those with less time or do not wish to trek at high altitudes.
Ama Yangri Peak Trekking
Located in the Helambu region of Sindhupalchowk district, it is one of the isolated and less popular but an amazing Trekking destination in the Helambu region. Ama Yangri is an area inhabited by Sherpas, Tamangs, and Chhetries, which is one of the famous destinations for travelers which lies in the Sindhupalchok district under the Langtang National park. It is situated in the altitude of 3,771m and the trek passes through some beautiful rhododendron, pine and oak forests. Ama Yangri peak needs to have trekked from the Tarke Ghyang village of the Helambu region. According to the myth, Ama Yangri is considered to be a deity that has turned into the protector of the Helambu region. This trek can be immensely enjoyed in the Nepalese month of Chaitra, which more or less falls in March or April. On the full moon day of Chaitra the Hylmos from all around the region, country, and abroad as well flock to Aama Yangri. As a part of the ritual, they climb to the summit of this mountain before daybreak and witness the sunrise.
Bhotekoshi Bungee Jumping
The jump, at 160 m over the Bhote Koshi River gives the exotic experience of adrenaline rush in the surroundings of this amazing place. It is 100 km northeast from Kathmandu, lies at an altitude of 3600 ft. from the sea level. It takes about 3 hours' drive from the Kathmandu city to reach the Bungee site at the Bhotekoshi River Gorge. The drive through the Araniko Highway is a picturesque journey that takes you near Nepal Tibet border. To quench your adventure thirst, you have various selections of adventure activities there. You can choose from a bungee jump, canyon swing, canyoning, and other activities to make your adventure in Nepal remarkable. The suspension bridge, from where the jump takes place has integrated Swiss safety measures. Another massive option for you is to enjoy the thrilling white water rafting on the Bhotekoshi River with the views of the Himalayas, lush hills, and awesome gorges.
Explore Natural Hot Spring in Tatopani
Tatopani is situated about five kilometers south of Kodari on the border of Nepal and Tibet (China). Although it is not as sophisticated as hot springs in other countries, it is popular among the people of Nepal who seek solace from pain and go for a refreshing bath in the scalding waters said to have medicinal and healing powers. The majestic views of Bhote Koshi or the Tibet River running down from China into the lush green vegetation is one of the other major attraction of the place beside the hot spring. Tatopani is an ideal place to get away from the crowd of Kathmandu and relieve your exhaustion by dipping into the hot spring.
Rasuwa District is located in Province No. 3 (Bagmati Pradesh) covering an area of 1,544 sq.km. Dhunche is the administrative headquarters of this district. It is the smallest district by area, among 16 districts in the Himalaya region of Nepal. Origin of its name had begun as 'Rasowa' which is believed to be derived as a combination of two Tibetan words ra (meaning: lambs) and sowa (meaning: grazing) as it was famous for its lamb and grazing lands. And later people started to call it Rasuwa.
Tourism in Rasuwa
Rasuwa is rich in natural resources. Langtang mountain range stands to the north of Rasuwa. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Park. Gosainkunda Lake, Ganja La Pass, and Tamang village in Bridim are the major highlights of Rasuwa for tourism. Gosainkunda Lake, also known as "Frozen Lake", one of the most beautiful mountain lakes lies in the Langtang region. There are about 108 kundas (lakes) in this area. Saraswati Kund, Bhairab Kund, Surya Kund, and Gosainkund are the most important ones. Langtang valley is another attraction in Rasuwa which is aptly called the valley of glaciers; mountains rise soaring toward the sky. The valley offers pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals. Rasuwa is accessible by bus from Kathmandu (national capital) via Pasang Lhamu highway, with its headquarters (Dhunche) being about 120 km (75 mi) from Kathmandu.
Places to visit in Rasuwa
Rasuwa Fort or Rasuwa Gadhi is a historical fort ruin in the Rasuwa District roughly at the border with Tibet, China. It is located along the Trishuli River 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) north of the Nepalese town of Timure in Langtang National Park, yet 25 km south of the nearest locality of China at Gyirong Town. The area was the site of a three-day battle during the second campaign of the Sino-Nepalese War in 1792. In 1855 during the Rana dynasty when Jung Bahadur Rana invaded Qing-ruled Tibet in the Nepalese–Tibetan War, the fort was constructed on the site. A trekking permit obtained in Kathmandu will allow tourists to visit the border, but not to cross the bridge into Tibet.
Langtang National Park
Langtang National Park was established in 1976 as Nepal's first Himalayan national park and the country's fourth protected area. It exceeds an elevation range of 6,450 m (21,160 ft) and covers an area of 1,710 sq.km. in the Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts. In the north and east, it is linked with Qomolangma National Nature Preserve in Tibet Autonomous Region. The western boundary follows the Bhote Koshi and the Trishuli River. The southern border lies 32 km (20 mi) north of the Kathmandu Valley. The Gosainkunda Lake is located at an elevation of 4,380 m inside the park. The Dorje Lakpa range at 6,988 m bisects the park from west-east to southeast. The summit of Langtang Lirung (7,245 m) is the highest point in the park. Langtang National Park is part of the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. Being the nearest Himalayan Park from capital city Kathmandu, it is the third most popular trekking destination among all protected areas of Nepal.
Trekking in Rasuwa
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang valley trek is one of the most popular trekking areas in Nepal. The Langtang valley comprises of many beautiful landscapes, meadows and old monasteries. Langtang valley trek gives us lots of surprises of nature where we walk past the forests and get an amazing view of mountains and glaciers. This diverse trek introduces you to the Buddhist culture of the Tamangs and the Sherpas, and the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, situated near Tserko upholds this tradition. Following the Buddhist religion, the chortens, mani walls, and the monasteries shine with pride of Buddhism. As we cross through many small settlements, the hospitality of the locals is so heartwarming. The trek passes through Langtang National Park- a pristine countryside with majestic flora and fauna, yak pastures, and local cheese factories! Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan deer, Himalayan bears, monkeys, and the elusive red panda, are native to this region. The Langtang valley is indeed an amazing place to trek due to its diversity in nature. There are opportunities for a side trek as well to Kyanjin Ri TserkoRi which will be the highest point of the trek. The spectacular views on this trek include Dorje Lakpa (6,990m), Langtang Ri (6,370m), and Langtang Lirung (7,245m).
Gosainkunda lake Trek
Gosainkunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Langtang National Park, located at an elevation of 4,380 m (14,370 ft). The lake melts to form the Trishuli River; it remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. There are 108 lakes in the vicinity. Gosainkunda is Hindu and site where every year in August will be the special festival (holy thread festival) when a lot of Hindu people from different locations of Nepal visit to worship god Shiva. The Lauribina La pass at an elevation of 4,610 m (15,120 ft) is on its outskirts. The trek to Gosaikunda starts in Dhunche Village or Syabru Besi in the Langtang Himal, or Sundarijal in the Kathmandu Valley. When starting from Dhunche, the first day involves a long steady climb to reach Chandan Bari at an altitude of about 3,200 m (10,500 ft). Laurebinayak at about 3,700 m (12,100 ft) can be reached on the second day. At this point, some trekkers choose to climb ahead to Gosaikunda, though altitude sickness is a concern as the ascent is rather steep. Many trekkers choose to stay at Laurebinayak, which also provides sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal.
Tamang Heritage Trail
Tamang Heritage Trek is a newly opened popular trekking destination situated in Langtang Region. It is an interesting trek through Tamang villages and settlements. Their culture is virtually untouched. We trek through terraced green farmland and thick forests, with the excellent view of the Langtang Himalayas to keep you company on the way. We go deeper into an intensely rich Buddhist culture, where ancient monasteries, prayer walls, and Chortens dictate the pace of life. Stay in the traditional villages of the Tamang people, one of the few authentic hill tribes left in Nepal. During this trekking, we can enjoy the dramatic views of Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Langtang Kerung, Chimse Danda ridge crossed by Ganjala Pass (5,130 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Jugal Himal, Paldor peak, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Shringi Himal, and Sanjen Himal ranges. The views of the Himalayan snow-capped mountains will be unforgettable. Tamang ritual, Tibetan traditional culture, festival, and local Syabru dance makes this heritage trek very popular and unique. The trekking experience here is a very different one than either the Everest Region or the Annapurna Region.
Yala Peak Climbing
Yala peak climbing offers the best thrill of introductory peak climbing experience in the Himalayas beyond simply trekking. Yala Peak is a small mountain in the Langtang area in Nepal. It is considered a trekking peak by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), and is a somewhat simple, non-technical climb. The summit is very well-liked for being a superb vantage point from which Shishapangma (8,027m), the highest mountain wholly in Tibet, and the lowest of the 14 eight-thousanders, can be seen. Prior climbing experience is not required however outfit experience and a reasonably good level of physical fitness and stamina are necessary. You will have stunning views of many beautiful mountains – Lantang Lirung (7,234m), Lenpo Gang (7,083m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Gangchenpo (6,388m) and mighty Shishapangma (8,027m) on the Tibetan side.
Nuwakot District is situated in province no. 3 (Bagmati Pradesh) covering an area of 1,121 sq. km. Bidur is its administrative headquarters. Nuwakot is bordered by Rasuwa in north, Sindhupalchowk in west, Kathmandu in the south, and Dhading in south-east. It is a historically important district in Nepal. Prithvi Narayan Shah died in Devighat of Nuwakot. The name, 'Nuwakot', is made up of two words 'nawa' and 'kort'. 'Nawa' means nine in Nepali and 'kort' means sacred religious sites at the top of the hill. The district accordingly has nine hills over which various deities are said to dwell thus overseeing and protecting Nuwakot. This has led Nuwakot often being called "City of nine hills". It is the home district of different ethnic groups.
Tourism in Nuwakot
The district contains places of historical significance such as Nuwakot 7-storey old palace located at the top of the hill named after the district itself, the village of Devighat located at the confluence of the Tadi and Trishuli Rivers. Kakani is quite popular among Nepalese people as a tourist place and picnic spot. Nuwakot holds the different reminisce from the unification movement pioneered by late king Prithvi Narayan Shah to the present situation.
Places to visit in Nuwakot
Tour in Chainpur Village offers the visit of local villages, meet with the local peoples and understand the way people live and the way they operate their daily tasks. Few homestays are welcoming the visitors and providing the accommodation with the taste of local organic foods. It is the best place to go away from the crowded trails and the hustling city to experience a true local life. Sitting on the floor, where no chairs, tasting the local foods with your hands, meeting the new people who have barely seen the tourists, exploring the living styles, the cultures, observing the local farms and the traditional way of the farming are a special things to do while you visit such places.
Kakani village is famous for bird watching, trout fish-farming, and its amazing Himalayan view. Just an hour scenic drive towards the north of Kathmandu Valley takes us to Kakani Village, which is situated at an altitude of 2,073m. Kakani Village is truly an ideal place to explore the typical Nepali village lifestyle, people, and culture. During the spring season, the forests at the hillside will be covered by vibrant colors of rhododendron flowers, maple, orchids, and appealing coniferous pine forests. The magnificent views of mountain ranges stretching from Annapurna to Everest, via Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Gaurishankar, and Dorje Lakpa at the northern highlands makes this place absolutely a precious treasure to gaze over the Himalayan sunrise and sunset view from Kakani Hill tower. If you love strawberries, Kakani is the right choice for you. Every year Kakani produces 250,000 kg of strawberries.
Nuwakot Hill is located just 75 km west of Kathmandu, known as the historic town which was the capital of the Valley in the days before the unification of Nepal by Prithvi Narayan Shah, and for more than 1,000 years the hilltop had served as a lookout and fort (kot) guarding the western entrance to Kathmandu Valley. Nuwakot served as an important trading hub for the Malla kings of the Valley, and was along a major transit route used for trade between India and Tibet (via Kerung). The current seven-story Nuwakot Durbar and surrounding complex was expanded in the 18th Century by Prithvi Narayan Shah to support the growing trade routes linking Kathmandu with India and Tibet. Built-in the Malla style, the architecture of the complex is divided into the main palace, the Bhairab Temple, as well as other temples and shrines. Making the Nuwakot hill as main forts including the other eight forts: Malakot, Simalkot, Bhairabkot, Belkot, Kalikot, Salyankot, Dhuwankot and Pyaskot in its surrounding area, collectively named as 'Nawakotta'(Nine forts). Beautiful sceneries of Nuwakot can be observed from the spot.
Dupcheshwor Mahadev Temple
Located 60 km north of Kathmandu's Gangabu and 35 km east of Nuwakot's district headquarters of Bidur, Dupcheshwor is perched on the banks of the Suryamati (Tadi) river, which itself is a place of worship for Hindus and Buddhists. Dupcheshwor Mahadev is the natural temple of Lord Shiva with the natural structure in the middle of the big rock. A special carnival takes place at Dupcheshwor annually on the full moon day of the Nepali month of Mangshir (October/November), but the tourists and devotees from other districts have been visiting the religious site on other days and occasion.
Bullfighting in Taruka and Betrawati
The victory over Tibet by the Nepali side in 1887 B.S. initiated the annual celebration of the bullfighting in the Betrawati, where 10 pairs of bulls fought to mark the day. Taruka, on the other side, witnessed the fight between 20 pairs of bulls on the same day. Bull Fighting in Nepal has been a long time practice that in various places, people organize bullfighting that will be viewed by thousands of viewers. After the harvesting time concludes in monsoon (July), oxen are kept in the sheds. Some of them will get a special care with good nutritional diets. They will be prepared for the delighting occasion of Makar Sakranti (in January) bullfighting ceremony. Taruka Bull Fighting of Nuwakot is the most popular among others in Nepal. Bullfighting has become a turning point to develop the tourism for their entertainment. The annual festival of bullfighting in Nepal is similar to “Jalikattu” in Tamil Nadu (India) and the Spanish Bullfight.
Dhading District is situated in Province no. 3 (Bagmati Pradesh), covering an area of 1,926 sq. km. Dhading Besi of Nilkantha Municipality is its district headquarters. It is surrounded by Gorkha in west, Kathmandu and Nuwakot in east, Makawanpur and Chitwan in south and Rasuwa in north. Dhading is the only district of Nepal which ranges from the mountain Ganesh Himal to the Churevawar Pradesh of Terai (Chitwan). The elevation ranges from 488 meters to 7409 meters above mean sea level. The highest peak of Ganesh Himal is 7,409 meters high located most of the district. The mountain range "Ganesh" is the predominated mountain range located within Dhading.
Tourism in Dhading
Dhading is located on the lap of mountains with rivers, forests, and famous religious place. There are lakes, waterfalls, rivers stream's, temples beautiful scene of forests and other tourist spots which attracts the tourists. It is also rich in cultural heritage and famous for the production of sugarcane etc. Mt. Manaslu (8,063m) is visible from much of Dhading, although it is located within the bounds of Gorkha. The transnational "King Prithivi Highway" connecting Kathmandu and Pokhara runs through the southern portion of the district making for easy access to the Kathmandu valley. Dhading District has many religious temples. Among them is Tripurasundari Mai, Ganga Jamuna temple, ancient Narsimha Deva temple are famous temples of this district. Sri Nrsimha Dham Kshetra in Salyantar is a historical religious site for Vedic Sanatan Hindu people. Beautiful scene of Himalayan range, forests can be seen from most of the places.
Activities to do in Dhading
Salang Village Tour
Salang is a beautiful village that lies in the central part of Dhading district, Nepal. It is 90 km from capital (Kathmandu) and takes approximately 3 hours by bus from Kathmandu. Salang unites castes like Magar, Brahmin, Newar, Chhetri, etc. A huge number of Magar people live here with their unique culture and tradition. Also, tourism is growing business there at Salang. Village sightseeing and natural beauties along with different species of flora and fauna are major attractions of Salang. For tourism, Siddhalekh is the best and beautiful place at Salang. Siddhalekh is 1300 m high from sea level and is famous for the pilgrim palace of Dhading. Holy temple of Lord Shiva is also a place to visit there. Hills of siddhalekh are usually covered by rhododendron (at seasons). Siddhalekh from height also gives the best view of other 49 villages of Dhading district.
Dhola Nalang Village Trek
Dhola Nalang Village Trek is a new destination for rural village tourism. The village of Dhola Nalang is located high up in the lap of Manaslu and Annapurna mountains in the Midwestern region of Nepal. The trekking trip starts from Kathmandu through Dhading Bensi after a drive for nearly four or five hours by road. The trekking trail in this area is newly introduced and recommended as a non-tourist site for researchers, students, photographers, anthropologies, and nature lovers. This short and beautiful trek offers you a visit to ethnic villages. The area is unique with its natural flora and fauna, where the large part of the forest is covered with Nepal's national flower Rhododendrons, steam and waterfalls This trek offers hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and many more activities with the majestic mountain views. Dhola Nalang Shreeban Nature Camp could one of the unique and fewer traveled trails for aspiring travelers and tourists.
Ganga Jamuna Trek is a short and moderately graded excursion nearby Kathmandu at the Dhading district of Nepal. The main highlight of this trek is the two similar-looking twin waterfalls named Ganga and Jamuna. You can enjoy spectacular views of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Manaslu range, Lamjung Himal, Himalchuli, Annapurna range, and many other unnamed mountains, peaks and also enriched with attractive flora and fauna. This trail offers you a visit to Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site as well. The famous Tripura Sundari Temple lies at Salyankot where there is held a big fair from time to time. Hindu devotees offer special prayer and animal sacrifice to the deity. Except these Buddhist monasteries and Chortens preserve distinct culture and tradition in itself. There is a Kukur Dhara (Dog Spring) and it is believed that taking a dip into this will rid you from rabies. Ganga Jamuna is a Hindu pilgrimage site where a famous fair is held around the temple before three days of full moon day during the first week of November. Here is a holy stone that is highly revered by the Hindu devotees and local people.
Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek
The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune. Ganesh Himal base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations of the northern center of Nepal. This fascinating trekking destination is less crowded than other famous trekking destination of Nepal. This region offers untouched natural splendor, wild and friendly inhabitations and Range Peaks. During the trek, we observe the different ways of life, culture, and come in contact with the people in the small village, passing through the dense forest and meadows. Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek is the occurrence of the exquisite stone crystals in the Ganesh Himal region. The Ganesh Himal Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV) stand out like crystal that is the 'Great Himalayan Chain' forming the skyline. This great Himalayan massif is contained between the valley of the Budhi Gandaki in the west and Bhote Koshi in the east, which becomes Trishuli Khola in the lower section. You will enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh I, II, III, and IV peaks, glaciers, gorges, hot natural bath, and picturesque Tamang villages.
Ruby Valley Trek
Ruby Valley trek is one of the best less touristy trekking trails of central Nepal in the hidden valley between Langtang and Manaslu trail. Ruby Trek is best for those who like to trek in a very less touristic area to experience authentic local culture, staying at home and interact with locals residing in the region. The trail offers breathtaking mountain views and the lifestyle of diversely unified people from different cultural groups like Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Newars, Chepang, and Dalits. Besides that, Ruby Valley itself is one of the main attractions of this region. There are other attractions of Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, calm ponds, a stunning glimpse of numerous beautiful mountains of Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu regions, different species of herbal plants, cheese factory, beautiful landscapes, crystal, ruby and zinc mining, different species of birds, beautiful forests including rhododendron and different types of rare and non-rare wild animals such as Tahr, Ghoral, barking deer, Red pandas, snow leopard, Bear, Tiger, wolf, pheasant, many kinds of monkeys and musk deer. The warm hospitality of local people makes the journey an excellent memory of the unforgettable adventure of life. The highest altitude on this trek is the Pangsang pass at the altitude of 3,850 m from sea level. Pangsang Pass offers one of the finest views on this trek. The scenery is splendid, from Pangsang pass and the Singla Pass.