Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking is a perfect hiking option near the hills of Kathmandu. It is a great visit to capture the sights of Nepali cultures, religions, and sceneries. All in all, in this short Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking.
Panauti, the Newari village in distance of 34km from Kathmandu, has preserved the bright display of old Nepal. Located at the junction of two sacred rivers, this place encapsulates religious and cultural tourism. Wood arts on the walls of old houses attract visitors’ sight, and its eye stalking difficult to walk over these streets. Being one of the older towns in Nepal, Panauti is dotted with many ancient temples and still provides the time-travels to olden days.
It is also famous as “The town of 40 Temples”, which means there are a lot of temples to look up. Leaving temples and houses, digging the lifestyle, culture, and food of Newari ethnic is also the major doing in Panauti.
Whereas, Namobuddha(1750m) is a beautiful hill station near Panauti. It homes most sacred Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. Walking over the upstairs leads to this charmful monastery. The unique architecture, prayer wheels, prayer flags, and lastly, sizable Lord Buddha statues make this monastery even beautiful.
This monastery has a unique story that we can hear from the grey-haired monks. Monks busy living in this beautifully built monastery is very watchful. And, from the upper balcony of the monastery, the serene views of vast landscape strikes every visitor’s eyes.
- Namobuddha Hill station(1750m)
- Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery
- Touring the temple dotted Panauti village
- Exploring the Newari and Buddhist Culture
- Hiking through alleys, fields, and forests
Why Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking
Short Tour of Oldtown Panauti
This Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking will make you explore the oldest town of Nepal. You may feel like strolling in old Nepal. Panauti is an ancient town street filled with many temples and stupas. This town mimics the surrounding of Kathmandu valley. But, Panauti is a much more peaceful cultural heritage city than Kathmandu. So, on this day tour, you will explore some of the old temples and houses.
Restful Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery
Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, the most sacred Buddhist site, is the ultimate destination of this Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking. This beautiful monastery is full of prayer flags, wheels, and statues. Monks praying is one of the striking sights of this monastery, soul healing. While resting at the hilltop, this site also provides scenic views of the neighboring regions and mountains.
Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking covers the most beautiful walking routes. The trails are mainly through several settlements, farm fields, and forests. You can explore the villages and their lifestyles as well. The best part is the mustard field below and above the communities. You will gaze at these serene surroundings.
Exploring the Diversity
Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking will make you explore the cultural diversity of Nepal. Your tour starts from the most diverse Kathmandu city, a city that habitats a range of people. Then, you will arrive at the Panauti, a significant settlement of Newari communities. Besides Newari, Panauti also homes other ethnics as well. After Panauti, you will head up towards Namobuddha, the famous Buddhist religious site. There you will explore some bit of Buddhist religion. So, this one-day hiking is also popular as a cultural tour.
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Drive to Panauti from Kathmandu, Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking and Return to Kathmandu | Time: 4 hrs
Soon after your breakfast, we will pick you from the hotel for the day tour. We will have 60 minutes of a scenic drive over Arniko Highway to reach Panauti. During the ride, we will enjoy the window views of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur town and the landscapes around the road.
And then we will reach Panauti. In Panauti, we will explore some ancient places like the Indreshwar temple(Tallest pagoda style temple of Nepal), Krishna Temple, Ahilya Temple, and Unmata Bhairav Temple. After these temples, we will explore historical sites like Panauti Darbar, and Panauti Museum. And, we can just wander around this ancient city.
After the short exploration at Panauti, we will start the trek towards Namobuddha hill. We will ascend the hill bypassing several forests and suspension bridges. The hike to Namobuddha is very scenic as the trail is through beautiful villages and lands. We will also cross several rivers as well.
From the midway, we can have the first sights of Namobuddha monastery. And after hiking for 4 hours, we will reach the Namobuddha hilltop. While at the top, we can enjoy the peaceful surrounding of the Monastery. Monks praying is such a soul-warming thing to observe. Besides that, the serene views from the hilltop are eye-catching. The view includes full landscapes of the Namobuddha region and far resting snowy peaks.
Afterward, we will follow the same route down to Panauti for hotel return. It will be quick due to the downslope of the hill. After arriving in Panauti, we will join the bus ride to return to Kathmandu. The bus will hit the same highway while returning to Kathmandu. After a 1-hour bus drive, we will go back to our hotel for the rest.
Routes of Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking
Besides Panauti, there are two routes to do Panauti to Namobuddha Day Hiking. This course starts with the Panauti as well. The first one is from Shanku village and the second one by the Balthali route. What it’s like to walk from these routes, let’s check it out.
This route from Shanku to Namobuddha is for those who have ample time to stroll around. Shanku to Namobuddha is a 26km hike. So, this is best for free wandering travelers. The trails of this route will guide the walkers through several villages, farm fields, and forests. The Shanku route presents the little show of the Panauti region. Picking the Shanku route is more of walking over the trails than the Panauti exploration.
Balathali route is the most popular route to reach Namobuddha hilltop. It is just a 5km uphill hike from Balathali to Namobuddha. This route runs through some beautiful yellow mustard fields and villages. The walk is strenuous as we have to reach the hilltop. After crossing several bridges and rivers, we reach the bottom of the uphill. From there, it is a snaky way that ends at the top of Namobuddha.
Trip Cost US$ 95 Per person
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