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Changu Narayan
Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan

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323 Reviews
Free admission
Bhaktapur, Nepal

The Basics

Changu Narayan and its temple are located on a high hill east of Kathmandu and north of Bhaktapur, in the Kathmandu Valley. Although not far from the city, the surrounding farmland and brick kilns give the area a rural feel. This sight represents a turning point in Nepali temple architecture to a style that is distinctly Nepali.

Outside the temple complex, the small town has a few souvenir shops, but it’s not a big or busy place. Despite its heritage site status, not so many visitors make it to Changu Narayan, and it’s not as busy as nearby Bhaktapur. Most visitors come for an hour or two on an excursion from Bhaktapur.

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Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu

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Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
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$98.67 per adult
Nagarkot hiking tour
Had a wonderful day touring a number of rural villages and sites. Krishna was a wonderful guide- knowledgable, patient, thoughtful, and truly fun to spend the day with. Highly recommend!
LaurieScudder, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Kathmandu

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Nagarkot hiking tour
LaurieScudder, Feb 2020
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Had a wonderful day touring a number of rural villages and sites. Krishna was a wonderful guide- knowledgable, patient, thoughtful, and truly fun to spend the day with. Highly recommend!
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A fantastic view
EbbaFrudh, Nov 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
I had a really good day hiking. A young very enthusiastic guide who made his best. The hiking itself was not too exhausting but merely roads and paths. Not much nature. The view from the start over The Himalayas were breathtaking this day. Cristal clear and ...will remember it for long.
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a wonderful day
Erwin O, Nov 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
It was a great experience in beautiful surroundings. Our guide Krishna was very concerned about us and explained a lot about the life of humans and nature. We were more than satisfied. Big praise to the safe driver too
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Trekking
jbrickert2019, Oct 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Short stay in Kathmandu between business meetings and took a day to trek outside the city. Wonderful nature views and local culture experience as we walked through the mountains and villages. Highly recommended if you have a short stay in Kathmandu and want to see day-to-day life in Nepal.
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Excellent
aleiva330, Aug 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Very nice views and excellent tour guide who was Informative and patient. Had a good time walking to the top and visiting a temple later. Too cloudy to see the mountains but overall a good experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission is free to Nepali nationals, but others require a ticket, which is priced differently for SAARC nationals, Chinese, and other nationalities.

  • The Changu Museum contains some quirky artifacts, including the world’s smallest coin.

  • The Changu Narayan Temple was badly damaged in the earthquake of 2015, but there are still many things to see there.

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How to Get There

It’s easiest to reach Changu Narayan from Bhaktapur. It’s about 30-minute drive. You can also take a taxi or a public bus from the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area.

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When to Get There

The temple itself is open around the clock, but the ticket booths are only manned during normal business hours. Early morning and dusk are good times to visit, if possible, as this is when the devout come to worship.

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Visit Ichangu Narayan

Rather confusingly, the village and temple of Ichangu Narayan also exist within the Kathmandu Valley. They’re on the other side of the Kathmandu Valley from Changu Narayan, south of Swayambhunath, and is also worth visiting. This temple is also dedicated to Vishnu, and dates from the 13th century. It’s an especially nice destination for cyclists leaving from central Kathmandu.

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