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Kathmandu Day Trip:Kathmandu Panorama Hike

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Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Day Trip:Kathmandu Panorama Hike

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Combine visits to two of Nepal’s most fascinating Buddhist and Hindu religious sites with a moderate woodlands hike during this day trip from Kathmandu. Travel to Budhanilkantha, where you visit the sacred site of sleeping Hindu deity Vishnu. Then take a moderate hike through the idyllic woodlands of Shivapuri National Park to Pullahari Monastery. This Buddhist monastery sits astride a majestic hilltop location, offering magnificent views of Kathmandu Valley below. Your day trip also includes a guide, round-trip local transport fare and admission fees.
  • Day trip from Kathmandu to two interesting religious sites
  • Travel aboard a local bus to Budhanilkantha, the site of the sleeping Hindu god Vishnu
  • Enjoy a moderate hike through Shivapuri National Park with your guide
  • Follow a hidden path to Pullahari, a hilltop Buddhist monastery offering gorgeous views of the Kathmandu valley
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Hotel Marshyangdi , Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Explore both the deep religious traditions and gorgeous outdoor scenery of Nepal during this day trip from Kathmandu. Over the course of your day, explore beautiful Hindu and Buddhist religious complexes, while also enjoying a laid-back hike through a nearby national park.

Start your trip in the morning and continue with your guide on foot to the nearest bus stop, where you climb aboard and travel like a local to your day’s first stop at Budhanilkantha.

This Hindu religious site pays homage to sleeping Vishnu, the religion’s god of preservation. Admire the elegantly carved stone statue of Vishnu visible from the outer periphery of the complex’s pond (non-Hindus are not permitted inside), a visual trick that makes the god appear to float above the water’s surface. Snap a few pictures of this striking religious center while your guide explains the background of this unique Hindu figure.

Then lace up your hiking shoes for a hike into the nearby farmlands, leading into the forest reserve at Shivapuri National Park. Register at the park gate before spending the next few hours strolling through the gorgeous woods, heading to the Buddhist monastery at Pullahari, for views of the Kathmandu Valley below.

After getting your fill of this remarkable Buddhist sanctuary, head back downhill through the forest, proceeding past some beautiful waterfalls as you head back to the bus stop for the trip back to your starting point in Kathmandu.
Stop At:  
Budhanilkantha Temple: This is a Hindu religious site dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It has a large reclining statue of Lord Vishnu. Here, travellers can observe locals offering their daily morning prayers at the temple.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
arebhir Village: Tarebhir Village is reached after around a 90-minute panoramic hike from Budhanilkantha. This village is dominated by Tamang ethnicity. Travellers will be able to observe local village life.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ranibari Park - Community Forest
Community Forest at Budhanilkantha Municipality: At the base of Shivapuri National Park is a community forest where locals come to graze their cattle. This part of the hike is a pleasant, peaceful walk and offers beautiful views of Kathmandu.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pullahari Monastery
Pullahari Monastery: Pullahari Monastery, opened in 1992, is a beautiful monastery located in the northern foothills of Kathmandu and can be reached with around an hour’s hike from Tarehir Village through the Community Forest. Travellers can experience the serenity and peacefulness here and learn about Buddhism.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A large amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking/trail shoes are recommended
  • Please note that there has been significant damage to some of the sites visited on this tour due to the earthquakes in April and May 2015
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Children below the age of 12 are not permitted on this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Since this is a proper hike, please wear comfortable clothing suitable for an active tour (we recommend full sleeves for sun and insect protection) and hiking shoes. We also recommend bringing a water bottle.
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - India
You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the social distancing policy during Kathmandu Day Trip:Kathmandu Panorama Hike?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kathmandu Day Trip:Kathmandu Panorama Hike?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Good tour. Good guide. His English...
Ian A
, Oct 2018
Good tour. Good guide. His English wasn't really up to the level where his explanations were coherent. But, he did try. And, he obviously cared about his guests. Was a good hike.
We wouldn't recomme this trip. The...
mike L
, Jan 2015
We wouldn't recomme this trip. The hiking was boring due to the pollution and fog with no scenery to see. Please be aware that there is no local transportation provided and we were not interested in getting on buses crowded with locals. We ended up to pay ourselves for the taxi ride. The tour guide however is very nice and helpful.
Lovely hike, quite steep in parts...
c j b
, Nov 2014
Lovely hike, quite steep in parts, started at a Hindu temple with large reclining goddess in a pond, ascended through beautiful mostly unspoilt rainforest to Buddhist monastery at the peak, with monks praying and chanting, and later served us an authentic lunch, then down through more open forest with goats, monkeys etc to a couple more buddhist monasteries; our guide was a genuine Sherpa; an enjoyable day out
A nice hike through the Shivapuri...
Achilleas X
, Oct 2013
A nice hike through the Shivapuri national park, to reach the beautiful monastery Nagi Gumba near the peak of Shivapuri hill. A hike down from the other side of the mountain. I went mid-October it was very sunny, remember to get some sunscreen. Guide was definitely an expert knowing the path very well. Prepare for the local transport to and fro it is a bit crammy. All in all worth doing if you haven't got too many days to do a proper trek.

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