Walks around the Valley

There are many very beautiful walks within the Kathmandu Valley that combines cultural experience and natural heritage. Most of these walks can be accomplished in a day unless wants to combine some and make few days trip. On all of them, you will sample the rewards of getting off the beaten track: the serenity of the countryside and the drama of mountain views. Most walks also will take you to sites of great spiritual importance.

This is a splendid and varied walk for persons who do not like climbing hills.  The trail passes through several little Chhetri settlements.

As you pass the stone paved street leading to the temple, not the quantities of stone sculptures littering the roadside. After marveling at the beauties of Changu Narayan temple, cross the courtyard and leave through a doorway on the western side. Aim for a point northwest of Changu Narayan where a collection of small houses and a little tea room encourage you on your descent.
This is a good hard day’s walk with the combination of culture with spectacular mountains views. Sankhu is a typical newari village and a world heritage site, which was once the trading route between Kathmandu and Lhasa. This hike will take you to from countryside to the uphill mountain views through the cluster of tea houses where you can refresh yourself with hot and cold drinks. As you rise out of the Valley onto a grassy saddle, you get the first glimpse of the high snow peaks of the Himalayas.
This area is known as Jamacho Forest Reserve then, which means you need to buy a ticket to enter this site. This forest is covered with beautiful pines and a home of bears, leopards and a multitude of birds. The descent to Balaju is fairly easy, with excellent views across the Valley to the Ganesh Himal range.
This walk will take you to one of the remote parts of the Valley and through traverse paddy and maize fields and a bamboo groove. Finally the trail will take you to the monastery and settlement of Kopan. From here, you can also see Bodhnath Stupa to the southwest part of the monastery.
This is an adventurous trek, which will take you to the newar settlements. Kirtipur is a fascinating Newar settlement with the great views of mountains and just admire the daily life of the local people. After admiring Kirtipur, walking towards Chobar and then walk towards Patan….
You can combine these treks into one. It takes you through from the mountainous views and the attractive trails. Panauti is typically Newari village.

The oldest three-storied Hindu temple Indreshwar Mahadev Mandir, which is believed to date from the 13th century, can be seen on the southwest of the village. This temple has admiring woodcarvings and roof strut figures are carved from single lengths of wood.

Namobuddha is one of the Nepal’s holiest Buddhist sites and commemorates the supreme compassion of the Buddha in his legendary self-sacrifice to a starving tigress at Panuati. Namobuddha is dominated by a large stupa surrounded by chaityas, bells, prayer wheels and Buddhist accoutrements.
Swayambhunath, Bodhnath’s simple beauty, Tastes of Tibet

Swayambhunath : A top a green hilltop west of Kathmandu, at the point where the legendary patriarch Manjushri discovered the lotus of ancient Valley lake, stands the great stupa of Swayambhunath. On all the four sides of this ancient structure, looking out in all directions at the Valley below, are painted the eyes of the Lord Buddha. Apart just being a temple, it also offers great view of whole Kathmandu Valley. On all four sides of this ancient structure looking out in all directions at the Valley below are painted the eyes of the Buddha. Their gaze is one of compassion, an omnisighted stare from beneath heavy black eyebrows. Between them is a mystic third eye, symbol of true wisdom. The nose, with the appearance of an incomplete question mark, is the Nepalese number of ‘ek’ or ‘one’ a symbol of unity.

Bodhnath’s simple beauty : The other great stupa of the Valley and the largest in all of Nepal, is Bodhnath. Bodhnath’s great size and its red, white and blue painted eyes, are more remarkable even than Swayumbhunath give it a striking appearance.

Tastes of Tibet : With a community of Tibetan exiles, the Kathmandu Valley is fast becoming one of the principal centers of Tibetan culture outside of Tibet. Several Buddhist monasteries have sprung up in the immediate vicinities of Bodhnath and Swayambhunath. Near Pharping, just outside the valley southwest of Patan, Tibetans have built a white castle-like monastery on a forested slope at the entrance to the Gorakhnath cave, formerly a hermit’s refuge now turned into a thriving center of Tibetan worship. On the platform in front of the cave are the footprints, which according to the inscription were carved in 1390. Tibetan Buddhists consider this site sacred to Padma Sambhava, the “second Buddha” who introduced Buddhism to Tibet.
Shiva is a composite god. He is both Destroyer and Creator. Shiva is usually represented as a light-skinned man with a blue throat, five faces, four arms and three eyes.

Throughout the year, Shiva is worshiped at Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the four most important pilgrimage sites in Asia for Shiva devotees. Shiva displays only his sweeter side: a shepherd of animals and humans, and prime inheritor of original Vedic beliefs of fertility.

Friendly monkeys may escort you up the stepped path climbing the hill, which has many votive shikharas and shrines topped by Shiva lingas.