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Not many tourists before saw the real jewels that are hidden in the Kathmandu Valley. Our Himalayan Dream Team city guides although know them all! They came up with the idea for this special itinerary that takes you in just one day to some of the finest and oldest cultural heritages of Nepal. Located just 1 hr drive from Kathmandu we located jewels as the temple of Changunarayan. In the beautiful Newari village of Panauti we are tracing back in time walking through the ancient traditional lanes where that is amazingly intact as it were hundreds of years ago.
After breakfast we leave by private car via Bhaktapur to Panauti where we also take the lunch for this 1 day trip. Situated on a small hillock, we first visit the temple of Changunarayan which is decorated with magnificent arts works in metal and wood. In fact it is one of the finest examples of Nepalese architecture, but very unknown by tourists. It was listed in the World Heritage Site in 1979 A.D.Changunarayan is the Temple of Hindu Gord Vishnu who is considered as the protector god.Although the temple dates back to 1702 A.D. when it was rebuilt after a fire,its origin goes right back to the 4th century and there are many important stone images and sculptures dating from the Licchavi period. It is said to have been built by King Hari Datta Verma in 323 A.D.
Panauti, our main destination, is an ancient Newari Village, which is also one of the former mini Kingdoms ,and yet still unspoiled and charming. It is as best saved secret located 32 km south east from Kathmandu. It is a small village at the confluenc of two rivers, Roshi Khola and Pungamati Khola. Panauti forms the shape of a triangle,with a serpent idol standing at each of its three corners to protect against floods.
In the center village, there is a massive three storied temple of lord Shiva. The roof struts depict various incarnations of Shiva.T he fine proportions and exquisite carvings are good examples of the early Newari architecture. In the past, Panauti was like trading point between Tibet and Nepal as there was walking route from here to Tibet when there were no other means of transportations. Panauti is also famous for Makar Mela which is celebrated once in a 12 years according to solar system of calendar.
Panauti was a trading point between Tibet and Nepal as there was walking route from here to Tibet when there were no other means of transportations. Panauti is also famous for Makar Mela which is celebrated once in a 12 years according to solar system of calendar.
In the afternoon we will return by car to Kathmandu (1 hr).