• Bungamati


    Bungamati and Khokana are a classic Newari villages. Bungamati sits atop a spur above the Bagmati river. In the centre of the lively village square is the large Rato Macchindranath Temple, a shikhar-style temple rather than a pagoda. Bungamati is a pleasant traditional Newari village that dates to the 16th century. It overlooks the Bagmati River. Bungamati is the birthplace of Rato Macchindranath. He is regarded as the patron guardian of the valley. He spends six months a year in shikhar style temple which is at the  middle of the village and the other six months in the Rato Macchindranath Temple in Patan. The courtyard around the temple has a large prayer wheel and many chortens (Tibetan Buddhist stupas). When the deity of Rato Macchindranath moves to and from Patan and Bungamati is one of the biggest festivals of the year.

    Khokana is another Newari village, a short walk across the paddy fields from Bungamati. This village is located 10 km south of Kathmandu city and has its own history and retained its tradition and culture. This is a tiny Newar Village with a reputation for two things and they are- Unique harvesting process of mustard oil and local three storey temple. The farming community of Newar who live here are mostly dependent on agriculture and much of their daily activities take place outside of their dwelling and they really do seem to embrace nature.

Day 1: Drive to Bungamati – Around Bungamati and head towards Khokana Village

Our vehicle will pick you up from your place of stay early in the morning. It is located 10 kilometer from Kathmandu. The small newari village have a lot to offer. You can see the life style of Newar community, their culture and their daily livelihood. While you look around the area there you will find masterful carvers and sculpts offering you handcrafted items. The large Shikhara style temple in the village square is yet another major attraction of the village. This temple is home for Rato Machhendranath, the patron of the valley. Then we head towards toward Khokana.

Between Khokona and Bungamati there you will find Karya Binayak Temple, dedicated to Ganesh. There are some great views from the temple of the Bagmati Valley and of Bungamati. From the road linking the hamlets, a path leads up to a beautiful clearing and the walled compound of the shrine. Here Ganesh is emerged as an elephant-shaped stone and is believed to help complete difficult tasks.

We have lunch on our way to Khokona.

Khokona is a tiny Newar Village has reputation for two things, Unique harvesting process of mustard oil and local three storey temple. Here the farming Newar community is mostly dependent on agriculture and their much of time is used for outside farming activities. After looking around the village, our vehicle will drop you to your place.

  • Land transfer to Bugamati and then from Khokona to Kathmandu by private luxury vehicle
  • Driver allowance, fuel and all road taxes
  • Experienced English Speaking guide
  • Packed Lunch, one bottle of drinking water
  • All personal expenses
  • Tips for the driver, guides
  • Tour of other sites other than Bungamati and Khokona
  • Any service not mentioned in “cost includes”