Ride on local transport, learn the stories behind the tranquil sleeping Vishnu, get off the beaten track in spectacular woodlands near Kathmandu, behold the stunning view of Kathmandu valley and discover the path to the hidden monastery at Nangi Gompa.
What to Expect
Rendezvous at 07:00 where your guide will take your small group to hobnob with the locals on an enjoyable bus ride to Budhanilkantha. Here you'll wonder at the magnificently carved stone idol of the sleeping Vishnu, Hindu god of preservation which appears to float on a beautiful pond. Hear the interesting story of this idol and snap photographs of the tranquil location.
Enjoy a hike through verdant farmlands into the Shivapuri National Park, you'll follow woodland paths to a hidden Buddhist Monastery, Nangi Gompa. Here you can take in a fantastic wide angle view of the Kathmandu valley and spot beautiful birds amongst the trees. If it's a clear day, you can even glimpse the Himalayas.
The descent through the forest reserve all the way to Sundarijal allows time to encounter waterfalls and ends at a colorful local bazaar. Catch local transport back to Kathmandu where you are free to continue your own exploration or your friendly local guide will assist with the return to your hotel.
- English speaking guide
- Entry fees to Shivapuri National Park
- Local transport
What's Not Included
- Items of a personal nature
- Packed Lunch
- Tips or gratuities for guide
Know Before You Go
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia. Modest clothing is recommended. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong. If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. It is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this trip.