Bhaktapur despite being the smallest district of the nation, houses some of the splendid spots including the Nagarkot, Changunarayan Temple, Asia’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva, and not to mention the phenomenal Bhaktapur Durbar Square which still preserves the unique art, architecture, and sculptures from the medieval age. The tiny district offers the refreshing hiking routes, places for sightseeing, and even propounds the pilgrim site for the devotees.
Nagarkot to Dhulikhel hiking route is among the popular hiking route around the Kathmandu Valley. As the trail goes through the lustrous jungle, a small village one can experience some new adventure during the hike. The hike starts from Nagarkot follows some ascends and descends passing through the forest, small village settlements, and finally halts at Dhulikhel or Banepa.
Suryabinayak Doleshowr Ashapuri to Sanga commonly falls under the long hiking route as it takes around 5-6 hours to complete the hike. The trail passes the two holy temples of Lord Shiva including the Doleshwor Mahadev and Ashapuri Mahadev and also provides the spectacular sight of the tallest statue of Lord Shiva in Sanga. The trail goes through the blacktopped road until reaching the Doleshwor Mahadev and then follows the dirt road till reaching the Sanga.
The Changunarayan to Telkot hike falls among the short hike as the hike can be completed within 2-3 hours depending upon the pace of walking. So this hike is suitable for those who would like to enjoy nature through the limited walking. The trail doesn’t pass through vast ascends or descends making it a relatively simple trail that goes through the alpine vegetation.
Nagarkot to Jarsing Pauwa is also among the short hike around the Kathmandu Valley. The trail offers a panoramic view of the Everest ranges. The peaceful hike goes through the jungle descends down the Jarsing Pauwa. The trail doesn’t include the steep ascends so anyone can easily commence this short hike around the valley.
Top 4 sightseeing places around Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is one of the UNESCO listed World Heritage site which is 13 km east from the capital. It was added to the world heritage list in 1979 by UNESCO as many of the historical monuments arts and sculptures are preserved in this city such as the courtyards, places, statues, and monuments. The major attractions of this palace are the Nyatopola temple, Golden gate, 55 window palace, pottery square, and many other spots.
Nagarkot stands as the most famous spot of Bhaktapur. Standing at an elevation of 2,195 meters, Nagarkot serves as one of the best spots of Bhaktapur district. The splendid hill station is famous for the majestic mountain panorama offered during the clear days. It is known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas including Mount Everest as well as other peaks of the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal. Nagarkot also offers a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley.
Pilot Baba Asharam
Lately the hill above the Suryabinayak Temple where the Pilot Baba Ashram is located is receiving the numbers of the visitor as the hill commands the spectacular view of the Kathmandu Valley on a clear day. As the road towards the hill passes through the green forest and is a well-maintained lot of visitors pay a visit to the Asharam by means of the vehicle or short hike. The beautiful Asharam also houses the small Lord Shiva Temple.
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue
Kailashnath Mahadev Statue, the tallest statue of Lord Shiva is situated at the border of Bhaktapur and Kavrepalanchowk district in Sanga. The statue receives a lot of visitors around the weekday and weekend and especially during the festival related to Lord Shiva. The statue is located at the top of the small hill over-viewing the Kathmandu Valley.
Top 4 pilgrim sites of Bhaktapur
Changu Narayan is one of the Narayan Temple among the 4 Narayan Temples of Kathmandu Valley. It is considered to be the oldest temple in Nepal. The major festival of this temples includes Haribodhani Ekadasi and Nag Panchami. During these festivals, the temple receives the number of devotees from all around the nation. The temple is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Suryabinayak Temple is just 1.3 km from the Suryabinayak Bus Station. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Mahadev. The temples receive the number of devotees on Tuesday. The Suryavinayak Temple is one of the four popular shrines of Lord Ganesh in the Kathmandu Valley.
Doleshowr Mahadev is among the Hindu temple of Lord Shiva and is believed to be the head part of Kedarnath located in Uttarakhand, India. The temple is located in Sipadol of Suryabinayak Municipality. The temple receives thousands of devotees in the month of Shrawan as the month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and special worship is carried out during the month.
The Ashapuri Mahadev is also located in Sipadol of the Suryabinayak Municipality. As Doleshowr the Ashapuri Mahadev also receives the number of devotees during the month of Shrawan as a month-long fair is conducted in the temple. Worshiping of the Ashapuri Mahadev is believed to bring good fortune. A large number of women observing fast in the month of Shrawan also visit the temple.