Lalitpur known for its cultural heritage, specifically for its tradition of arts and crafts is also known as the city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. Lalitpur houses abundant of sightseeing, hiking, and cultural destinations including the phenomenal Patan Durbar Square, Bungmati and Khokana for sightseeing, Lakuri Bhanjyang, Phulchowki for hiking, and many more. Lalitpur stands as the third-largest city of the nation and offers some of the spectacular destinations for visitors and travelers.
Top 3 hiking routes around Lalitpur
Lakuri Bhanjyang to Suryabinayak
Lakuri Bhanjyang to Suryabinayak is a popular hiking route that connects the Lalitpur and Bhaktapur district. The hike starts from the Lamatar and ascends towards the Lakuri Bhanjyang from there it then goes downhill towards the Suryabinayak. The trail offers the mesmerizing panorama of mountains ranges in the north and goes through the lustrous jungle and some small villages. The hike takes around 5-6 hours to complete. Lakuri Bhanjyang is also famous a picnic spot many people come here for a picnic and enjoys the spectacular environment.
Godawari to Phulchowki
Standing at an elevation of 2780m, Phulchowki is the highest hill of Kathmandu Valley, which also receives snowfall during the winter season. The hike from Godawari to Phulchowki is among the popular hike around the valley which goes through the subtropical forest of Godawari. The hike starts from Godawari and gradually ascends towards the Phulchowki for about 4 hours. The hill propounds the magnificent view from the eastern part of the Annapurna range to Gaurishanker along with the bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley.
Lele to Bhattedanda
Lele to Bhattedanda hike is among the tough hike around the Valley as it goes towards the remote area of Lalitpur which is filled with several ascends and descends. The hike goes through the forest and small villages following the gravel road with some steep ascends and descends. The hike starts from Lele and then goes towards the Bhattedanda for around 3-4 hours.
Top 4 Sightseeing places around Lalitpur
Patan Durbar Square
Included in the UNESCO world heritage site, Patan Durbar Square resembles the Newari Architecture and is best known for its artistic heritage. The Durbar Square blends the combination of cultural sites with the unique architecture. The major attraction of the Durbar Square includes Patan Museum that specializes in bronze statues and religious objects, Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, famous as the Golden Temple, Golden Window built for King Siddhi Narshing Malla and Krishna Mandir the famous temple of Lord Krishna built in the 17th century.
Godawari Botanical Garden
Situated at the lap of hill Phulchowki, the Godawari Botanical Garden serves as the National Botanical Garden of Nepal. The Garden is surrounded by lush green hills and accompanied by a pleasant environment along with natural diversity. The Botanical Garden house more than 500 species of flora and is a perfect spot for bird watching. The peaceful and calm environment of the Godawari Botanical Garden certainly allures a lot of visitors throughout the year.
Lalitpur owns the only Zoo in Nepal, the Central Zoo which is located at the Jawlakhel. The Central Zoo, with an area of about 6 ha., provides shelter to a total of 870 individual mammals, bird, fish, and reptile of 109 species including 15 of 38 endangered local species including Royal Bengal tigers and One-horned rhinoceros.
Bungmati and Khokana
Bungmati is a typical Buddhist Newar village that is located on a spur of land overlooking the Bagmati River. Bungmati is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath. Bungmati is incredibly rich in culture, writing, arts, and architecture, it offers hundreds of handcrafts woodcarvers, and sculptures. Likewise, Khokana is also a small and traditional Newari Village which is known for its rich mustard oil. Khokana today has been nominated to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage as it represents the idiom village rich with its mustard production.
Top 5 Pilgrim sites around Lalitpur
The temple of Bisankhu Narayan is situated near Godawari on the way to Lakuri Bhanyang. Bisankhu Narayan is among the four Narayan of Kathmandu Valley and is dedicated to Lord Bishnu. There is a steep stairway that climbs to the temple. And for returning back one should pass a narrow cave, now the person who gets stuck on the cave is blamed for sin whereas those who pass the cave are said to be free of any sins.
Krishna Mandir is situated in the area of Patan Durbar Square is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is opened all the time but it usually receives the numbers of devotees during the festival of Krishna Janmashtami that falls during the month of Bhadra. The temple is then decorated with colorful papers, lights, and flowers during the festival.
The Banglamukhi Temple is located at Patan and is dedicated to Devi. The temple premises is large and houses other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, goddess Manakamana. Banglamukhi Temple is a popular Hindu temple that receives maximum devotees every Thursday for the success of their personal as well as professional lives.
Santaneshowr Mahadev Temple is located in Bodegaun, Lalitpur, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that childless people who worship the deity will soon be blessed with children. The temple is especially crowded during the festivals of Shivaratri, Balachaturdashi, Teej, and the month of Shrawan.
Bajrabarahi Temple is located in a small forest of Chapagaun, Lalitpur, and is also known as the tantric goddess. The temple not only has the image of the goddess but also the statue of Nawadevta on its left and right sides, along with the statue of Lord Shiva. Vajra Barahi is considered to be the consort of Asta Bhairav and is also worshipped as a Matrika.