Budhanilkantha and Shivapuri hill Hiking Day tour
- Grade: Easy
- Duration: Single day tour
- Destination: Nepal
- Activities: Day Tours
- Departure: Every Week
- Best Seasons: All seasons
- Highest Altitude: 2732mtrs (8963 fts)
- Start-Ends: Kathmandu
The famous temple of Budhanilkantha lies at the northern outskirt of Kathmandu which is approximately 11 km from city center. Budhanilkantha is a huge and unique monolithic statue of sleeping Vishnu on the Shesh saiya (snake bed). The statue was constructed in 6-7th century during Lichchhavi period. However, Budhanilkantha is a Baisnav Temple, Shaiva and Baisnav sect of Hinduism and Buddhist jointly worship it.
This trip visits Budhanilakantha and continues the Shivapuri hill hike afterwards.
The hike starts from Panimuhan at the entry point of Shivapuri National Park. The trail runs inside the dense forest of Shivapuri Nagarjun National park with gentle elevation up to Nagi Gumpa. Nagi Gumpa is one of the major attractions of this day tour. A 3 hour uphill walk from Nagi Gumba takes you to the Baghdwar. Baghdwar is a beautiful water spring where the Bagmati Rivers starts. The trail is best hiking trail for nature walk and bird watching enthusiast. In a clear day, one might observe the spectacular panorama of snow-capped Himalayas below the northern and eastern horizon.
At the top of the Shivapuri hill, there is a white statue of legendary Shivapuri Baba. From the top, the trail connects another ridge of hill to descend down. Comparatively, the descending trail is steeper and shorter. The trail ends at Paanimuhan to complete encircling route of the Shivapuri hill day tour.