Shivapuri Hill Hiking Gain insight into Nepal’s religions in a fun and active way on this small-group Shivapuri hill hiking from Kathmandu. Take local transport or private to Budhanilkantha, the holy site of the sleeping Vishnu(Hindu’s god). Then enjoy a moderate hike with your guide through the woodlands of Shivapuri National Park to Nagi Gompa. Buddhist monastery(Nagi Gompa) where panoramic views of the Kathmandu valley. Finish with a stop at a local bazaar in Budhanilkhantha, before heading back to Kathmandu.
Budhanilkantha and Shivapuri hill
In the morning, walk 15 minutes with your guide and small group to the nearest bus stand, where you’ll jump on board and travel like a local 40 minutes to get Budhanilkantha. Or Private car pickup you from the hotels then drop you in Budhanilkantha. This holy site is home to sleeping Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Observe the magnificently carved stone idol of sleeping Vishnu from the outer periphery of the pond (non-Hindus are not allowed inside), on which Vishnu seems to float. Be sure to have your camera ready as your guide tells the interesting story of this venerated religious figure.
You’ll then embark on a moderate 9-mile (15-km) hike into the surrounding farmlands, and through Kathmandu’s nearest forest Shivapuri National Park. After registering at the park entry gate, take a pleasant 2.5-hour walk to a hidden Buddhist monastery, Nagi Gompa. This spot is great for bird watching, and on a clear day, you may be able to see the snow-capped Himalayas! You may also purchase snacks here. Once you’ve snapped some unforgettable photos, descend down the hill and continue hiking 1 hour through the woodlands. Pass waterfalls then out of the forest until you reach Sundarijal. Where you’ll visit a local bazaar. After your hike, hop back on the bus or your private car will pick up you and begin your 1-hour journey back to Kathmandu.