DHULIKHEL & NAMOBUDDHA
A sightseeing tour that includes the ancient town of Dhulikhel, noted for its scenic beauty along with views of the Himalaya – particularly impressive at dawn and a nearby important Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namobuddha. Dhulikhel is situated 32 km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga (Kathmandu – Kodari Highway). The views that can be had from it range from snowy mountains like Karyolung in the east to Himchuli in the west. Between Kathmandu and Dhulikhel there is another medieval township called Banepa. Dhulikhel is connected to Kathmandu by public transportation such as buses and taxis. Buses bound for this resort town depart from the Old Bus Park in Kathmandu regularly.
Namobuddha is situated on a hill just above Panauti is an authentic Buddhist shrine which the Newars call ‘Namra Bhagawan’. The stupa is highly revered by both Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhists. The serene surrounding woods prove to be an ideal spot for spiritual meditation. The forest is believed to be the exact location where the late King Mahastawa (one of the many reincarnations of Buddha) sacrificed his own flesh for the sake of a dying tigress and her hungry cubs.