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Other Area Attractions

Dakshinkali: Canopied by four gilded serpents spiralling up create a pinnacle; this open shrine is dedicated to the ferocious Hindu female deity Kali. Dakshinkalis location is in the midst of a soothing jungle just 20 km. south from the Kathmandu Valley. It is especially active here during the Dashain festival.

Kakani: Located at 1982m. of altitude in the Shivapuri National Park, Kakani is one of the most remarkable mountain balconies for viewing the chain of Himalayan peaks directly north of Kathmandu. It is known for sunsets. It is just 29 km due north of Kathmandu with many interesting shops and villages along the route.

Godavari Botanical Gardens: Godavari is a preferred place for horticultural devotees; the royal Botanical Garden attracts all those who love nature in its pristine form. The peaceful garden is also a preferred place for watching birds and lies 22 km. south of Kathmandu. It is also part of the Patan tour

Sankhu: The town of Sankhu is north east from Kathmandu. This unspoiled Newar settlement is best known for its cultural richness as well as the 17th century Vajra Yogini shrines atop a nearby mountain. Adding to its medieval grandeur are the quaint streets and rows of old artistic buildings and temples. This place is also known as the Eighty Siddhas as there are four of five caves where the siddhas of India are said to have stayed. One of the caves is also said to have been the practice cave of Nagarjuna, and an image of the great master which was originally in the cave has been taken outside for showing.

Bungamati: is a classic Newa village dating from the 16th century. It is perched on a spur of land overlooking the Bagmati River. Bungamati is the birthplace of Rato Macchindranath, regarded as the patron of the valley. There is a Shikar style temple in honour of Rato Macchindranath. The statue of Rato Macchindranath is moved from Patan to Bungamati Central every 6 months. The process of moving the statue is one of the most important annual festivals in the valley. The chowk around the temple is one of the most beautiful in the valley, a place where a visitor can see the heart of a functioning Newa town. In Bungamati the Karya Binayak temple is also one of the most important temples in Nepal, it is dedicated to Ganesh. The view from the Karya Binayak, (surrounded by large bamboo stands) looks down upon the Bagmati valley.

National Woodworking Museum: The National Woodworking Museum is located in Tachapal Tole (Dattatreya Square) in the beautiful city of Bhaktapur. The museum is a set of museums within a museum. They contain very finely carved pillars, windows, doors, and struts. The Pujari Math portion is a museum in itself, with the very finest of Newar woodcarving including the famous Peacock Window. It is here that you will find the beautiful Newar wood carvings (which include the famous Peacock window). Also, there are wood carving samples that date back to the l5th century. Wood was a major construction item long before that time but not very much has survived due to the adverse effects of time and weather. The building was constructed in the l5th century by King Yaksha Malla. It is called the Pujari Math and outside the Math portion you must walk along an alley where the celebrated Peacock Window is situated. One of the most interest things about the National Woodworking Museum is an astounding amount of murals that adorn the walls; each of a different deity. Dattatreya, Shiva-Parbati and Bishnu are all pictured here. Bring your camera

Patan Museum: (see link of exhibitions below) This museum is truly world class and well-funded!

http://www.patanmuseum.gov.np/

Nagarkot: At a height of 2165 meters above sea level. The hilltop is visited for viewing beautiful sunrises and sunsets. On clear days one can view Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker and Mt. Everest. This is a great spot to stay for a few days and take day hikes from here.

Dhulikhel: If you are staying in Nepal for an extended time you may want to visit this area east of Bhaktapur. This part of Nepal is a melting pot ethnic cultures that is fascinating. The people here are Newars, Brahmin, Chhettri, Tamang and Dalit. Drinking water in Dhulikhel is some of the best water in Nepal. Dhulikhel has for many centuries been an important trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. For centuries the people of Nepal travelled to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. Likewise, the Tibetans every year (with their flocks of sheep) entered into Nepal during Dashain. They purchased chilies and other daily necessities in Nepal then returned to their homeland. In those days people would walk from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel in one day because of the easy availability of food and water at Dhulikhel. It was also a good spot for an overnight stay. After adjoining with Tibet by motor road in 1965, Dhulikhel got a face lift and developed as a tourist destination for both Tibet trippers and tourists. Dhulikhel is an ideal station to stop for overnight stay while going to Tibet and coming back to Kathmandu.