The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies
in the district of Mustang and is situated
about 18-km northeast of Jomsom at an
altitude of about 3,749 m. The temple is situated
on a high mountain range and is visited
during fair weather. There are two ways to go
to Muktinath from Kathmandu. Either takes
a direct flight from Kathmandu via Pokhara
to Jomsom and hike for a couple of hours
via Kagbeni or to trek all the way from Pokhara.
Gorkha is the birthplace of King Prithvi
Narayan Shah the Great, the founder of modern
Nepal. Situated on a hill overlooking the
snowy peaks of the Himalaya is a beautiful
old palace known as Gorkha Durbar. There
are two attractive Temples of Gorakhnath
and Kali inside the palace precinct. Gorkha
can be reached in about six hours by road from
Kathmandu and four hours from Pokhara. A side
trip Manakamana temple on the way to
Gorkha is very enjoyable and interesting.
Helambu, situated about 72-km northwest of Kathmandu,
is famous of its scenic grandeur and pleasant
climate. There are many Buddhist monasteries.
Amidst a rich and enchanting landscape.
Sundarijal, the starting point to trek to
Helambu, is a mere 11-km away from Kathmandu.
For those seeking the ultimate pan-Himalayan
view, Daman is the place to go. Located
80-km southwest of the Kathmandu Valley,
Daman (2,400 m) offers the only unimpeded view
of the entire Himalayan range. Daman
is located on the Tibhuvan Highway in between
Kathmandu and the town of Birgunj. There is
a view tower fitted with long range telescopes.
Daman can be reached in four hours from
A great religious place, Janakpur
is famous as the birthplace of Sita,
the consort of Lord Ram. There is an artistic
marble temple of Sita (Janaki), popularly
known as Naulakha Mandir. Religious festivals,
trade fairs and other festivals are held here
on Bivaha Panchami and Ram Navami. Janakpur
is also linked with Kathmandu by air and road.
The second largest city of Nepal, Birtanagar
has some of the largest industrial undertaking
in the country, There are a couple of pilgrimage
spots in Dharan and Barahachhetra
nearby the city, Biratnagar is linked
with Kathmandu by air and road.
Located on a 1000m ridge in Tanahu district
some 140km from kathmandu, Bandhipur's
hallmark is its beautiful scenery, At the easternpart
of the town is the pagoda -roofed Bindabasini
temple which houses goddess Durga,
Bandipur's guardian deity. The rich wooden carvings
and detailed brass -work that adorned the temple
are replicas of those found in the many old
pagoda structure of the Kathmandu
valley. The other important temples
and shrines in the vicinity include the Mahalaxmi
temple with its exquisite woodwork and the khadga
Devi temple which comes alive once a year during
the Dasain festival.
The temple of Manakamana lies atop a
1,302-m hill. The deity is one of the manifestations
of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati who is
believed to have the power to fulfill wishes.
It is one of the most popular pilgrimage
sites in Nepal.
Manakamana is situated 125 km to the
west of Kathmandu. It is a steep three-hour
hike to the hilltop from Abu Khaireni on the
Kathmandu-Gorkha highway. Or you can
take the cable car at Cheres, 104 km from Kathmandu
on the highway to Pokhara. Package
tours are available, and you can be back
the same day. There are hotels at Manakamana
if you want to stay the night.