Dhulikhel & Namo Buddha

Dhulikhel is the major tourist spot of Kavre district and is famous for natural as well as historical reasons. Dhulikhel's is the administrative center of Kavre district and is located a a distance of 30 km from Kathmandu and 4 km from Banepa. Located on a hilltop surrounded by lush greenery, the place has become a major tourist attraction. The proximity to both natural beauty and historic town has added to Dhulikhel's charm. Altitude ranges from1600 to 1700m and the place is far from the pollution and crowd. Dhulikhel's main attractions are the view of rows of snow-capped peaks. Devithan hillock renowned for viewing sunrise and sunset, historic Newar settlement and the artistic temples of the town.

Dhulikhel provides an imcomparable view of the Himalayan ranges, more than other tourist places. Dhulikhel is getting increasingly popular for picnics, gatherings, seminars and other programs. A large number of people, visit "Dhulikhel" in the weekends. Some stay overnight while others return at the end of the day. Due to the proximity to the city and good road connection. Dhulikhel is being viewed as an ideal retreat for the Kathmandu. Tourist on the way to Tibet also spend their night in Dhulikhel during the tourist season. The best time of year to visit Dhulikhel is in the autumn and winter seasons. There are many luxurious hotels and lodges operating in Dhulikhel connecting Kathmandu to the eastern Terai. Likewise, the Kodari Highway connects to the Chinese border 85 km to the North. The road distance to Kavre's Namobuddha is 15 km while Nagarkot could be reached after a 5-6 hour long hike. Once can also reach Namobuddha in 2-3 hours on foot taking a shortcut trails.

Namobuddha is one of the most important religious sites of the Buddhists after Kathmandu's, Swyambhunath and bouddhanath. It is located on a picturesque hill, 45 km along Banepa, Panauti route. The religiously important Namovuddha, surrounded by serene environment and green hills, is gaining fame as an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The site is also gaining reputation as a tourist destination and more and more foreign tourists reach the place every year. Huge festival is organized here on the full moon day of Basisakh (May). the Birthday of Lord Buddha. Thousands of devotees both Buddhist and Hindu gather here for the festival. Tourist are also attracted to the artistic monasteries and the idol of "Sacrifice to the Tigress" located around the hilltop famous for viewing sunrise and sunset.
According to legends, King Maharath ruled a large town located between Panauti and a nearby town Sankhu. King Maharath has three sons, and the youngest Mahahridaya was of very benevolent nature. Once, the three princes were traveling and entered a jungle. They saw a Tigers with her 5 cubs. The Tiger was thin and weak. Prince Mahahridaya asked his brothers why the Tigers was so weak and they replied she was weak and thin due to the lack of food. The kind hearted prince thought it would be an act of great kindness if he could feed the tigers with his own body. so he started feeding the hungry tigers ripping off his body parts with branches of trees, without the knowledge of his brothers and died.

It is believed that the Stupa at Namobuddha houses the remains of the kind hearted prince. The benevolent prince's soul went straight to the heaven and is believed to have reincarnated in Nepal's Lumbini. It is said that, when Lord Buddha arrived at Namobuddha after receiving enlightenment, he revealed to his disciples that he had sacrificed his life at the spot in the earlies incarnation and the remains were housed there. The place is now regarded as a holy pilgrimage and devotees offer worship and light oil lamps in reverence.

The ancient town of Panauti located 33 km south-east of Kathmandu and 6 km south of Banepa carries huge religious and historical significance. The town proposed as a UNESCO world heritage site is full of ancients temples, indigenous tradition and cultural heritage. I t is a popular destination not only for foreigners but also for the local tourists. Houses constructed in medieval deigns, holy pilgrimage sites, artistic temples and important religious sites add to the attraction of this ancients town. The famous Makar Festival takes place at Panauti's Triveni, a confluence of three rivers. every 12 years. Millions of devotees from different parts of the country throng Panauti during the festival. Likewise, the annual Panauti Festival is also very popular among Nepali people.

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