Visit the town and temple of Budanilakantha, Nagi Ghompa convent and Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park on a full-day tour from Kathmandu. View the Kathmandu Valley and Himalayan mountains, and look for local wildlife in the national park.
Private 6-hour tour with Nagi Ghompa hike, from Kathmandu
Keep an eye out for native wildlife in the national park
Stop at Nagi Ghompa convent and meet some resident nuns
Visit the revered Hindu shrine in Budanilakantha
Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Thamel district of Kathmandu
Start your day with morning pickup by your guide and a scenic drive to the village of Budanilakantha. Located in the Shivapuri foothills, Budanilakantha contains the most sacred Hindu shrine for Hindu followers in Nepal. The shrine holds a Narayan (Lord Vishnu) statue that measures 16 feet (5 meters) and was carved from a single stone more than 1,000 years ago. From there, begin hiking through thick forest of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, passing waterfalls and typical villages. Keep an eye out for wildlife including a variety of birds. When you arrive at the convent of Nagi Ghompa, enjoy time to soak in the views and learn about the daily life of the nuns. Then trek down to the Budanilakantha and visit a local temple. At the end of your trek, your vehicle meets you to take you back to your Kathmandu hotel.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Mar 2018
I basically paid 98 to be driven to the national park and brought to the monastery. The nuns closed the prayer room a few minutes after I got there, and my guide wasn't able to tell me anything about the monastery's history or the daily life of the nuns, and I didn't get to meet any of them, as the site had advertised. He basically just brought me to the top, asked if 20 minutes would be enough to walk around and take pictures, and disappeared into one of the buildings, and I didn't know where I was allowed to go, so I just sat there. He came back and I asked, Is that all? I thought I was supposed to 'meet some resident nuns' and 'learn about the daily life of the nuns' and he just stared blankly at me. The national park made us hire a nature guide at the gate, and thankfully he knew enough that I was able to learn something. The monastery was good to see, but the tour company was a huge disappointment. I wish I'd booked with a different company that hired a knowledgeable guide.