Panauti Namobuddha Day Hike popularly known as Namobuddha Hike is one of the most popular day hiking routes in Nepal. Panauti Namobuddha hike carries natural, cultural and religious importance throughout the hike making it a religious hike to take a glimpse of both Hindu and Buddhist sites close from the main city of Kathmandu.
Panauti-Namobuddha day hike carries a typical image of rural Nepal just close to the main city of Kathmandu with the diverse settler of different communities living together.
Panauti is an identity of the ancient city of Kathmandu valleys carrying religious important, the village Panauti is so well maintained by the locals that it can surprise any visitors being there, this small old town is in the process of being listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites making it the youngest heritage site in Nepal. The old typical Newari houses, beautiful temples and shrines will attract any travellers.
Starting from Indreshwor Mahadev Temple close to Tribeni Ghat, which is three rivers junction but one river is hidden below the ground, we head towards Unmatta Bhairab Temple and Tulanarayan Temple, visiting the Pati, Chaitya, Panauti Museum and the Ghat (Cremation spot), we hike towards the local village to Namobuddha. The beauties of Panauti will mesmerise any travellers as it makes Panauti a heritage city.
If we are visiting Panauti during MAKAR MELA a very famous festival which falls during January/February every 12 years, this can change our concept of religion and devotion. Apart from ‘Makar Mela’, the people of Panauti also practice and celebrate different festivals some annually and some monthly.
Further heading through the local village, we can enjoy the stunning view of the local lifestyle and cultivation around, villagers working in their field for cultivation and different seasonal fruits being grown all around villages among them oranges are very famous. The trail will lead us through a local village, their lifestyle, typical house, different vegetation, flora and fauna until we reach Namobuddha.
On our arrival in Namobuddha, we can visit the famous monastery. Namobuddha lies at the elevation of 1750 meters above the sea level; it carries religious importance for Buddhism, as the spot is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha was born before being born as a Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal. So, for Buddhist Namobuddha is one of the fourth holy pilgrimage sites in Nepal.
The view of the surrounding villages, hills and the mighty Himalayas will surprise any visitors. Praying flags, mani walls, monastery and monks performing their ritual ceremonies all around the Namobuddha hill will be one of the main attraction. All this makes Panauti Hike a chilling hike to explore the rural life of local people.
If you have done Namobuddha Hike before, some of the alternative day hikes for any travellers can be Phulchowki Hill Day Hike, Nagarkot Sunset View Hike Tour, Sundarijal Shivapuri Mulkharka Hike, Namobuddha Day Hike Tour or Champadevi Day Hike