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Photo feature: Hiking to Bishnuduwar

Pratik Rayamajhi

Pratik Rayamajhi

Photo feature: Hiking to Bishnuduwar

Text and photos: Mahendra Khadka

Inside the Kathmandu valley, the Shivapuri National Park is con­sidered one of the most conve­nient and accessible destinations for nature exploration. Located at the Shivapuri hill, Bishnudwar is a hidden gem awaiting exploration. It is the place of the origin of the Bish­numati River, one of Kathmandu’s major conduits. Bishnumati (“Beloved of Lord Bishnu”) has great religious and cul­tural significance for Hindus and Buddhists alike. By the same token, so has Bishnudwar (“The door from where Bishnumati begins”).

Located at the height of 1,950 meters, the hike to Bishnudwar starts from Budhanilkantha, Kath­mandu. You can find a public vehicle or take your own private vehicle up to the Budhanilkantha temple area. A half hour walk will take you to the entrance of the Shivapuri National Park, where you pay Rs 100 entrance fee. After entering the national park, you walk towards the Shivapuri Hill, enjoying the fresh forest air. There are different routes with signboards to guide you inside the national park. Follow the signs to hike towards your destination.

Depending on your speed, a two-or-three hour hike will take you to the view point from where you can get a picturesque view of Kathman­du. Another one and half hours will get you to Bishnudwar. There are many hollow humid caves in the area and the river arises here, taking the form of a beautiful waterfall. Every­thing about this place is fresh and natural. From Bishnudwar, you have the option of either walking downhill or continuing your hike towards the Shivapuri peak.