Okay, with all the rain around, I accept that it’s not the perfect time for hiking. But what the heck, I thought? I could still do it.
So I headed towards Shivapuri National Park with a friend this past Saturday. It was a clear sunny morning (fingers crossed!), in what was near perfect conditions to go hiking in the hills surrounding Kathmandu Valley.
We set out for Bishnudwar, the origin of Bishnumati River and a popular hiking destination.
The hike begins in earnest from the main entrance of Shivapuri National Park at Budhanilkantha, and it can take up to four hours to get to the top. If you have a two-wheeler you can ride all the way up to the village of Dandagaun, from where you can reach Bishnudwar in about two-and-a-half hours.
Rain or shine, there are likely to be many hikers and cyclists along the trail, particularly on weekends, so you are unlikely to get lost.
The way to Danda Gaun from Budhanilkantha is particularly beautiful with its well-preserved path that passes through a forest.
There were many vehicles parked at Dandagaun. They had come bearing hikers and picnickers visiting Bishnudwar on this clear Saturday morning.
If you are coming here for a hike, don’t bother to carry snacks: there are many eateries and resorts at Dandagaun. That way, you will feel lighter on your foot too.
The trail to Bishnudwar from Dandagaun passes through more dense forest, and the path is decent enough for cycles and motorcycles.
Weather permitting, you can also catch stunning views of Kathmandu Valley from some spots.
The main draw of Bishnudwar are its forest stream and the waterfall. The place is generally crowded with selfie-takers and TikTokers during weekends.
You can climb further up towards the main waterfall, but the path can be slippery, so caution is advised.