The Bhaktapur Paradise is located amidst many natural wonders and fascinating ancient cultural sites that are just minutes away.
Bhaktapur World Heritage sites
The ancient UNESCO World Heritage city is popularly known as the “City of Devotees” and has also been called “a living museum of Nepal history”, Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines.
Bhaktapur also hosts exciting, colorful festivals throughout the year including Dashain and Tihar in the fall, Holi and Bisket Jatra Chariot festival) in the spring, and Gai Jatra in the summer. (photo)
Located just 15 minutes walk or a brief ride from the hotel, you can explore Bhaktapur for hours, days, or even weeks and still keep discovering fascinating new places, friendly people and interesting activities throughout the town. Our staff and their families have lived in Bhaktapur for generations and will be glad to take you on a special guided tour of the town they call home.
Surya Binyak Ganesh Temple
Just a 5 minutes walk into the Surya Binyak forest outside the front door of the hotel lies one of the most revered temples in the Kathmandu valley. Though the main temple is small, the temple of Surya Binayak is one of the most beautiful temples of Lord Ganesh in Nepal and also the location of the temple has added to its beauty. The open are smells of fresh air, incense sticks and nature. It is one of the must-visit temples in Kathmandu. It is especially vibrant on Tuesdays and Saturdays when hundreds of local people flock to the temple to offer pujas (offerings) to Ganesh (the good of good fortune and wealth) to heal sick children and good luck in new ventures.
Surya Binyak Forest and Gundu Valley village walk
Just beyond the Surya Binyak temple lies one of the great rhododendron forests of Nepal. The brilliant red rhododendron blossoms, the national flower of Nepal, are the highlight but the the forest is also home to many species of native birds and a variety of large and small animals. The forest surrounds the picturesque Gundu valley where local families raise animals and crops as they have for hundreds of years. Although the Gundu valley is less than 15 km from Kathmandu a visit hereis like stepping far back in time into another world. Guided hikes into the forest and valley from 1 – 3 hours can be arranged depending on your schedule, fitness and interests.
Perched atop a narrow ridge north of Bhaktapur, the beautiful and historic temple of Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the Kathmandu valley dating back to the 5th century, is a living museum of carvings from the Licchivi period. The temple is a Unesco World Heritage site, because the statues and the temple itself, which are genuine works of art. Just 6 km from Bhaktapur , the temple has relatively few visitors, which is part of its appeal. Guided tours of Changu Narayan including a 20 minute drive each way take about 2 – 3 hours.