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Dhulikhel: The Gateway to Tibet

Destination: Dhulikhel 

Highlights:

  • Dhulikhel: The Gateway to Tibet



  • Dhulikhel has for many centuries been an important trading center on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Since time immemorial, people of Nepal travel to Tibet to bring home salt and gold.


  • The Mountains - A Tourist Paradise
    The spectacular snow-fed mountains seen from Dhulikhel must be one of the finest panoramic views in the world. When a blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, they seem to be floating in the air. With the snowy mountains on the backdrop, Dhulikhel is a stage of immense beauty and a paradise for nature lovers.


  • The Old Town
    The oldest area of the town, the southern end, is an assembly of fine old Newari houses, often occupied by 20 or more members of the local extended families. They may not all have glazed windows, hot water or modern furniture, but they have dignity and a friendly atmosphere. Their most valuable assets are the beautifully carved windows and doors, fine examples of traditional Newari craftsmanship.


  • Temples
    There are numerous temples in the town depicting an example of traditional and old Newari craftsmanship of Dhulikhel. These are important places of worship for local people. The core area of Dhulikhel has interesting narrow cobbled streets and lanes embedded with number of Hindu Shrines and a few Buddhist Stupa.

Best time:

All around the year

Accommodation:

There are lots of hotels in Dhulikhel. You'll encounter dozen of them just simply following Araniko Highway, there are also a few near the main square and few at the foot of the hill housing Kali temple.

Transportation:

Dhulikhel is 32km east of Kathmandu. There are hourly buses (#12) from City bus station in Kathmandu to here. The buses go pass Bhaktapur and through Banepa . A taxi from Kathmandu and from Bhaktapur can also be another idea. You can take an interesting walk from Nagarkot through Nala to Banepa and from get a bus to Dhulikhel.

Description:

Dhulikhel is a small city of about 15,000 population, which hosts ethnic groups including Newars, Brahmin, Chhettri, Tamang and Dalit. The diversity of population is in part thanks to the fact that Dhulikhel has for many centuries been an important trading center on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. The plan of the city has been based on ancient Hindu planning doctrine with the position, shape, scale and dominance between buildings, temples, public squares all having their own meaning and harmony. 

Dhulikel offers a spectacular view of snow-capped Himalayan mountains considered one of the finest panoramic views in the world. When a blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, they seem to be floating in the air. 

There is much history in Dhulikel and, among others, a short visit to Namobuddha, with the Buddhist stupa and monastery, is highly recommended. There is also Panauti, a village noted for its numerous temples with magnificent woodcarvings, is a short distance from Dhulikhel, which is well worth a visit.


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