|On a bicycle I
to all local experiences as
no other modern traveller
can hope to be. Moving
quietly along at gentle
speeds allows me to see,
hear, and smell ...
I can stop wherever and
whenever I want to...
I am able to respond to
the greetings of workers
in the fields, passers-by,
and friendly villagers.
~ English Writer
Kathmandu Valley - Day Trips
the valley offers a great way to escape the city and merge with
the local people and landscape. You can rent a bike around the local
tourist areas of get the help of one of our sponsors.
They'll even take you to the top of the valley rim by shuttle so
the entire day is spend going downhill and exploring. If you want
to set out on your own, here are a few options below.
Set off towards
Kakani off the bifurcation at Balaju. It is a slow and easy ascent
to this hill resort 23 km northwest of Kathmandu. The entire trip
offers a magnificent view of the valley along with the fresh and
serene atmosphere of the hills. The route passes through forests,
waterfalls and meadows. There are several restaurants on the way
if you feel like resting or munching on some snacks.
For mountain bikers looking for a peaceful ride,
the road leading from Bhaktapur to Dhulikhel, a hill resort 32 km
east of Kathmandu, is simply terrific. The highway hardly sees any
traffic and the view is magnificent. Dhulikhel can also be approached
from Banepa, 4 km east of Dhulikhel, and Nala, 4 km northwest of
Banepa. Further hiking to Panauti, three hours south of Dhulikhel,
is possible. A day’s walk to Namobuddha is also a lot of fun.
Walking north from Bhaktapur, turn left from
the road leading to Nagarkot to reach Changu Narayan. The six-hour
walk is an easy one with panoramic views of the mountains, fields
and the Manohara river. There is also a small village on the eastern
side of the temple. A hike to Nagarkot from Changu Narayan takes
five hours and is more adventurous.
Starting off towards the east from Sankhu, it
takes around three-four hours to hike to Nagarkot, a hill resort
32 km east of Kathmandu. The road passes through terraced fields
and strutted houses. This route is fun for mountain biking too.
Returning from Nagarkot, you can take a different route leading
towards Banepa via Nala which takes five-six hours.
The 114-km highway starting from the bifurcation
off Thimi is the Arniko Highway that links Kathmandu with Lhasa.
The tranquility of terraced fields against the backdrop of green
hills and snowcapped mountains and interrupted by brick factories
on the roadside is what a hike on the Arniko Highway offers. Hike
or bike to Suryamode and rest in one of the restaurants. It takes
four days in total to reach the border between Nepal and Tibet and
return, if biking. The trail passes different villages and has the
best presentation of rural life. Stay overnight at Dhulikhel/Barhabise
Chobhar hill, situated 6 km south of Kathmandu,
can be reached on bike in 15 minutes from the dirt road leading
off from the Ring Road at Dhobighat. The Chobhar Gorge and the Jal
Vinayak temple are situated here. After another 15 minutes’
biking from here at Khare Bazaar, follow the dirt road leading to
the right. On reaching Bansbari, hike for two hours through forest
area to reach Champa Devi. This is an ideal place from where to
view the whole valley. The return route can be different reaching
anywhere between Pikhel and Pharping.
Kirtipur is situated 6 km southwest of
Kathmandu and can be reached in half an hour on bike. On reaching
the main bazaar, head north uphill to the Bagh Bhairav temple which
has an interesting tale. Bike further uphill to reach the Shiva-Parvati
temple from where you can have a splendid view of the Kathmandu
Valley. Return to the bazaar and take the road leading southwest
and then follow a dirt road to the Adinath Lokeswar temple.
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