Bungamati Khokana Village Tour

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  • Group Size: 1-10 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 1 Days
  • Country: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Level: Adventures

The Bungamati Khokana Village Tour is one of the easiest yet enthralling and peaceful tours around the Kathmandu valley. It is a perfect excursion for travelers who wish to carve out the Nepali history and culture without going astray from the capital city. From the ethnically disposed Bungamati to the naturally beautiful Khokana, this spectacular day tour has so much to offer. With comfortable private transportation and a professional tour guide at your disposal, exploring the oldest villages of Nepal is enjoyable as well as informational. Bungamati is the home to the popular Rato Macchindranath Temple and the Karya Binayak Temple. Likewise, Khokana is known for its green paddy fields covering the major portion of the Newari village.
The notable Bungamati and Khokana Village Tour starts early in the morning after a satisfying breakfast at your hotel. It is about 45 minutes drive from Kathmandu to Lalitpur district on a private vehicle. While at Bungamati, you will take a tour around the village. It is here that you will visit the Rato Macchindranath, which is a large shikhara-style temple. During the annual festival of the Rato Machhindranath parade, the chariot temple is towed by the devotees to all the major places in Patan. From here, moving past the main courtyard, it is time to visit the Karya Binayak, a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh.
Heading north from Bungamati, you will reach the Khokana village, which is a very short distance from Bungamati. This typical Newari village is famous for mustard oil. Here, you will still find old styled wooden mills that produce mustard oil. At Khokana, there is a pagoda style temple known as the Shree Rudrayani Temple worshipped as the manifestation of goddess Durga. On completion of the village tour, it is time to drive back to your hotel.

Trip Highlights

• Experience the typical rural life in the Newari villages of Bungamati and Khokana
• Temporary getaway from the bustling Kathmandu city
• Visit the Bungamati culture museum and Rato Macchindranath temple
• Encounters with characteristic local people, cultural villages, Hindu and Buddhist temples
• Visit De Pukha, the central pond, Karya Binayak temple, Shree Rudrayani Temple, and Sikhli (Sikhali) temple
• Witness local villagers engaged in traditional craftsmanship
• Bask in the breathtaking views of the Kathmandu valley as well as the surrounding hills
• Discover the richness and creativity of a typical Newari cuisine

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Arrival on: Kathmandu | Departure from: Kathmandu
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    Bungamati Village

    Bungamati is a classical medieval village lying across the Bagmati River from Chhobar and dominated by the huge shikara style Rato Macchindranath Temple. During the era of the Licchavi Kingdom, the town was known by the name of Bugayumi. And later in the Malla period, it was called Bungapattan. The Bungamati village lies 10km away from Kathmandu valley. With its strings of brick houses and confined streets tiled with stones, Bungamati is as traditional a Newari village as any other Newari settlement in the valley. Bungamati is the summer abode of the Rato Macchindranath, the powerful god of rain and fertility. A mega festival is organized in this village in every twelve years.
    Bungamati is famous for its large number of skilled woodcarvers. Most of the carved windows and doors seen in the present day at some homes in the valley probably were brought from Bungamati. While touring around the Bungamati village, it is likely that you will see one of the skilled artisans engaged in their craftsmanship. A lesser known yet an important part of historical importance in Bungamati is the living goddess, Kumari. It is a general belief that there are only three Kumaris, one each in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan districts. However, Bungamati has its own living goddess, Kumari.

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    Khokana Village

    Khokhana is a traditional Newari village about 8km south of Kathmandu valley. The village has been nominated to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. People call this village a living museum as it expresses the medieval times showcasing the valley lifestyle during the ancient era. Khokana was the first town in Nepal to be lit with electricity during the reign of Chandra Shamsher Rana. Before the construction of a motorable road through Pharping, people had to walk through Khokana village to visit the Dakshinkali Temple.
    The inhabitants of Khokana village are Newars and they mostly engage on farming activities. While touring this village, one can observe the daily activities of the local people. Women are seen outside their houses actively busy on spinning wools or winnowing rice while men are seen to be crushing seeds, weaving hay mats or stitching clothes. The village of Khokana is very well known for its unusual harvesting and production of rich mustard oil. The main attractions of this village are Rudrayani Temple, De Pukhu, Jitapur Mandap, and Sikhli Temple. Besides the De Pukhu, there are several other ponds namely Pala Pukhu, Kutu Pukhu, Ga Pukhu, Kha Pukhu, Samal Pukhu, and Dhokasi Pukhu.

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    Macchindranath Temple

    The Macchindranath Temple is known by the name of Bungadeya to the locals. It is also known by the name of “Karunamaya” which means the personification of love and kindness. The Rato Machhindranath has remained the patron god of Patan since the medieval times. The vital ceremonial focus of Bungamati is the temple of Macchindranath. Bungadeya has several significant legendary, historical and modern-day ritual involvements with water. Bungadeya being a primitive rain god was later recognized with the compassionate Aryavalokitesvara. The patron of the valley, Macchindranath and his large shikhara-style temple in the middle of the village square is his home for six months in a year. The remaining six months, he spends in Patan. The process of moving him to and fro between Patan and Bungamati is one of the most noteworthy festivals in Kathmandu. The huge Machhindranath temple where the deity once resided was damaged during the 2015 earthquake. The temple is now being reconstructed from the foundations and the chowk around the temple still remains a favorite place of the people of this Newari town.

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    De Pukhu

    De Pukhu is a large water pond located in the Chwe Lachi square. Literally De Pukhu in English means God Pond. The present three-storey Rudrayani temple used to be six floors in ancient times. Due to an earthquake long time back, the temple was destroyed and only three floors remained. The broken parts of the temple fell into the pond, so the pond was called De Pukhu.
    During a major festival of Khokana, a young goat is sacrificed in the pond by drowning. After the goat dies, a group of young men fight for the goat. As a cultural coercion, the group winning the goat has to perform a cultural drama during the Shikali jatra, yet another local festival. However, this festival celebrated in Khokana has received widespread condemnations and severe criticism about the way of sacrificing the goat.

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    Karya Binayak Temple

    Lying halfway between Bungamati and Khokana, Karya Binayak is a small, yet an artistic temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Placed in the middle of a forest area, the temple is one of the four Binayakas of the Kathmandu valley. The object of worship in this temple is an elephant-shaped rock followers of Lord Ganesh flock to this temple on Tuesdays in large numbers. Visitors can be seen here on Saturdays for a local feast as well as some devotional music.
    Bells can be seen on all facades of the temple and the two metal flags on either sides of the door give it a traditional outlook. The omnipresent vehicle of Lord Ganesha, the rat facing the shrine in the courtyard is noticeable even from a distance.

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    Rudrayani Temple

    The Rudrayani temple is an influential three-storey temple located in the Chwe Lachi square in Khokana. Before the devastating earthquake in 1934 BS, it is believed that this temple was 6-storey. The earthquake caused damage to the three floors which fell into a nearby pond thereby being named De Pukhu meaning God pond. Goddess Rudrayani is revered as the incarnation of Goddess Durga and the mother goddess of the town. The temple was built during the reign of Amar Malla with the most characteristic architectural attributes seen in the second floor of the temple. During the month of October, Rudrayani Jatra is performed here.

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  • Transportation on a comfortable private vehicle.
  • Government certified English speaking professional tour guide.
  • All taxes and administrative charges
  • Hotel pick-ups and drops
  • General first aid kits

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  • Food and Beverages.
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  • Any unexpected expenses due to circumstances beyond our control (natural calamities, political ruckus, epidemics, strikes, etc.)
  • Other expenses not listed in the “What’s Included” section.
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • International flights.
  • Permits or Entrance fees for monuments or museums.
  • Medical/Travel Insurance.
  • Tips for guide and driver. (Tips are expected).
  • Food and Beverages.
  • Personal Expenses (including laundry, snacks, phone calls, etc.)
  • Any unexpected expenses due to circumstances beyond our control (natural calamities, political ruckus, epidemics, strikes, etc.)
  • Other expenses not listed in the “What’s Included” section.

 

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