Bungamati is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath, regarded as the patron of the valley, and the large shikhara – style temple in the centre of the village square is his home for six months of the year. He spends the rest of his time in Patan. The process of moving him around Patan and backwards and forwards to Bungamati is central to one of the most important annual festivals in the valley. The chowk around the temple is one of the most beautiful in the valley – here one can see the heart of a functioning Newari town. There are many Chortens and a huge prayer wheel, clearly pointing to the syncretism nature of the Newari religion.
Khokana in Nepal is situated just north of Bungamati. It is a tiny Newari village with a reputation for two things – mustard oil and the local temple. The Newari who live here eke out a simple living off the land. Much of their daily activities take place outside of their dwellings and they really do seem to embrace nature.
The cost is USD 75 per person
The above cost includes: All land transfer by private a/c vehicle as per the itinerary, English speaking guide, all monuments entrance fee, packed lunch with mineral water etc.
The above cost excludes: All personal nature expenses, bar bills, laundry, tips etc.