Dhulikhel is a beautiful destination close to Kathmandu. In earlier days Dhulikhel was an ideal location to stop for overnight stay while going to Tibet or coming back to Kathmandu. Dhulikel is a small settlement nearly 30 kilometers from Kathmandu and is situated at an elevation of nearly 1650 meters. Dhulikhel offers superb views of the Himalayan range. Dhulikhel was for many centuries a trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. One day walk from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel was comfortable for Tibet trippers with easily available of food and water at Dhulikhel at the evening for overnight stay. Dhulikhel is situated at the foothills of the Panchkhal valley, about 21 miles east of Kathmandu on the Chinese-built Arniko Highway which leads to Tibet. Spectacular snowfed mountains seen from Dhuklikhel is one of the finest panoramic views in the world. Dhulikhel is a stage of immense beauty and a paradise for nature lovers.
The panorama offers a majestic undisturbed view of the Himalayan ranges stretching from Mount Annapurna in the far west to Mount Karolung in the Far East. More than twenty Himalayan peaks including Mount Annapurna (8091 meters), Mount Ganesh, Himal (7429 meters), Mount Langtang (7234 meters), Mount Phuribichyachu (6637 meters), Mount Gaurishanker (7134 meters), Mount Lhotse (2516 meters) and many others can be seen in their full glory from the different vantage points of Dhulikhel. The view surprise tourist with an unforgettable experience for lifetime.
Dhulikhel is a historic town with assembly of fine old Newari houses. They may not have the modern amenities like hot water or modern furniture but they have offer hospitality and a friendly atmosphere. Eyecathching aspect is the beautifully carved windows and doors, which are examples of traditional Newari craftsmanship.Plan of the city is based on ancient Hindu planning doctrine with the position, shape, scale & dominance between buildings, temples, public squares all having their own harmony. Another settlement is Shrikhandapur, which lies 2 kilometers west of the city center. It is believed that the settlement is protected by Swet Bhairav (an incarnation of Lord Shiva) and Narayan (Vishnu) deties.There are numerous temples here. In the centre of the old town is the Narayan Temple with its yellow metal roofs, Gaukhureshwor Mahadev Temple, Bhagwati temple and the Harisiddhi Temple are three important ones. They have beautiful wood carvings and fronted by two Garudas.The core area of Dhulikhel has interesting narrow cobbled streets, lanes embedded with number of Hindu Shrines and a few Buddhist Stupa. Tundikhel Recreation Park and is located in a peaceful and quite environment further up hill within half an hour trek, the Bhagwati (Kali) Temple is a beautiful pagoda. Nagarkot could be reached after a 5 to 6 hour hike. Once can also reach Namobuddha in 2 to 3 hours on foot.
Places of interest
- Himalaya / Mountain View
- Tundikhel Recreation Park
- Narayan Temple
- Gaukhureshwor Mahadev Temple
- Bhagwati temple
- Palanchok Bhagwati Temple
- Newari village / Home
- Short Walk
- Harisiddhi Temple
- Devinath Hillock
Communication / Connectivity
Airways – Nearest Airport is Tribhuwan International Airport at Kathmandu. It has flights from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kochi, Goa, Hyderabad and many more places. There are international flights also. Dhulikhel is nearly 30 kilometers from Kathmandu and is nearly an hours drive.
Railways – There is no railway system in Nepal but one can reach any of the bordering town of Nepal by availing Indian Railways. Travelling in Nepal is solely dependent on either road or by air. Roads are decent and the drive pleasant
Roadways – From Kathmandu Dhilikhel is 30 kilometers. Dhulikhel has been an important trading center on the route joining Nepal to Tibet. Namobuddha is at a distance of 10 kilometers from Panauti and 15 kilometers from Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel attached with the B.P.Highway and Arniko Highway. The Kodari Highway connects to the Chinese border 85 kilometers to the North.