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Bungamati & Khokana Exploration

Discover Kathmandu's ancient villages

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  • 4 Hrs Duration
  • English / Chinese
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  • Minimum 2 Travelers To Book
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Highlights
  • Meander amongst the residents of Bungamati as they go about their day-to-day activities
  • See the Rato Machhendranath Temple, a Hindu temple for the patron god of Patan
  • Visit the Newari village of Khokana and get to know the local farming community
  • Learn about its renowned mustard oil and harvesting process
  • See the 3-storey temple dedicated the local mother goddess, Shikali Mai
Most Recent Review

  • matilde*** 4 Apr 2015
    Our guide kutar proved to be extremely knowledgeable about pretty much every relevant topic during our Great and memorable journey. Besides being a great guide, Biji also became a true friend. So if you're looking for a journey in Nepal with a company and guide that is besides flexible, friendly, and honest, also a smart -minded local expert, look no further! By far the best organization I've ever been with.highly recommended Nepal Social Treks.

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What To Expect

Venture into the ancient villages of Kathmandu Valley in this exploration of Bungamati and Khokana. Because of their relative inaccessibility, visiting the towns is akin to going back in time – a time when locals gather in main squares and the call of everyday work intermingles with communal life. Such sights are what you'll see on this journey, with Bungamati's resident woodcarvers and craftsfolk hard at work. The place is home to the shrine of Rato Macchendranath, patron god of Patan, alongside other religious monuments. You can expect a similar ambience in Khokana, where locals live largely off of their agriculture. Learn about their renowned produce, mustard oil, and the unique way it is harvested, then pay a visit to the landmark three-storey temple dedicated to Shikali Mai, the local mother goddess.

Bungamati & Khokana Exploration
Turn back time with this trip to Kathmandu's oldest villages
Bungamati & Khokana Exploration
Spend some time exploring the Rato Machindranath Temple which dates back to the 16th Century
Bungamati & Khokana Exploration
Discover the local customs and traditions of this ancient area
Bungamati & Khokana Exploration
Learn about the community's renowned mustard oil industry
Bungamati & Khokana Exploration
Get a taste of the local day-to-day life
Activity Information
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Inclusive Of

Inclusive Of:

  • Join in tour
  • Comfortable transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel transfers by rickshaw (optional)
Not Inclusive Of

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees to attractions (rates are different per nationality, so don't forget to bring your passport)
  • Gratuities (guides typically expect some tip, however it is strictly optional based on customer’s preference)
Itinerary

Itinerary:

  • 10:30am approx. meet up at Electric Pagoda Cafe
  • Drive to Bhungmati village
  • See the Rato Macchendranath shrine
  • Explore Newari art and glimpse the locals' everyday life
  • Enjoy personal time to roam around the village
  • Head to Khokana village
  • 2:30pm approx. return to original meeting point
Insider Tips

Insider Tips:

  • In Bumangati, see if the wooden carving of Macchendranath is stationed in the village shrine. Tradition has it that every year, during the most important festival in the valley, the carving is transferred from the shrine in Patan and paraded through cities before being taken to Bumangati, where it stays for half a year
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • You can opt for a transfer service by rickshaw between your hotel and the meeting point for an additional surcharge of USD3 each way (per person)
  • This tour is available in both English and Chinese language. Please specify your preferred language at check out
  • Your personal information will be used for verification with your ID, so please ensure that you enter your name as stated

Important reminders:

  • Don't forget to bring your passport in order to pay for admission to attractions (different nationalities command different entrance rates)
  • Bring along a hat, shades, and don't forget your camera!
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the tour date and time specified
  • If you have opted for the rickshaw transfer service, the operator will reconfirm the pick up time in advance. Please be at the hotel lobby 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time

Meet Up Details:

  • Meet up time: 8:30am
  • Meet up location: Electric Pagoda Cafe
  • Address: Saat Ghumti Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal. Please view exact location here
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 24 hours prior to the activity
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Reviews (4) 3.5
  • Johanne* 20 Feb 2017
    DON'T book this tour. I extremely "DO NOT" recommend this tour, The two villages were damaged by the earthquake and very small, so almost "ALL attractions", temples, old houses were collapsed, only loads red bricks there. Literally "NOTHING". The tour time was very short, not indicated as 4 hours at the webpage, but I've only got 1 and half hour. We left hotel around 10am and finish the tour around 11:30 (including 40 minutes transport time). I have to argued and negotiate with tour guide if they're willing to take us other nearby old town area. Of course they asked add money first, which is very exhausted to make deal with them. Lastly, I have to go back to my hotel by myself because I choose going to other place. It's totally not a pleasant experience.
  • matilde*** 4 Apr 2015
    Our guide kutar proved to be extremely knowledgeable about pretty much every relevant topic during our Great and memorable journey. Besides being a great guide, Biji also became a true friend. So if you're looking for a journey in Nepal with a company and guide that is besides flexible, friendly, and honest, also a smart -minded local expert, look no further! By far the best organization I've ever been with.highly recommended Nepal Social Treks.
  • nakita*** 16 Mar 2015
    temple is surrounded by old city and we can also see traditionally made houses. whole area has a historical touch and it is very close to patan durbar square.
  • argentina*** 26 Feb 2015
    In a little village called Bungamati we visited this little temple which sat in the middle of a quiet square. Besides the women thrashing mustard bushes, we were the only other people there and sat having tea with some locals. Such a great little find and enough off the beaten trail to be peaceful.
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