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Bungamati & Khokana Exploration

Discover Kathmandu's ancient villages

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  • 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

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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

Things to note

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


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