Not so far from the Kathmandu City, lies a small Village called 'Sipadol'. Sipadol is situated towards the south eastern part of Bhaktapur District. Attracted by the village life in Nepal, I went for a day trip to Sipadol. The place is really nice to go to if anyone wants a short trip out of the city. It is a good picnic spot flanked by many attractive landscapes.
The famous Doleshwar Mahadev, which is a temple of Lord Shiva and is located at Jangam math in Sipatol, Bhaktapur, Nepal. The temple of Surya Binayak is also situated in the Surya Binayak area in Sipadol. For online puja (worshiping) in Suryabinayak Temple, you can click this link: http://www.onlinepuja.org/p/temple_suryabinak.php
The village is around 15.4 km far from Kathmandu City and will take about 22 mins to reach there.
- Hiking and Walking
Changu Narayan Temple and village are a Unesco World Heritage Sites and they are localted on top of a little hill five kms north of Bhaktapur. The temple, built in the 4th century, is the oldest one in Kathmandu valley and can be reached by walking through the quaint village.
The main temple si dedicated to Lond Vishnu and his 10 reincarnations, as well as many other tantric Goddesses. It is decorated with very fine wood carvings. Several other forms of carvings (not only in wood) from the Licchavi period can be found all over the courtyard, where you can also admire shrines dedicated to Shiva, Kali, Ganesh and Krishna.
We had booked two nights in Nagarkhot because it is known as the balcony over the Himalayas, in the sense that it's the nearest hilltop resort to Kathmandu to have great views over the mountains. Moreover we had seen a fancy hotel (Club Himalaya) with a spa and a gorgeous indoor swimming-pool.
The day we left for nagarkhot we were in high spirits, thinking we'd enjoy to nights of fresh mountain air... how disappointing! The hotel lit fires nearby to burn their garbage (plastic bags included), so that all rooms in one of the hotel wings filled up with smoke and made it hard to breathe. We called the manager and was not very sympathetic... it took us a while to have him change our room, but he never uttered a word of apology.
What else? The swimming-pool was icy and it not possible to use. Moral of the story: as soon as we woke up the morning after, we decided to return to smelly Kathmandu with joy.
Walking in the Lanes
The city is full of alleys and narrow winding lanes as a network. Built by red bricks as ground and buildings and being full of venders, they are colorful to watch. Each small lane can lead you to some surprises, a temple, a school, a small square, a market... you never know.
Looking up to admire the wood carvings on the temples, I found it's full of erotic theme, on four sides of the temple, all different.
You can find it in Durbar Square, as well as on street temples.