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Small-Group Shivapuri Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
"Begin your tour after meeting your guide in the lobby of your Kathmandu hotel at 7:30am. Move out by private car or local bus and make the 20-minute journey to the Budhanikantha Temple. Before heading out on your trek break for tea and take time to fill up your water bottles. Drive another 5-10 minutes to the entrance of Shivapuri National Park. There you will pay the conservation fees and finally start the hike. Observe the flora and fauna as you leisurely walk through the preserved park. By 11:30am you are projected to reach the top of Shivapuri and attain expansive panoramic views of the mountains to the north. Break for lunch and enjoy your packed meal for approximately an hour. Once you have finished your meal begin your descent back to the base of the park via Tokha Park. Board the awaiting vehicle when you get to the bottom to begin your journey back to the hotel. Arrive at your accommodations at approximately 2:00pm.""""Discover the natural beauty of the Shivapuri National Park on this 8-hour hiking tour. Accompanied by a local guide and small group of no more than 17
From $125.00
 
Kathmandu Valley Single Track Mountain Bike Tour
"The route takes you from your hotel in Kathmandu to Mudkhu then to Tolkha then to Budhanilkantha and back to your hotel. It is 33km total and an easy ride of 3 to 4 hours.If you wish to enjoy the friendly trails of Mudkhu then Tokha is the area recommended for you. Departing from your place you will navigate about 4km of road traffic before an easy 4km climb on the paved road that reaches Mudkhu. You can stop here to have a cup of tea. From here ride to Tinpipple and then head off road on jeep tracks and village trails riding throug steep climbs and smooth down hills to Budhanilkantha. The stone image there is said to be one of three statues sculpted during the Lichhavi period and called Budhanilkantha named after the huge image of Lord Vishnu.From Budhanilkantha ride back to your hotel in Kathmandu on a 45 min ride through peach roads."
From $110.00
 
Walking Tour of Kathmandu to Ason Markets
"Depart on your walking tour to the Ason market a stones throw away from the tourist hub of Thamel in Kathmandu.In 2.5 hours you will get a chance to taste spices and herbs and also shop like a local. You will visit the clothes bazaar the vegetable market the spice shops the herb shops the utensils market
From $25.00

Budhanilkantha Temple Tips (4)

Awesome sleeping Lord Vishnu

Intuitional Flash led us to this shrine in our just 2 day work related trip recently to Kathmandu, Nepal. Awestruck at the initial seeing of the Majestic Sleeping Lord Vishnu statue (in Yoga Nidra) and overjoyed tears flowed thru our eyes immediately. Kept on seeing the statue in all glory and sat by the side of the tank seeing Him and Meditating on Him and time flew by and spent almost an hour or so. Great experience and filled with joy and positive vibrations, returned to the Airport.

May Lord Vishnu takes care of us ALL.

bsalgundi
May 13, 2016

Temple of the sleeping Vishnu

Vishnu, one of the main God's of the Hindus is believed to lay on a serpent bed in the milky oceans. This temple has a magnificently huge statue of the sleeping Vishnu. There are many special trees within the temple premises such as Rudhrakha, bhramhakamalam, pipal Etc. There are shops selling Shaligrama stones, rudhrakshas and other religious items. Beware of fakes.

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vpas
Aug 30, 2013

Budha Neelkantha Temple.

Budhanilakantha, situated about 8 km north of Kathmandu at the base of Shivapuri Hill, is a remarkable colossal statue of Lord Vishnu reclining on the bed of snakes and floating in the water. It is one of the masterpieces of stone sculpture of Lichchhavi period of 5th century. It is also a famous place of pilgrimage for Hindus.

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goutammitra
Oct 01, 2007

Budhanilkantha temple

The Statue of vishnu ,Lying on Ananta sesha(snake),in the cosmic ocean.The Deity is over 1,000 years old. Lord Vishnu is about 5m (17 ft) long and is lying in a 13m (43 ft) long tank, as if floating, with His legs crossed. His four hands hold the four symbols of Vishnu: the chakra (disc), club, and conch-shell and lotus flower. Budhanilkantha literally means “old blue-throat.” Ananta has 11-hooded heads. It is believed that the deity was carved in the 7th or 8th century during the Licchavi period.
Three other images of Lord Vishnu were carved at the same time. One is here at Budhanilkantha and is considered the most important and original, one is at Balaju Gardens, and one is at the old Royal Palace in Kathmandu, but can not be viewed by tourist. The king of Nepal is not allowed to see the deity at Budhanilkantha, but he can see the other two deities. It is believed if the king sees this deity of Vishnu he will die immediately. The deity of Budhanilkantha was lost for a while and was later rediscovered by a farmer. It is believed that the farmers struck the buried deity with his plough and that blood came out from the ground.

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mantru
Sep 11, 2007
 
 
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