Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height

Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height

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here are many places worth visiting around Kathmandu, especially hiking for one day.  Continuing the same thing, I am going to write in this edition about another natural,  scenic and beautiful place for a day hike or excursion which is none other than Shivapuri Height via Bagdwar. The sacred Bagmati river is credited for human civilization and its development in Kathmandu which origins is Bagdwar lies on the way to Shivapuri Height inside Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.  Today’s Kathmandu is no longer the Kathmandu of the past, it has turned into a concrete jungle.  It is difficult to find open spaces and breadth fresh air due to unscientific rapid urbanization. I personally feel suffocation while living inside Kathmandu due to diverse means of pollution and congestion. Being a nature lover, I find my on way to refresh myself by exploring natural beauties  within valley periodically .  Similarly,  if you are a nature lover and want to live life in a different way, there are many places around Kathmandu where you can rejuvenate yourself by visiting these places.  The experience of getting out of the whirlpool of urban life, pollution and immerse in to the nature is more than saadhana.  A day hike to Shivapuri Height is one of the best suitable option among many. This place lies northern side of Kathmandu inside the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park (SNNP) within  an altitude ranging from 1220-2732.  This is the second highest mountain within valley carrying natural and religious values. Further, SNNP is major source of drinking water and absorbent of emitted air pollution of Kathmandu valley respectively.

This is the perfect destination for a day hike which has a bit easy trial.  Anyone can hike to this place with normal preparation.  Generally, it is better to travel through the gate of Shivpuri National Park at Budhanilakantha. You can reach via vehicle till to entrance gate, remember that the public transport is only available up to the Budhanilakantha temple.  There is also a dirt road ahead from the entrance gate to Nagi Gumba, but it is your decision whether to take your own vehicle or not. You have to pay  entrance fee for entering the park, which varies from student, Nepali citizen to tourist. Further, If you are taking your vehicle to Nagi Gumba, there is an additional charge.  This place can be hiked throughout the year, although it is better to go after the rainy season. Commencing hike from the entrance gate of park  is appropriate.  The dirt road ahead of entrance gate connect till Nagi Gumbaa.  As soon as you cross the entrance and move on, you find yourself free from the concrete jungle of noisy Kathmandu.  Due to its abundant biological diversity, SNNP is home to many animals, plants, birds and herbs.

After crossing the entrance gate and walking for about an hour, you will reach Nagi Gumba.  The monastery is built in the Tibetan style and is home to hundreds of patrons and followers of Buddhism.  This place is suitable for a short rest, from where you can have a panoramic view of the entire Kathmandu Valley.  There is a shop on the premises of this monastery where you can buy ordinary goods.  Remember that there are no more shops than here, so it is better to go shopping for essential items such as food and drinking water. It will take about 3 to 4 hours to reach Shivpuri Heights from here.  Now, the onward trail is purely natural where you have to walk inside the dense and green forest.  After crossing the Nagi Gumba, you have to walk uphill for some time where stairs have been constructed for ease of walking. It is natural to feel tired if you do not have much hiking experience, but don’t be discouraged,  consistence walk  is necessary to  reach your destination.  As you climb up, there is a chaupari that is waiting for you to get rid of your fatigue.  I think in this chaupari you will get rid of your tiredness and maybe even take some pictures.  From this place, the footpath to Bagdwar is a little easier where you don’t have to walk uphill.  On this journey, I believe you don’t get too much tired and walk through the dense forest keeping your stamina constant.  If you are traveling alone or in a small group, you may feel anxious in some places due to the denseness of jungle and freshly dug mud  scratches seen by the wild animals either sides of trail. But, don’t  afraid these are normal in this trail and usually done by wild boar.

The entire trail is peace where you frequently see and listen birds and their chirping. The hike gets more interesting by the frequent  hearing melodies of wind whistles and whispering through the forest, rustling of dry leaves,  gurgling sound of streams and earthly smell. The open sky is often not visible while traveling through the dense forest until you reach Deurali but your curiosity ends when you reach Deurali.  There is a grassland in Deurali and is suitable for relaxation and sightseeing.  Normally, travelers take rest and eat food whatever they carried in their bag pack as a lunch or snack. Remember that you should not leave any kind of garbage in this place while eating. If you can’t pick up some existing garbage at least you should take the garbage produced by yourself  and dispose it in a suitable place.  It is our responsibility and duty to protect and preserve the natural environment.  I put this into practice wherever I travel, as I did a little too  on this footpath too which you can be seen in this link.  My argument is that we as a traveler should be responsible to keep  destination’s environment clean by not emitting garages.

From it  takes about half an hour to reach Bagdwar, the nature of trail is same as before.  It is normal to have curiosity and excitement in mind as you get closer to the destination. After crossing Tinchuli and  continuing descend hike Bagdwar appears suddenly on the foot  of shivapuri hill. This place is the inception of holy river Bagmati. From here to before merging into river holy Ganga in India it flows through hill, valley and lowland.  This river contribute for the livelihood  by providing drinking water, irrigation and supports industries too. As this river taken as  the symbol of human civilization different part of it’s banks are converted into pilgrimage sites including Pashupatinath temple. Both Hindu and Buddhist take this river as holy river where people from both religion’s spiritual and religious values are associated as a result many places along with this river are converted into festive celebration,  mediation, salvation and cremation points.

According to the mythology, the name of this river is believed to have been named as Bagmati due its origins from tiger face. You can see main fountain of its inception come through tiger head along with other fountain. Followed by fountains a beautiful pond has been constructed in its front yard. The statue of Lord Shiva along with Trisul have been placed middle of this pond. There is also a small cave on the right side of this pond. Saints and Mahatmas can be seen doing mediation around this place.  The view of fountain, pond along with whispering Buddhist flags in this periphery  looks truly supernatural, spiritual and satisfying. Hikers often straightly drink water from these fountains to quench their thirst. Finding yourself in front of the inception of holy Bagmati river you will be overwhelmed  by your emotions and thus gained experiences cannot described in words either it’s natural or spiritual.

From here now, It takes about one to one and half  hour to reach Shivpuri Height. Onwards trail is steep till the hilltop. There is no source of drinking water above this point so, it is better to take necessary water with you. Hiking turns different and difficult  from this point to till hill top. You may find changes in vegetation specially  veteran trees having wide and hollowing trunk  which were used for mediation and salvation  by baba, sadhu and mahatmas can be figure out on basis of existing evidence. Steep uphill trail, fatigue, short breadth and cold blowing wind will make you uncomfortable. Keep walking on your pace and never give burden or pain to your body , take necessary rest wherever  you want at last you will be amazed by those staircases built along with the edge of hill right below the final destination. Depends upon visibility It’s look like a way to the haven  and I am sure you definitely click some pictures for memory. After crossing those staircases you will finally reach to your final destination Shivapuri Height in an elevation of 2732m. According to Hinduism, Lord Shiva used reside once upon a time in this place, hence its named as Shivpuri.  Here you can still see ascetics taking asceticism to Lord Shiva, so it is also a Tapovan.  The idol of Shivpuri Baba has also been unveiled here which is white in color.

Depends upon weather and visibility, you can see the Ganesh and  Langtang mountain ranges from here.  Being nearer to Kathmandu, this place is visited by numbers of domestic and foreign travelers every year.  It is also one of the major and popular destination to play snow during winter among the residents of Kathmandu.  Therefore, it is an easy, natural and spiritual destination near Kathmandu that can be visited in a single day.

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Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height
Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height
Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height
Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height
Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height
Popular One Day Hiking Destination in Kathmandu -Shivapuri Height
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Hemant Gautam
Hemant Gautam
I am a traveler who loves to explore, experience and learn through travelling. I will share my travel reminiscence, culture & festivals, lifestyle and stories relating to recently visited destination in this platform.