Bungamati and Khokana Villages

Bungamati and Khokana Villages

Bungamati and Khokana Villages situated beyond the southern belt of Ring Road, inside the valley, Bungamati is a small Newari village still abiding its tradition as their significant part of life. Very less influenced by the modern city just a few kilometers far from the village, Bungamati exemplifies true beauty of the still living age old culture and civilization, Your journey to Bungamti, starts with a vantage point where one can behold the entire village of Bungamati and Khokana. Walking down the lanes of Bungamati, you will pass through local Newari people busy working intricate designs in wood or stone on their way to creating many more beautiful artifacts keeping their talents running for the future generations to enjoy. Though, small in size, at least 100 people from the village earn their living through wood carving. The village was earlier, the origin of the precession of the chariot of Machindranath, one of the most important festival of the Newari community. Not far from the village of Bungamati, is another interesting Newari village called Khokana, where an important temple of Durga is situated


Although Bungamati is just 10 kilometers from Kathmandu, the lack of easy access to the city and the rest of Nepal has spared it from much of the development and cultural degradation that has occurred in other places.Visit the Newari villages of Bungamati and Khokana on a day trip from Kathmandu. See traditional houses and experience a culture reminiscent of medieval times. Visit the Rato Machhendranath and Karya Binayak temples, and see master woodcarvers at work.

Between Bungamati and Khokana you’ll find the Karya Binayak Temple, dedicated to Ganesh. The views from this spot are spectacular, and you can look out over the Bungamati valley to the foothills. Khokana is situated just north of Bungamati. It is a tiny Newari village with a reputation for its mustard oil and the local temple. The Newari who live here eke out a simple living off the land.  You’ll find that no matter where you go in this tiny village, a large 3-storied temple will catch your eye. The temple is dedicated to the local mother goddess, Shikali Mai. A similar temple to the north-east of the village is used during times of epidemics.

Highlights:
Admire the traditional houses and centuries-old traditions of Bungamati and Khokana
Visit the Rato Machhendranath Temple, dating back to the 16th century
See the large, 3-storied temple to the goddess Shikali Mai that dominates the village of Khokana

Kulendra Baral

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