Bungamati, a classical medieval village which lies across the Bagamati River from Chobar, dominated by huge Shikhara, Rato Machhindranath temple of its major attraction, exploring the pedestrian-only street is great way to pass few hours and tourist have yet to arrive en masse, so we have to walk gently though the town. Many locals work as woodcarvers and there are numerous craft workshops and showrooms around village. It is believed that Bungmati is birth place of Rato Macchindranth, the patron of Patan who live in Rato Machhindranath temple for six months of a year and rest of time the deity resides in Rato Machhindranath temple in Patan. Other sights to visit around village are Bungamati Culture Museum, Dey Pukha (central pond) and Karya Binak Temple on the way to Khokana Viillage. The temple is dedicated to Hindu god Ganesha.
And yet there is another charming Newari town is Khokana, worth to visit. The village was badly damaged by 1934 earthquake. Triple-tiered temple in the heart of town is Shree Rudrayani Devi or Shekala Mai Temple. The locals here are mainly farmers and you will notice people weaving hay mats, stuffing cases with cotton, farmers baling straw, tailors stitching and women spinning wools and winnowing rice during your day trip to Bungmati and Khokana.
After our Manaslu trekking we had a few days left in Kathmandu. We had seen the highlights of Kathmandu but there is also much interesting to see in the surroundings and we did that by Pharping & Bungamati day tour. Pharping is a very old Buddhist pilgrimage place with a very nice Temple, I think one of the most important in Nepal. We had seen a lot of temples already and this one really was very beautiful. Most impressive was the spectacular view on top of the hill where the temple was situated. But what we liked most was the visit of Bungamati (Kathmandu village) Walking through this old medieval village is like walking through a museum. But than a real life museum. Woman making handcraft in front of their traditional houses. Many locals make a living as woodcarvers. People are very friendly and invite you to make pictures. I can recommend you a visit. If you have enough time you should also visit Bhaktapur with a next day tour.
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