A 30 kilometre drive to the southeast of Kathmandu takes you to the resort town of Dhulikhel. This town has been a commercial trade route between Nepal and Tibet for centuries. Nepalis have used this route for centuries to bring salt and gold. Though the majority of the people here are Newars, other ethnic communities likes Tamangs, Chhetris, Brahmin and Dalits also make up the populace. During the main Hindu festival of Dashain, Tibetan traders make their journey into Nepal with their flocks of sheep; they in turn purchase various spices and condiments and return to their homeland. Since the construction of the road connecting Tibet with Nepal, Dhulikhel has seen a remarkable transformation into a major and popular tourist destination. One would need to ideally spend the night there in one of the many resorts that have cropped up; especially to witness the sunrise over the mountains.
Situated at an altitude of 1550 metres, it is the perfect vantage point to view the snow clad peaks in the dissipating early morning haze and gradually opening up to the lush green farmlands below. The plains gradually rise to the forested hills and then further to the majestic peaks of the Himalayas. One can view Mt. Annapurna in the far west to Mt. Karolung towards the east. One can observe more than twenty peaks from Dhulikhel; Mt. Annapurna ( 8091 m ), Mt. Ganesh Himal ( 7429 m ), Mt. Langtang ( 7234 m ), Mt. Phuribichyachu ( 6637 m ), Mt. Gaurishanker ( 7134 m ), Mt. Lhotse ( 8516 m ) being the major ones.
Dhulikhel – The Old Town
The southern part is the oldest area of the town is a cluster of Newari households which are inhabited by local extended families. The houses with their ornately carved woodwork frames and doors reflect local craftsmanship at its finest and is a culture and heritage asset.
The narrow streets and alleyways define the ancient and medieval way of life that has stood the test of time for over five centuries. The city or town has been planned as per Hindu doctrines that are based on harmony and religious auspices. An example of such a settlement is Shreekhandpur which is situated 2 km west of the main city near Kathmandu University, and for centuries has been inhabited by Newars and Magars. The Gorakhnath Temple is also situated here and the locals are safeguarded by Swet Bhairav an incarnation of Lord Shiva and Narayan ( Vishnu ) deities.
Temples in Dhulikhel
Both Hinduism and Budhhism have flourished here for hundreds of years and this evident from the numerous shrines and temples that are masterpieces of Newari craftsmanship. The central area of Dhulikhel has cobbled streets and in the centre of town is the Narayan Temple with yellow metalled roofs. This temple is a dedication to Lord Krishna. Next to it is the Harsiddhi Temple. These temples display intricate wood carvings and are guarded by Garudas. The Bhagwati Temple is situated at the western part of the town.