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Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling
Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling
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Manila Raut


Monika Agrawal As I had never hiked before, I had some apprehensions about this hike. Nevertheless, on the day of the hike, I was pretty excited. We started our day leaving from Deerwalk office premises at around 7:30 in the morning and headed towards Telkot, the starting point of our hike. We briefly stopped at Koteshwor and Bhaktapur to pick up some fellow hikers. Afterwards, we had a wholesome breakfast at a restaurant named Hawa Ghar. Hawa Ghar was beautifully decorated with bottles, drums and tires. The photographers, Sajjan and Sunil, were busy taking pictures of the place. We, then, headed towards Telkot. It was about nine that we started our hike from Telkot. Our hike started off relatively easy as we treaded along on our way to Changunarayan. We were clicking a lot of pictures and enjoying the breathtaking views all along. About half way through, we took a little rest. The difficult part of the hike started at around noon. The sun directly above our heads was, in fact, adding to our woes. Although we all were exhausted, our excitement to reach Changunarayan temple – the oldest temple in Kathmandu valley – had not abated at all. After about forty five minutes of intense hike, we reached the temple. Changunarayan temple is adorned with some of the best specimen of stone, wood, and metal craft in the valley. The temple stands as the epitome of culture, religion, history and faith of the Kathmandu valley. The atmosphere around the temple was peaceful. We were admiring and taking in the beauty of the temple artwork – some of us through the camera lenses. After the visit to the temple, we had lunch at Changunarayan. Reenergized, we headed towards Bhaktapur - our final destination. We reached Bhaktapur in about forty five minutes, where we enjoyed juju dhau (famous local yogurt), pani puri and kulfis (Indian delicacies). Bhaktapur Durbar Square is indeed a charming place, as there are statues of ancient kings perched on top of stone monoliths, wooden carvings all over the place, gateways and windows - all seeming to form a well orchestrated symphony. The view from the top of the stairs of the pagodas was simply amazing. People were enjoying the beauty of crafts and skills from the early centuries. Our fun filled hike came to an end as we headed towards Kathmandu in the office van at 4:00 PM. This hike made me want to explore and hike to new places in the future. It was certainly a memorable and enthralling experience! 

Manila Raut Telkot - ChanguNarayan - Bhaktapur hike was full of fun for me. I got a chance to see one of the oldest temples in Nepal. It was too hot. But the company was awesome, so I was not bored at all. The best part of hike for me was eating “panipuri” in Bhaktapur. It was simply refreshing. Overall the hike was incredible. 

Resha Sedhai It was a very bright and sunny day. So walking in the hot weather had totally depleted our energy when we reached ChanguNarayan. Nonetheless I was pretty excited to see one of the oldest temples in Nepal as I had never been there before. ChanguNarayan temple is an exquisite place to visit - especially with the repoussé doors and front facade being the main attractions. We saw artists giving shape to beautiful Thanka paintings and making wooden masks on our way to Changunarayan. I also enjoyed walking around Bhaktapur area. As the blaze of the sun was making us drowsy, we ended our hike with a very delicious yogurt (famously known as jujudhau) in Bhaktapur. Although it was a relatively easy hike, it was certainly a tiring one.


Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

1. Having light breakfast before hike

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

2. Creativity has no boundaries

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

3. Muddy way

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

4. Up and up

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

5. Education is for everyone

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

6. Staying in shade

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

7. Every sweat counts

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

8. DW Hikers

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

9. Tired so fast

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

10. Sajjan giving views

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

11. Everybody has own pose

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

12. Marching towards the destination

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

13. Walking

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

14. DW girls giving a pose

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

15. One part of human life cycle

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

16. Sunny Day

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

17. Source of income for the local people

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

18. Barley cultivation

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

19. Resting for a while after a long walk in the sun

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

20. A typical village type house

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

21. Brick making area

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

22. Harvesting barley

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

23. Local people having a festival

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

24. Finally reached the destination

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

25. Hindu God Ganesh

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

26. Hand made wood carved structure

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

27. Hand made product by local people

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

28. Our pride

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

29. Main gate of the temple

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

30. All we need is a faith

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

31. Say cheese

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

32. Old but has a great value

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

33. Stone that symbolizes an elephant

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

34. Defines beautiful

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

35. People offering animal's blood to God as a traditioinal belief

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

36. Shukra's studio

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

37. Namaste a Nepali way of greeting other

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

38. Finally lunch

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

39. Bhaktapur speciality

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

40. Beautiful landscape seen from the Changunarayan temple

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

41. Childhood is always playfulNyatapole temple

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

42. Snapshot to commemorate Changunarayan temple

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

43. 55 Windows palace

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

44. Nyatapole temple

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

45. Changunarayan Temple

Hiking from Telkot to Changu Narayan via Chhaling

46. Group photo to conclude our hike