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A Refreshing Hike to Bishnudwar, Shivapuri National Park

Bishnudwar is the origin of the Bishnumati River, one of Kathmandu’s most important rivers. Bishnumati is also religiously significant. Both Hindus and Buddhists regard this river as sacred. Bishnudwar, located on the Shivapuri National Park trail, is one of the most convenient and quick refreshment destinations in the bustling and busy city of Kathmandu. The pleasant trail and eye-catching greenery add to this hiking route.  The hike is around 2 to 3 hrs. Anyone with a basic level of hiking experience can explore this area.

Budanilkantha is the starting point for the hike to Bishnudwar. Hotel Shambala’s van will take you to Budhanilkantha, or to the entrance gate of Shivapuri National park where your actual hiking begins. To enter the National Park, you must get a ticket. You will be charged Npr. 100 per person for Nepali, Npr. 600 for SAARC countries, and Npr. 1000 for foreigners. After you enter the national park you will see a signboard that shows the direction of Bishnudwar. There are many astonishing waterfalls on the journey. You can click pictures or even swim in the waterfalls. This route is a bit uphill but looking at nature you’ll forget all your tiredness. You’ll hear the music of the waterfall along the trail. Also, if you’re lucky you’ll get to see deer, different species of birds and animals, and plants as well.

After nearly two hours of hiking, the forests open up and uncover a dazzling view of Kathmandu Valley. After roughly an hour’s hike, you’ll see signboards showing the routes to Bagdwar, Bishnudwar, and Shivapuri peak. As we come closer to Bishnudwar, we can hear waterfall music which is so relaxing and calming. There is a cave near the end of the water body with many stones piled up and a sort of holy shrine visible out there.

What should you bring?

Since there are no shops or restaurants, you should fill up your water bottles and buy your necessities. You should also consider carrying a small medical kit in case of emergencies.

When is the perfect time to go on this hike?

Hiking here during the rainy season is most likely a bad idea. The trails are filled with flowers and birds during the spring season, which extends from March to early April, and the autumn season, which extends from September to December, is considered the best time to hike up to Bishnudwar.

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