GOSAINKUNDA: One of the most famous religious places of pilgrimage of Nepal is Gosainkunda. This is a noted religious lake situated at an altitude of about 4360 m to the north-west of Helambu beyond a pass at 4602 meters. The best approach to Gosainkunda is through Dhunche, 132 kilometers north east of Kathmandu. Dhunche is linked with Kathmandu by a motorable road. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and the south, by higher landscape on the east and west this Kunda (Lake) is grand picturesque. On the east and west of the Kunda, there are other 9 famous lakes such as Saraswati Kunda, Bhairav Kunda, Sourya Kunda, Ganesh Kunda, etc.
KAKANI: This place, 1982 m above the sea-level and located 29 kilometers northwest of the Kathmandu city, is famous for the magnificient view of the Valley. It overlooks the northwestern Himalayan ranges against the vastness of the blue sky. The fabulous holiday area of Kakani features attractions ranging from beautiful alpine scenery to the magnificient Himalayan panoroma particularly of the Ganesh Himal Massif. Other peaks that can be closely seen from Kakani are Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Choba Bhamre (6,016 m),
Manaslu (8,463 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Anaapurna (8,091 m) and several other peaks. One should not also miss to watch the majestic view of sunset that Kakani offers.
A trip to Kakani along the beautiful mountain highway, Trishuli Road, is scenically rewarding with green forest and mountain grandeaur in one direction and fertile river flats and terraced cultivation on the other. The road to Kakani begins at Thamel and termonates at Kaule from where the road Kakani bifurcates. The vehicles can go right upto the top of Kakani. It takes about one and half our to reach Kakani by car from Kathmandu. There are frequent buses and other vehicle services from Thamel to Kaule.
DHULIKHEL: The ancient town, is situated 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga (Kathmandu-Kodari Highway). It is a lovely place famous for its scenic beauty and old tradition. From here one can have a panaromic view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. There is a medieval township, Banepa between Kathmandu and Dhulikhel. There are frequent bus services to Dhulikhel from Bag Bazaar.
NAMO BUDDHA: It is situated on a hill above Panauti. It requires an easy drive or good walk to get here. There is an amazing story concerned with the Buddha which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a Stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is a good place for meditation.
PANAUTI: It is a thriving village off the road to Dhulikhel, with some very lovely temples and interesting old houses, particularly beautiful are some fourteenth century wooden temple struts. The drive is through beautiful countryside.
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