• DURATION6 Hours
  • GROUP SIZE01-30


  • Explore the typical rural life in the Newari people
  • Escape away from the bustling Kathmandu city
  • Visit the Rato Macchindranath temple
  • Encounters with characteristic local people, cultural villages, Hindu and Buddhist temples
  • Visit Karya Binayak temple
  • Witness local villagers engaged in traditional craftsmanship

Trip Overview

A Day Tour of Bungmati and Khokana village is the perfect one-day tour in Kathmandu Valley. The Bungmati and Khokana are the ancient village of the Kathmandu valley, where you can see the local culture and lifestyle of the locals.

Bungmati and Khokana are the newly explored places to visit in Kathmandu. The Bungmati - Khokana village tour has become more & more popular everyday cause of its uniqueness. So, We at Escape Nepal Holidays have designed a full-day tour to visit these villages. Bungmati and Khokana are the newly explored places to visit in Kathmandu valley.

The Bungmati - Khokana village tour has become more & more popular everyday. So, We at Escape Nepal Holidays have designed a full-day tour to visit these villages. The Bungmati and Khokana are the ancient village of the Kathmandu valley, where one can see the local culture and lifestyle of the locals.

Places to Visit on Bugmati – Khokana Day Tour

Bungmati Village: First Places to Visit on Bugmati – Khokana Day Tour

Bungmati is the first place you visit on our Bungmati - Khokana Village Tour. Bungamati is a Newar village located in the Lalitpur Metropolitan city in Lalitpur district Nepal. It is one of the prepossessing villages of Kathmandu valley with an abundance of natural beauty as well as a strong religious value.

Bungmati Village has a large number of temples, which holds history from 100 years and before. It is a place, which still holds its original essence and has not changed much over time. People still follow their old customs and traditions religiously, and many of the locals here still make their living by wood crafting.

History of Bungamati Village

  • The history of this place dates back to the Licchavi dynasty when King Amshuverma found Bungamati in 605. The first record of this place was found from the stele in that same period, which consisted of the earliest mention of the Kailashkut Bhawan palace. Along with that the stale also shows that Bungamati village was famous for agriculture, fishing, animal rearing, etc.
  • This village was known as “Bugayumi” in the Licchavi dynasty, which was further changed and was called “Bungapattan” during the Malla regime. This place is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath, who is regarded as the protector of the valley. This deity doesn't stay at one place, the large Shikhara-style temple located in the center of the village in which the deity says for six months and the rest of the time he spends in Patan. And, the entire procedure of moving the god from one place to another is considered one of the most sacred and important festivals within the valley. You get to know more about history of Bungmati village whole you are on our guided Bungmati - Khokana Tour.

Attractions around Bungamati Village

The Machhendranath temple: One of the major attractions of this place is the Machhendranath temple, which is located in the heart of the village. The village knows the lord by the name of “Bungadeya”. This name is derived from the after the village was found at the spot where Bhairav howled “bu” or “bungaa” which means watering-place or spring. Machhendranath is also known by the name “Karunamaya” which means a body of love and kindness like a mother figure. Along with that, the lord is also called “Rakta Padmapani” “Lokeshvara” and “Arya Avalokiteshvara.”

Karyabinayak Temple and Others: The crossroads around the valley are also considered to be one of the most beautiful places within the valley as from here one can see the main functioning of the Newari town. Along with that, there is the Karya Binayak temple, which is considered to be one of the most important temples of Nepal. The view from this temple is spellbinding and peaceful. The temple stands tall in the middle of the trees and bamboo. The people of this place are led to a very simple and cultural life. Their way of living hasn't shown many signs of modernization. The people of this place have been following the trails of their forefathers, keeping the culture, art form, language, and writings as it was earlier. The Newars of this region are very rich when I come to cultural values and following traditions.

This place holds a very raw and pure image of the place and the people living in them. Most of the people living crafts wood or trade in the same way as their ancestors did.

Khokana Village: Second village to visit on Bugmati – Khokana Day Tour

Khokana is a lovely Newar town in Kathmandu, located in the south of Kathmandu valley. It is 25 minutes a long way from Bungamati town towards the west course. This Newar town is prevalent for the cultivation of mustard seed and products like mustard oil. We can see a lot of rice porches here. The way of life of Newar individuals is here. The Rudrayani sanctuary has a lovely design with its pagoda style.

The only inverse of this sanctuary is that there is a goat-murdering lake, and consistently they praise a festival, which is mainstream in here. Khokana will be swarmed of individuals when the celebration offers to toss the goat in the lake, and drag by numerous individuals and they murder it. This is the representative battle of the intensity of this resident. These days they have changed the killing arrangement of the goat and killed the goat with a sink just in the lake. Another Sikali celebration has been praised since 1206 AD.

In this festival, the resident celebrates with the love of goddess Indrayani. Khokana is the social traveler town where guests can watch the religious practices, development of structures, ways of life of Newar individuals, open toilets, agribusiness, man-made lakes, dress, history, wells, and rest houses. Neighborhood wine, Newari nourishment, and red cold are famous here. We can see ducks just here and can't see chickens in this town. The perspective on encompassing slopes is so wonderful.

History of Khokana Village

  • The primary Rudrayani sanctuary is said to be built up by King Amara Malla in the fifteenth century, and in this manner, the town of Khokana appeared. It is said that the Maharjans and Dangols of Pachali Bhairav have relocated to introduce the area of Khokana as demonstrated by numerous likenesses in the way of life and conventions of individuals of the two areas. It is said that King Amar Malla set up the sanctuary of Rudrayani to fix scourges that used to spread on medieval occasions. He likewise named the settlement Sitapur.
  • Khokana was a specific town for oil squeezing. The town is first to be lit from the Pharping Hydropower amid the time of Prime priest Chandra Shamsher. Rudrayani Madhyamik Vidyalaya is the most established school in Nepal after Durbar High School. Before the development of motorable streets through Pharping, individuals used to stroll through this town to go to Dakshinkali sanctuary.
  • Sikali Jatra is commended by an area of the ethnic Newar people group living in Khokana, a medieval Newari legacy town in the southern piece of Kathmandu valley. The townspeople, however rehearsing Hindus, don't observe Dashain. Instead of Dashain, they follow the vivid Sikali Jatra. The five-day-long celebration is devoted to goddess Shikali otherwise called 'Ajima' or mother goddess.
  • Veiled moves following tantric customs are performed by artists garbed in beautiful clothing types amid the celebration. The artists speak to 14 divine beings and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. A wooden chariot with the icon of Goddess Rudrayani is brought through the town boulevards, at last resting before the Shikali Temple situated on a lush slope simply outside the town. The parade, driven by Newar ministers wearing their white ceremonial ensembles, sees the investment of lovers from Khokana and different parts of Kathmandu valley. The sanctuary is encompassed by wonderful vistas of Chandragiri and Champa Devi slopes; Kirtipur and Chobar.
  • Despite the fact, that now Khokana appears simply one more lethargic cultivating town, it was once viewed as a cutting edge neighborhood. It claims the refinement of being the primary spot in Nepal to get power in 1911 AD, amid the rule of Chandra Shamsher Rana.
  • The town is known for the generation of mustard oil and its conventional oil pressers. Khokana used to supply mustard oil to Kathmandu valley. Its notoriety melted away after the market was overflowed with oil created by organizations at less expensive rates. The conventional oil processes that were before the substance of this town shut down one by one and now just a bunch are inactivity.
  • Fixed with customary houses, the all-around cleared avenues of Khokana lead to the expansive three-layered pagoda sanctuary of Shree Rudrayani at the focal point of the town. The sanctuary is committed to the female indication of Lord Shiva. Close to the sanctuary is the customary lake known as 'De Pukhu', the scene of another celebration remarkable to this town. Known as 'Goat Festival' it is commended amid the 'Gai Jatra' festivities and includes young people pursuing a goat in the lake.

Some Interesting Facts of Khokana Village

  • There is an intriguing story among the general population about how 'Khokana' got its name. The word' Khokana' is gotten from the Newari word 'Khona' which signifies 'Telling while at the same time Weeping'. As indicated by the legend, A Maharjan cleric of Pachali Bhairav of Kathmandu fainted because of a high cool fever. He was then counted on of Bagmati River for incineration suspecting that he was dead. He alongside his better half was set in the fire as 'Sati'.
  • At the point when the fire was lit, substantial tempest with downpour happened and the general population who were managing all the procedures fled from the fire to have a cover. As the fire consumed, the man wound up cognizant and was spared. The general population did not enable him and his better half to enter to their particular spots dreading the terrible sign. The couple at that point kept running from that point sobbing the whole distance lastly settled in Kudesh, north-west of present Khokana.
  • It is said that the goddess Shikali Devi favored them and another settlement was built up. Sooner or later, the general population from the contrary bank of the stream began badgering them, and for security reasons, they moved towards high ground east of Kudesh. This settlement began with a sobbing (Khona in Newari) lady is said to be a source of the name of the Khokana. The spot Kudesh is only a ruin now with no occupants and might be the essential spot from the archeological perspective.
  • Inside is a three-story sanctuary, Sri Rudrayani, with an especially wide principal road, particularly for a town of such little size.


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Pick Up and Drive to Bungmati Village (9:00 to 10:30 AM): You have breakfast at your hotel yourself and be ready at your hotel lobby around 9:00 am (we give you the exact time once you book the tour).

Our guide or driver will come to collect you (Alternatively, You may have to come to our office location – We give you exact information on closer dates) of your Bugmati Khokana Village Day Tour.

Note: The free collection is available from the hotels within Ring Road of Kathmandu. If your hotel location is outside of Ring Road, you have to come to our office location or we can provide pick up at an additional cost.

  • Bungmati Khokana Village Day Tour Itinerary Schedule
  • Visit Bungmati Village and Around: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Drive to Khokana Village: 12:30 to 1:00 PM
  • Lunch Time: 1:00 to 1:30 PM
  • Visit Khokana Village and Around: 1:30 to 2:30 PM

The Khokana village is the last place to visit on today’s Bungmati & Khokana Day Tour. The guide then will drop you back at the pick-up locations/hotels.

  • Bungmati & Khokana Villages

What's Included

  • Transportation by private tourist vehicle
  • Professional tourist guide
  • A bottle of mineral water

What's Excluded

  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Anything not mentioned in included section