Enjoying sunrise views over Himalayan peaks, after breakfast our guide leads you for a pleasant and scenic walk within cultural villages and towns on route day hike, starting by 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. depart from the hotel, as hike begins on downhill route taking hidden path away from motor roads walking past many farm villages and agriculture fields and terraces.
As walk leads past a Shiva temple areas near Telkot, and then with short climb into forested areas of tall rhododendron-oaks-magnolia and blue pine trees, after a short uphill on gradual walk into woodland to reach at ancient Changunarayan Temple and its medieval period small farm town.
On reaching at temple premises visit this impressive old holy sites which is countrys oldest temple dates back to Lichava period early as 325 A.D. Located on a high hilltop also called Changu or Dolagiri. Surrounded with forest of champak tree includes small Changu village located north of Bhaktapur.
Changunarayan Temple dedicated to Hindu god Lord Vishnu, regarded as oldest one in Nepal. The pagoda style temple has several masterpieces of 5th to 12th century of excellent Nepalese art.
During King Licchavi King Hari Datta Verma regime it is one of Nepal's richest structures historically as well as artistically. In the grounds there is a stone pillar inscription of great importance recording the military exploits of King Man Deva who reigned from 496 A.D. to 524 A.D. The first epigraphic evidence of Nepalese history found in the temple premises during the reign of the Licchavi King Mandeva dating back to 464 A.D.
After an interesting time around Changunarayan head back to Kathmandu after a wonderful an interesting scenic and cultural Nagarkot day hike.