Explore the picturesque town of Panauti
Panauti is a quaint and interesting destination in Nepal. It feels as if it has been left exactly the way the founders had built the town. A nostalgic atmosphere covers the narrow town streets and ancient structures. It is known as a Newari town that is located near the Roshi Khola and Pungamati rivers. Panauti can easily be reached from Kathmandu, which is 32 kilometers from Panauti, Dhulikhel and Banepa. This fascinating destination in Nepal was also a dowry. King Bhupitendra Malla gave his sister the town of Panauti as a dowry.
As with many villages and towns of Newari, Panauti is also steeped in culture and tradition. Visitors will often find colorful stones, petals and other items that are laid out on the pavement. They are representations of Lakshmi’s footprint, known as the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Locals leave these offerings in the mornings to invite and bring Lakshmi into their homes and lives.
The most noteworthy attraction in Panauti, is the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple complex, which dates back to the 15th century. The Mahadev temple is surrounded by smaller temples and a number of shrines, but the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple steals the show. It is an impressive three-storey structure, which is constructed as a pagoda. The struts that are located on the inside of the temple date back to the 14th century and the carvings in the struts are breathtaking. The intricate and detailed carvings of warriors and other figures are almost life-like. The doors are just as spectacular as the struts, unmatched in craftsmanship and beauty.
The temple that is located opposite to the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple also has spectacular woodcarvings to be viewed, with many of the other temples exhibiting historical relics, murals and stone reliefs. At the Brahmayani Temple visitors will find the well-preserved and greatest collection of religious art masterpieces, painted in the traditional Newari style.
Outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy mountain biking or hiking should enjoy the routes between Namo Budda, Lubhu, Dhulikhel, Banepa and Panauti. The surrounding area is breathtaking and peaceful. Visitors to this destination in Nepal will be surprised at the great amount of attractions and the beautiful landscapes that can be seen all around the town.