Travel to Panauti in Nepal
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.