The newly opened Chandragiri Hill Day Tour allows you to be one of the first to appreciate the Himalayan range from this unique vantage point. It's perfect for those who have limited time, but an unlimited thirst for adventure.
A 30-minute drive west from Kathmandu brings you to Chandragiri cable car station, where your adventure begins. A hiking trail adjacent to the station serves as your starting point for making your way through a lush jungle abundant with exotic plant, animal, and bird life. Despite the steep ascent, you'll make the top in approximately three hours. This 2520m peak offers beautiful views of the Kathmandu Valley and striking Himalayan peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga, and more.
Set atop Chandragiri Hill is the famous Hindu temple of Bhaleshwor Mahadev. Legend has it that Shiva's first consort, Sati Devi, sacrificed her own life at Daksha Prajapati’s yagna after Daksha insulted Shiva in front of other deities. Shiva, enraged by Sati Devi's death, carried her dead body on his back and walked across the world in rage. Blinded by his fury, Shiva failed to realize that Sati Devi's body was decomposing and dropping parts at various places. Pilgrimages were later established at these sites. Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple is believed to have been built on the site where Sati Devi's forehead (Bhala) fell. Hindu pilgrims still come to pay their respects.
Chandragiri Hill's other claim to fame is that it's reportedly the site where King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the ruler who united Nepal, caught the first glimpse of the lovely and prosperous Kathmandu Valley. One glimpse of the beautiful vista convinced the king to annex the valley into his kingdom.
For all these reasons, you'll find the Chandragiri Hill Day Tour to be a meaningful and attractive point on your Nepalese itinerary.