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Dhulikel is a real living, breathing and working Newari town with a Kathmandu University Campus. It doesn't feel particularly "touristy" and that's because mostly it isn't.
As well as the views, and these are usually at their best in the mornings and late afternoons before the daily clouds obscure the mountains, Dhulikel is rather a nice place to just wander around. There are quite a few schools here and the local children in their immaculate school uniforms are a colourful sight.
You could also quite easily enjoy day walks around the Dhulikel area. The surrounding landscape is very pretty with small, organic farms and tiny villages, where life seems to move at a much slower pace and little seems to have changed either.
The Kali Temple is well worth a visit if you're prepared to slog your way up the seemingly never ending series of switchback steps that lead up to the shrine.
It's not called the Thousand Stairs Temple for nothing. On the way up there's the Shanti Ban, which features a large golden statue of Buddha.
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There are two good reasons why we've included Dhulikel in our places to visit in Nepal.
Firstly, the hill top location of this ancient, traditional Newari town affords splendid panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Indeed our short Villages of the Kathmandu Valley trek does just that.
Dhulikel is easily reached from Kathmandu by means of the Arniko Highway, which links Nepal with Tibet.
By car the journey takes around an hour each way.
So, this makes Dhulikel an easy proposition as a day trip from Kathmandu too.
In the town of Dhulikel itself there are ornate temples to discover.
The Bhagmati Temple, a three -tiered pagoda structure is said to be one of the tallest in the Kathmandu Valley.
Oh, there's one other reason some people specifically come to Dhulikel and that's to stay the relatively new and luxurious Dwarika's Himalayan Resort and Spa, which is by far the best (and most expensive) luxury getaway hotel in Nepal. Escapism, yoga, meditation, wellness treatments and outlandish Himalayan views....at a price.
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