Namobuddha, a small hillock in Kavre district, is a popular pilgrimage for Buddhist followers. Lying just 50 kilometers away from Kathmandu, the place is covered by pine forests and prayer flags offered by devotees. It is home to several ancient stupas and monasteries, notably the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. The history and religious significance of this place dates back to the pre-Buddha era. Around six thousand years ago, legends say, there lived a prince named Ngingdui Tshenpo. He, along with his two brothers, during his outing in the Namobuddha forests, came across a dying tigress with her three cubs. The starved tigress was not in a position to feed her cubs. The sight really touched the prince who asked his brothers to return home, saying that he would catch up with them soon enough. The prince then went to the tigress to offer himself as her food. There is a stone statue representing the prince’s act. Situated at an altitude of around 1750 meters above sea level, the hilltop offers breathtaking views of terraced fields, snow-capped mountains and beautiful settlements.
The day hike begins with a scenic drive to Kavre Bhanjyang via Dhulikhel on a newly built highway. From there, a short hike of about an hour will take us to Namobuddha. At Namobuddha, we will visit places of religious and historical importance as well as the monastery. We will also talk with the officials of the monastery to know more about the place. As Namobuddha is seated on a hilltop, it commands excellent view of the surroundings. You can
have breathtaking views of mountains in the Langtang and Gaurishankar range as well as Mt Everest – the tallest peak on earth – on a clear day. Then we start descending toward the ancient Newari town of Panauti. The main attraction in Panauti is the 15th century temple of Indreshwar Temple.After having lunch, we drive back to Kathmandu.