Panauti is a medieval town in the heart of Nepal and has been home to Newari people for centuries. Panauti Community Homestay provides travelers with a chance to experience Panauti’s rich heritage with modern access such as Wi-Fi, hot water, cable TV in the living room, etc, all while staying at authentic homes run by Nepali women. It is a home for family, couples and solo travelers to come and experience Newari culture, artisanship, history and cuisine. When you stay in Panauti, you will have an opportunity to explore Panauti’s many temples or enjoy a walk around the city, all within walking distance of your homestay. Here are list of top five things to do while visiting this medieval town.
1. Hiking around Panauti
There are two lovely hikes to or from Panauti
Community Hike from Sanga to Panauti through Tamang Hill Villages.
Hiking about 10 kilometers from Sanga to Panauti (or vice versa) is an easy-moderate difficulty. The scenery is magnificent with the views of majestic Himalaya peaks towering over you along the trail. You can stop by and enjoy local foods at some of Tamang settlements. There are several farm fields along the way you’ll walk through as well as Tamang people working in their rice paddies or tending livestock who stop what they’re doing to wave hello at us. After hiking around 5-6 hours, you can stop your trail at Panauti village community homestay where you can have a delicious meal.
Hike to Namo Buddha Sacred Buddhist Site from Panauti Homestay
Hiking to the preserved Tibetan Buddhist site of Namo Buddha is an excellent way to get off the beaten path in Nepal. Starting from Panauti you’ll climb gradually uphill about 250 meters through fields and forests, meeting Nepali villagers and farmers on the way. When you reach the Namo Buddha sacred site you will find a clean and no-polluted environment with fresh air. The snow-capped Himalayas will amaze you with the view from Namo Buddha Site. There is also a large Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery where Buddha’s sons, monks, perform a worshipping ceremony in the big hall and nice delicious meals to enjoy.
2. Explore the Medieval Town, Panauti
Panauti is home to 40 temples, which are all diverse in architecture and style. Panauti also has a museum where you can see sculptures, inscriptions, and other artifacts. Panauti is the town of festivals too, with 28 different festivals celebrated on various occasions every year. Panauti has been around for centuries and throughout those years has had many different rulers who have left their mark on the architecture in Panauti. There are pieces of each era still standing today, from medieval times to modern times. Panauti also features traditional houses with courtyards surrounded by wooden screens to maintain the privacy of family members. The houses are still constructed in an authentic, traditional way, like they were back in ancient times, with Nepalese designs and architecture. The host of the homestay place will offer to take you around the town and houses while explaining about the town’s history. It is also a nice place for photographers to take vintage photos.
3. Cycling Adventures
As Nepal is a wonderful land filled with mountains and magnificent scenery, it has beautiful trails to start your adventure with a bicycle, especially in this town Panauti. Local Youths are starting to give service to tourists and corporate in eco friendly and sustainable tourism activity. Bikers can start the trail from Panauti Bike station where all the services for bikers are provided. If you connect with a local homestay, they can arrange your whole biking trail with a local guide and perfect sightseeing. Throughout the path, you can witness markets, vintage buildings, farms, temples and most importantly splendid sceneries. There is also a chance to enjoy Nepal Traditional Tea which represents Nepali Culture. Even the beginner riders can take this trail with the guidance of trained local youths.
4. Savor Your own Nepali food
Visiting Nepal is not complete without having Nepali Culture Tea and self-made home cooked Nepali meals. While staying with locals, visitors can create their own Nepali Food by learning of traditional cooking recipes of Nepal. Visitors can shop for food ingredients from local markets and cook together with the local homestay hosts. You can learn traditional home meals of Nepali starting from shopping, chopping to plating and then enjoy the warm and delicious meals.
5. Stay with locals at Community Homestay
A personal encounter with locals by staying at Community Homestay is highly recommended while you are in Panauti, Nepal. Traveling is more unique if you make more friends along the way. Meeting new people and having fun with them is much more memorable than the standard arranged tourist trips. Hosts from Panauti Community Homestay are friendly and kind. They can offer you the best homestay experience while living and eating with them while travelling around Panauti City. Panauti is a well-preserved city with few tourists. The hosts from community homestay are well experienced and will receive their guests with comfortable facilities and warm services.
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