Bajrabarahi to Godavari Day Hike

Day Hike

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US$ 80 P/P

Trip Info

  • Duration

    1 Day

  • Max. Altitude

    1700 m

  • Difficulty

    easy

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Drive

  • Region/Type

    Day Hike Around In Kathmandu
  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Bajrabarahi Godavari Day Hike is a short hike nearby Kathmandu city. It is a short and easy walk ideal for those looking for a short yet new hiking experience. For example, it is perfect for those with a short vacation, looking for a family trip, weekend gateway, diplomats, or ex-pats. The walk gives the hikers with uniqueness along with nature, culture, and traditional insight. 

We start the hiking after a short drive of 30 minutes from Kathmandu city to the Bajra Barahi Temple of Patan. The temple - BajraBarahi is very a famous Hindu temple. Some fascinating architecture can be seen here. It is believed that there was a pond where the temple stands today. One interesting fact about this temple is that it does not have a pinnacle which is uncommon for a temple in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu. Another interesting thing is that the Kapali (an ancient Newari community) people still perform cremation around the Bajrabarahi temple. Also, the temple is not just religiously significant, but also has ecological and environmental significance.

From the temple, we start the hiking journey along the paved road. For the first half or till Bode Gaun, we will be walking on the concrete road due to the development. Though the roads may not be appealing, the panoramic views of the Himalayas from the Manaslu range to the Langtang range and the green vegetation will keep us going and make us want more. More than half of our walking trail goes through pine, rhododendron, and wildflowers forest. The farms are filled with crops accordingly to the season for example the fields filled with yellow mustard flowers in the summertime are unmatchable. 

We will explore the Santaneshwor Mahadev Temple, one of Nepal’s most prominent Hindu Temples on the way to Godawari. According to Hindu mythology, couples with barren laps are able to bear children after praying in this temple of Lord Shiva. The story is also mentioned in the "Shree Swasthani Brata Katha," a Hindu holy book. Aside from its religious and spiritual significance for Hindus, the temple and its surroundings are best to unwind. The surroundings are clean, serene, and green with lush woodland where we can hear the soft whispers of beautiful birds. During the Hindu holidays of "Ekadasi," "Maha Shivaratri," "Teej," "Bada Dashain," and others, large crowds of Hindu devotees can be seen. People visit the Temple, notably on Mondays and Saturdays.

Once we pray to the Lord Mahadev in the temple, we will continue our walk through the walking trail till we reach the Godawari Botanical Garden on the lap of the highest hill, Phulchowki. Then, we proceed to explore the Botanical Park and get insight into different species of vegetation. Royal Botanical Gardens is another name for it. The park is known for its picnic places, but it also has a large variety of flora and animals to watch and experience. The garden, which opened in 1962, now has over 500 varieties of plants, including 115 orchids, 66 ferns, and 77 cacti. It also features about 200 plants and shrubs, some of which are uncommon and endangered. Around 256 kinds of birds and more than 200 species of butterflies live on these 72 hectares of land. This magnificent garden provides you with the opportunity to interact directly with nature.

After a good relaxing time in the garden, we drive back to Kathmandu. 

The Highlights of the Bajrabarahi to Godavari Day hike

  • Picturesque landscapes of Paddy Fields 
  • Amazing View of the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu peaks on a clear day
  • Explore pine woodlands, Rhododendron bushes, and a variety of wildflowers
  • Visiting the Godawari Botanical Garden which houses different species of native plants and flowers

Best Time to do Bajrabarahi Godavari Day Hike 

Bajrabarahi Godavari Day Hike can be done throughout the year. However, the spring and autumn months are the optimum times for hiking journeys in Nepal. The days are warm and clear, the weather is stable, the trails are dry and easy, and the natural vistas are spectacular during these periods. Winter is also considered a great time to do this short easy hike as winter in Kathmandu and its surroundings have warm, sunny and clear days. 

If there is to avoid a time to do this hike, it would be the core monsoon season that begins in June and lasts till early September. However, the monsoon in Nepal especially occurs during the mornings and evenings, so this short 3 hours hike is possible. Hikers can actually view nature at its best during the wet season.

Itinerary in Details

: Drive to Bajrabarahi Temple & Hike to Godawari

🕑 2 Hours Return Drive & 3/4 Hours Walk

Max Altitude: 1515 M

The day begins with breakfast and we will drive to Bajrabarahi Temple in Chapagaun Village. Once we reach the temple, we will explore the temple and the temple surroundings. After some time, we will start the hiking journey from the temple on a concrete paved road. There is construction going on these days so the trail is concrete until halfway or till Bode Gaun (village). Though the road you will walk is on concrete, the surrounding views are filled with nature and thriving vegetation according to the seasons. We will also be able to get the sight of the Himalayan panoramic view from Manaslu, Ganesh to Langtang if we are lucky or if the weather favors us. 

After walking and enjoying the beauty of nature, we will come by the temple of Santaneshowr. We will pay our respect to the temple and take in the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding view from the temple. Leaving the temple behind, we will continue our hiking through some settlements of the Tamang people and woodlands of pine, rhododendron, and wildflowers of the season. 

Our walking journey concludes in the Godawari Botanical Garden, where will get to see a variety of rare plants and flowers native to Nepal. We will walk around the garden admiring the beauty of nature for some time and get out. We might have a short tea break outside the garden and we will return to Kathmandu in a private vehicle. 

Meals: Lunch

Includes

  • Private Transportation to/from (Kathmandu – Bajra Barahi & Godawari – Kathmandu) Your Location
  • Experience English Speaking Hiking Guide
  • Entrance fee for Godavari Botanical Garden 
  • Required heritage fees
  • Bottled/Mineral water
  • Lunch during the hike
  • Applicable government taxes 

Excludes

  • Accommodations
  • Meals - Breakfast and Dinner
  • Personal expenses, Tips and etc.
  • Hiking gear
  • Travel, Medical insurance, and first aid kit
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion

Since day hikes are single-day trips, it doesn’t require accommodations so it is not included in the package. However, we offer 3-star category accommodation with breakfast on a twin/double sharing basis. But the accommodation can be modified as per the traveler’s interest, budget and availability. Luxurious resorts, standard hotels to comfortable guesthouses, lodges, and homestays are available in Kathmandu.  

Meals While on Bajrabarahi to Godavari hike

Generally, if the location we are hiking towards consists of restaurants or cafes then we will have our meals and tea/coffee in those local restaurants/cafes. But if the destination doesn’t have any restaurants then our guide will take a packed lunchbox both veg and non-veg as per the traveler's choice, and a water bottle with him/her. We will enjoy the hygienically packed lunch overlooking the mesmerizing scenery seen from the hilltop. 

 

 

GearList

Clothing/Equipment/Gear for Day Hike Bajrabarahi to the Godavari

Kathmandu Valley is surrounded by beautiful hill stations around its perimeter. So it is of no surprise that Kathmandu is really popular for day hikes. Phulchowki is the highest hill surrounding Kathmandu Valley located at an altitude of 2750 meters above sea level. To help you pack efficiently, we have prepared a gear list for Phulchowki Hike based on seasons. Nepal has four primary seasons:-

Winter: Winter in Nepal falls in January and February. It starts getting cooler after Christmas. The temperature is usually 0-4°C in the morning, 10-12°C at noon, and -1 to 0°C at night. So if you are planning to hike here any time after Christmas to the end of February then we suggest you wear long-sleeved t-shirts, hoodies or sweater/fleece, windproof and preferably waterproof jackets because Phulchowki has temporary snowfall during winter. Similarly, we suggest wearing beanies/hats, gloves, trousers, sports shoes/hiking hoots, and thermals if you prefer an extra layer of warmth. Carrying a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking poles would be ideal.  

Spring: March to May are spring in Nepal. The temperature in these months during the morning ranges from 10-12°C, 22-24°C at noon, and 14-16°C at night. Since the weather is pleasant during spring, apart from the basic essentials mentioned below, all you need is some casual shirts, shorts or trousers, a couple of long sleeves, sports shoes/hiking boots, a water bottle, sunscreen, sun hat/cap, sunglasses, and an overall/light jacket because it might get a bit chilly at the top. 

Summer/Monsoon: June, July, August, and September are summer months in Nepal. But we have a summer monsoon that occurs from Mid-June to Mid-September. The temperature of Kathmandu ranges from 18-20 °C in the morning, 28-32°C at noon, and 16-18°C at night. We do not suggest you hike while raining but apart that that, Summer Hiking in Phulchowki is ideal too.  So, besides the regular items mentioned below, casual cotton wears, sunglasses, a sun hat/cap, an umbrella, or a raincoat are some essentials for the summer. Because this hike takes place in a lush forest, there might be some leeches if it rains the previous night. These leeches aren’t harmful but might cause nuisance so the trick is to carry salt and if leeches try and stick to your body then you could sprinkle salt.  

Autumn/Fall: October, November, and December are autumn in Nepal. It is the best time for the Phulchowki hike due to the delightful weather and visibility of beautiful vistas seen along the way and from the hilltop. The temperature of Phulchowki during fall ranges from 8-10 °C in the morning, 22-25°C at noon, and 5-7°C at night. December is comparatively cooler than the other two months. While hiking around Kathmandu during fall, you would be good to go with fleece/sweater or hoodies, hat/beanie, shawl/scarf, trousers, long-sleeved shirts, light jackets, or overalls, a water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hiking boots or sports shoes. 

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