Bungmati & Khokana village

10 kms from Kathmandu is a classic Newari twin village of Bungmati and Kokana dating from the sixteenth century. This brick huddle atop a hillock, centered in central square, is one of the better preserved Newari villages in the valley. Bungmati is also a renowned center for woodcarving. There are many chaityas and a huge prayer wheel. Between Bungmati and Khokana, the Karya Binayak Temple is dedicated to lord Ganesh. The view from this place is spectacular.

Walk through the cobbled alley, pass several woodcarving shops. You will witness traditional Nepalese life with woman weaving, knitting and hand sewing and men working in their fields. This part of the valley has not been touched with modernization yet and has not changed over the last couple of centuries. Walk 15 minutes from Bungmati to arrive village of Khokana. Although smaller than Bugmati, this village has retained many traditional aspects of Newari life and is famous for mustard oil press. The street is always lined up with a woman sitting in the sun to spin wool, chat and massage their babies. At the end of the square is a multistoried temple to the local mother goddess Shekali Mai. Morning, excursion to these twin village is always recommended.

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