Gundu in Bhaktapur- chill place to hangout
Are you searching for a chill place in Bhaktapur?
Gundu in Bhaktapur is the best and most viral place, which is near Kathmandu.
Gundu is located in the Bhaktapur District of the Kathmandu Valley, well known as one of the queen cities of Kathmandu. Gundu is located at a distance of nearly 2km from Suryabinayak Chowk, Bhaktapur.
Highlights of Gundu Bhaktapur
Gundu is a place that is very popular due to its natural environment. So, it is one of the best place to visit near Kathmandu. The green meadows, large fields of Makhamali flowers, and mountain views make an eye-pleasing view. This also makes Gundu popular for dry picnics. The beautiful scenery also makes it a popular spot for many photographers, video makers, and internet celebrities. It is also well known for short hiking and Camping. But, if you go camping in Gundu, be sure to pack because there are no hotels and famous restaurants around Gundu.
Here is a short list of things you can do in Gundu.
- Suitable for dry picnics, photoshoots, video creation
- Makhamali flowers fields
- Relaxing Environment
- Eye Pleasing Views
- Dummy Plane ( Plane crash area at Bhaktapur though no plane was actually crashed there, rather, it was a dummy plane built for army training)
- Short Hiking
Location-How do you reach Gundu?
- Take a bus from Koteshowrto reach Suryabinayak Chowk at Bhaktapur from the Koteshowrside and take a right turn.
- Reach Ganesh Temple, also well known as Suryabinayak Temple. Then, retake a right turn. If you turn left, you will arrive at Pilot Baba.
- Go straight to reach Gundu, and then you will reach the ground. You will reach the viral location with a plane after 2 minutes, opposite that ground.
Places you can visit around Gundu or while traveling to Gundu
Suryabinayak Temple is one of the four famous shrines of Lord Ganesh. The temple of Suryabinayak is well known as the elder deity among the four popular Binayak temples of Kathmandu Valley. The other temples are Ashoka Binayak, Jal Binayak and Rakta Binayak.
To reach the temple you have to climb some stone stairs. Along the stairs you will see shrines of many other deities until you get the entrance of the temple premises. There are also statues of Shivalinga, Malla kings and the mount of Lord Ganesha and Mushak in the temple.
It is believed that the Suryabinayak Temple was built in the early 17th century during the reign of the Malla King Bhupatindra Malla. Others also believe that the temple was built by King Vishnu Dev Barma instead.
There is also a temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati aligning with the Suryabinayak Temple.
Pilot Baba Ashram
Pilot Baba Ashram is a very famous spot in Nepal. The Pilot Baba Ashram was built for the worship of spiritual leader and former Indian army, Left-wing commander Kapil Singh. It is said that Pilot Baba “Kapil Singh” left the army for Sanyash to find inner peace from the impact he suffered due to human conflicts and war.
You can visit the temple of Lord Shiva (Som Nath) and also rest in the big indoor meditation hall.
Gyampe Dhanda lies 14 kilometers from the centre of Kathmandu City.Itis one of the best place near Kathmandu. It is a rising tourist destination in Nepal. Gyampe Dhanda lies at a height of around 2,000 meters above sea level. You can see a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley and many snow-capped mountains from Gyamphe Danda.
On the way to Ghyampe Danda you will pass through a dense forest. The forest has an area of 245.165 hectares. The forest has many flora and fauna like colorful rhododendrons forest and many others.
Gyamphe Danda is very popular for Rope cycling, Zip flying, hiking, jungle safari and more. In 2020, the government began the construction of an open National Zoological Garden in Ghyampe Danda.
Ranikot is one of the famous historical spots in Bhaktapur. It has become very famous due to the finding of many fossils or debris of a Lichhavi-era palace. According to locals and experts, it was believed that it was a palace of one of the favorites among the wives of a certain Lichhavi King. Experts have also found many coins and fossils of sub-palaces of the Lichhavi Era.
There are around 250 long stone steps leading to the palace. When the first king of Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah was conquering Nepal, he used this palace as a fort.
Ranikot is also popular due to being cool in summer and cold with certain chances of snowfall in the winter. During Bala Chaturdashi, a fair will be organized in Ranikot.
Anantalingeshwor Mahadev Temple
Anantalingeshwor Mahadev Temple is a famous ancient temple near Gundu in Bhaktapur. It lies on the southwestern hill station of Suryabinayak Municipality, Bhaktapur.
Anantalingeshwor Mahadev is a form of Lord Shiva. Along with him, there are also many other stone shrines and images in the temple.
In this temple, you can also find a pond decorated with a snake image and a panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley with many Himalayan ranges.
Bhairav Nath Temple
The Bhairav Nath Temple lies on the northeast of Gundugaun, Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Bhairav Nath Temple is right next to Nyatapole Temple. This temple is devoted to Lord Bhairava, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Lord Bhairav Nath is also well known as Lord Kasi Vishwanath and Lord Aakash Bhairava.
Bisket Jatra is organized every year in the belief of Lord Bhairav Nath.
Bhairav Nath was first built during the reign of King Jagjjyoti Malla (r. 1614-37) and has gone through many renovations. Bhupatindra Malla added the second tier in 1717 and the final tier of this temple was added by Mallas or was added during the renovation of the earthquake of 1934. It may go through another reconstruction due to the April 2015 earthquake.
Bronze and Brass Museum
The Bronze and Brass Museum lies northeast of Gundu. It is next to the woodcarving museum in Bhaktapur. You can enter this museum with tickets of The National Art Gallery or the Woodcarving Museum.
This museum has the traditional utensils of different eras, including many ritual vessels used in the past. Most of the artifacts in this museum are from the Malla Period.
The Siddha Pokhari, also known as Ta-Pukhu or Indra Daha, is an artificial pond that lies on the north of Gundu in Bhaktapur, near the main gate of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It is said to be built in the 15th century during the reign of King Yakshya Malla.
During Ashwin Krishna Dwithiya, a large fair is held in Siddha Pokhari. The devotees dip into the holy water and worship goddess Indrayani with the belief of health and happiness due to her blessing. Small shrines of Shiva, Shakti, Baishanv and Buddha are also found around the pond.
During Indra Jatra also known as Yenya Punhi, the idol of Indrayani is bought in Siddhapokhari and left bare during the night. Many devotees also celebrate Diwali or Dugu Puja in Siddha Pokhari.
Similarly, SiddhaPokhari is a popular public dating spot and best place to visit near Kathmandu.
Shilu Mahadev Temple
The Shilu Mahadev Temple lies 4 km north of Gundu in Bhaktapur. It is also the tallest temple of Bhaktapur durbar square. This temple is more popularly called Phasidega or Phasidegal. Shilu Mahadev Temple is in the northeast of the 55 windows palace.
The 5 layer platform in this temple is believed to be the symbol of Pancha Maha Preta, which include Rudra, Ishwor, Vishnu, Brahma, and Sadashiv.
The Shilu Mahadev Temple was severely damaged during the devastating earthquake of April 2015.
The Nyatapola Temple lies on the northeast of Gundu, Over Taumadhi Square, Bhaktapur. The Nyatapola temple is also well known as a five-storeyed temple or the Panch tale mandir in Nepali Language.
It was built by the Malla King, Bhupatindra Malla in 1702. It was damaged during the 8.3 earthquakes in 1934 and the recent earthquake in 2015.
The Nyatapola Temple is devoted to the goddess Siddhi Laxmi. . Only the priest who will worship the temple knows what she looks like. Some locals believe that she has 9 heads and 18 hands. The doors of the temple are opened only on Dashain and Pancha Prachar Puja.
Currently, Nyatapola Temple is already more than 300 years old.
Not only Gundu , you can also visit and enjoy the above mentioned places while travelling to Gundu . In addition, you can try different famous typical Newari cuisines while travelling these area.