Kathmandu, January 7
Ghyampedanda in Bhaktapur is a familiar destination for Kathmanduites. From here, after climbing for about an hour, you reach Ranikot. Ranikot is an area of Bhaktapur's Gundu and Sipadol, as well as Kavre's Yale. Even though it is very close to the city, the journey of this 2100 meter high peak can be memorable.
Recently, a jeep line is under construction in Ghyampedanda. This will add charm to this destination. Hoteliers have also been attracted to Ghyampedanda, known as a picnic spot. Standard resorts are open.
The ashram of Pilot Baba near Ghyampedanda has also increased the importance of this destination. Ranikot is a place to visit three religious destinations simultaneously. After visiting the Suryavinayak Temple, you can reach Pilot Baba's Ashram. Ghyampedanda can also be reached by visiting Doleshwor Mahadev through Suryabinayak.
The easiest route to reach Ranikot is to follow the Suryavinayak Temple by car to the right. Surrounded by dense forest, this road has turned black.
If you want to go by public transport, fall at Suryabinayak Chowk and follow Suryabinayak Temple. Also, visit the temple if you have time. A maximum of half an hour is enough to visit the temple when there is no crowd.
After visiting the temple, you can follow the road and climb up. But now there are many vehicles on this road. Caution should be exercised while walking due to youngsters riding motorcycles at high speeds.
If you have a private vehicle with you, you can reach Ghyampedanda by that. Even though it is steep and winding, buses can easily reach here. Ghyampedanda is a picnic spot. However, due to lack of management, this hill is becoming dirty and ugly. Vehicle parking can be done at a suitable place in Ghyampedanda. Then you have to climb the hill of Ranikot. The road from Suryabinayak to Ghyampedanda is 4 kilometers long. Pedestrians can take up to an hour and a half.
On the way, don't be afraid to enter the pilot's ashram. This place is very suitable for sightseeing. The distance from Ghyampedanda to Ranikot is 3 kilometers. Those who drive in Ghyampedanda can reach Ranikot on foot. For walking from Suryabinayak, it is enough for hiking.
There is even a route to reach Suryabinayak via Ranikot by climbing Lakuri Bhanjyang. But, that route can be long. There is also a road from Lakuri Bhanjyang to Ranikot Dandidanda, where only motorcycles can be driven. However, it can be a bit risky.
This route is suitable for walking as much as possible. After visiting the Doleshwar temple in Bhaktapur, one can even climb Ranikot. During the trek, deer, boar, kalij pheasant, can be seen.
Ranikot has recently opened standard resorts. Plan your meals based on your budget. Generally, you can make food at home and enjoy the day trip with your family.
If you want to return after spending one night, the resorts are open here. From here, one can observe various mountain ranges including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Cho Oyu. This hill is also suitable for viewing Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur cities. Due to the recent opening of resorts in Ghyampedanda, guests get adequate services here.
Apart from the view tower in Ranikot, there are no other man-made structures. The fun of this route is the dense jungle, the chirping of birds and the scenery of the capital city.
If you visit Kavre during the trip, you may get a chance to buy local vegetables. If possible, buy vegetables directly from the farmer's farm and the farmer will also get a fair price for the crop.
Another product Jeep line, is also being added to Ranikot Yatra. The upper station at Ranikotgadhi Hawaghar and the lower station at the new village behind Pilot Baba Ashram will have a jeep line.
It has not come into operation yet. After the jeep line comes into operation, you can enjoy the jeep line when you reach Ranikot on foot.
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