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Lhakhure Bhanjyang is one of the famous destinations for day hikes in the valley rim and has lots of challenges to offer with trails leading to the top of the hill from many directions from the foothills of the valley. The walk to the top of the hill is very rewarding as it provides the panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley that stretches from Bhaktapur to the far away hills of Thankot.
Panauti one of the finest all-Newar settlements in the region is the village of Panauti. It is built at the confluence of two rivers in a small valley surrounded examples of early temple architecture.The Indreshwar Mahadev Temple is architecturally and historically one Newari culture of the Kathmandu Valley. It is certainly a temple of fine proportions and exquisite carving, simple yet beautiful. The roof struts, showing incarnations of Shiva are matchless in their serenity. Archaeological findings may reveal the existence of a pre-Licchavi settlement in or around Panauti.
It is about two hours drive to Panauti and another 30 minutes drive to the start point from Kusadevi. We cross the river and the village school and start the gradual uphill walk through the villages of Parkhalbari and Doban. A lunch spot can be chosen by stopping in the local tea-shops for a hot cup of tea to accompany your packed lunch. As we start climbing higher we can see the valley beneath with rolling hills and serpentine roads leading deeper into the valley and is just a spectacular site. The trail is wide and we do come across few vehicles and motorbikes passing through sometimes but is not a regular traffic like in the towns or the city. We finally reach our destination Lhakhure Bhanjyang and take rest in the plateau overlooking the valley for photo shoots and then continue descending to Lubu where our transport will meet and take us back to the hotel.