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Changu Narayan
Changu Narayan

Changu Narayan

Free admission
Bhaktapur, Nepal

The Basics

Changu Narayan and its temple are located on a high hill east of Kathmandu and north of Bhaktapur, in the Kathmandu Valley. Although not far from the city, the surrounding farmland and brick kilns give the area a rural feel. This sight represents a turning point in Nepali temple architecture to a style that is distinctly Nepali.

Outside the temple complex, the small town has a few souvenir shops, but it’s not a big or busy place. Despite its heritage site status, not so many visitors make it to Changu Narayan, and it’s not as busy as nearby Bhaktapur. Most visitors come for an hour or two on an excursion from Bhaktapur.

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Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
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$98.67 per adult
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Nagarkot hiking tour
Had a wonderful day touring a number of rural villages and sites. Krishna was a wonderful guide- knowledgable, patient, thoughtful, and truly fun to spend the day with. Highly recommend!
LaurieScudder, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Kathmandu

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Nagarkot/Changu Narayan Hike
LaurieScudder, Feb 2020
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Great tour with Krishna who was a terrific guide. Knowledgeable, patient, fun to be with, patient. And the hike allowed me to see some beautiful sites and small villages. Highly recommend!
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A fantastic view
EbbaFrudh, Nov 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
I had a really good day hiking. A young very enthusiastic guide who made his best. The hiking itself was not too exhausting but merely roads and paths. Not much nature. The view from the start over The Himalayas were breathtaking this day. Cristal clear and ...will remember it for long.
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It was a great trip! The culture in...
Wei-Jay S, Dec 2017
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
It was a great trip! The culture in the area is so well preserved, I got to see how traditional Nepali life is like, as well as the solemn Changu Narayan. What made this trip even more wonderful was my extremely friendly and easy going tour guide Sudip, who not only explained Nepali culture to me along the way, but also answered all the questions I had about Nepal. I really had a good time on the trip,thank you Sudip
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Since this tour includes watching...
vtvoyager787, Apr 2016
Private Day Hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan with Transfer from Kathmandu
Since this tour includes watching the sunrise, it starts very early in the day. My guide and driver met me in the hotel lobby on time at 04.30. The trip to Nagarkot Tower to watch the sunrise was well worth the effort. Having made this trip in April, the conditions were smoggy so you could barely see the tips of the mountains. The October-December time period would be best to see the mountain range is in full view. We had breakfast at small local restaurant with mountain views. It was literally a shack but that's also why I loved it. It was not touristy. The food was very good so absolutely no complaints. I paid for my breakfast, which surprised me since it was supposed to be included in the tour. I felt bad as I only brought an exact amount of money so the money I paid for breakfast was taken out of the money I budgeted to tip my guide and driver. After breakfast, we went on a hike to the Changu Narayan Temple. If you are in good physical condition, it will be an easy hike. This mountain hike offers beautiful views of the valley. It also allowed me to see how the locals live. What is heart breaking is that there are still houses that are waiting to be fixed from last year's earthquake. There was a random hotel during the hike and we stopped there to have a cup of tea. This was an unexpected but a welcome respite as it allowed me to further take in the local experience. The Changu Narayan Temple was a fitting end to the hike. I took in all that history and the outstanding sculptures and woodworking. Finally, my guide was very kind and informative. He was very willing to answer my questions and he answered them with just the right amount of detail. Unlike a previous tour that I took, there was absolutely no pressure from the guide to buy anything from the locals. Any item I bought was solely initiated by me. If you don't have a lot of time to spare in the Kathmandu Valley, I would highly recommend this tour.
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a wonderful day
Erwin O, Nov 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
It was a great experience in beautiful surroundings. Our guide Krishna was very concerned about us and explained a lot about the life of humans and nature. We were more than satisfied. Big praise to the safe driver too
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Trekking
jbrickert2019, Oct 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Short stay in Kathmandu between business meetings and took a day to trek outside the city. Wonderful nature views and local culture experience as we walked through the mountains and villages. Highly recommended if you have a short stay in Kathmandu and want to see day-to-day life in Nepal.
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Excellent
aleiva330, Aug 2019
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
Very nice views and excellent tour guide who was Informative and patient. Had a good time walking to the top and visiting a temple later. Too cloudy to see the mountains but overall a good experience!
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I highly recommend this tour through...
Ann L, Jul 2018
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
I highly recommend this tour through Viator. Lovely trip! My guide Sudip knew so much about the area, very helpful with everything . I really enjoyed my time. It was breathtaking and eye catching and so beautiful. The driver Rosen was very helpful.
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We had a great tour on Sunday...
Birgitte F S, Dec 2017
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
We had a great tour on Sunday December 3 to Nagarkot with sunshine and Perfect view. We would especially like to thank our guide, Sudip, for making this Day such an extraoridinary experience. He is both very knowledgable - precise in his description and very pleasant person who creates a good atmosphere. He was even fluent in Spanish, so we received guideing both in Spanish and English. We also enjoyed the Place, both Food and Service where we had lunch.
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One of the highlights of my around...
Catherine S, Dec 2017
Nagarkot and Changu Narayan Hiking Tour from Kathmandu
One of the highlights of my around the world trip! Traveling alone, my guide Sudip Karki attended to every detail to make sure I was safe, comfortable and very much entertained. The trails through the villages are so charming and enlightening, providing a glimpse into the rural way of Nepali life. The local people are quick to smile and interact. In the surrounding area of the Hindu temple of Change Narayan, you'll find plenty of time to shop for souvenirs, many locally made. The temple itself is quite beautiful and rich in history. It was damaged during their devastating earthquake, but they have preserved the materials and are in the process of restoration with as much original material as is possible. One recommendation I would make would be to skip a heavy breakfast. The lunch is provided in a rural restaurant with stunning views and they serve an enormous portion of delectable local food. I couldn't even make a dent in it and would have loved to take the rest with me! I would also recommend requesting Sudip as your guide, as his English is excellent, he is very knowledgable in Nepal history and culture, and I promise you that he'll make you laugh!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission is free to Nepali nationals, but others require a ticket, which is priced differently for SAARC nationals, Chinese, and other nationalities.

  • The Changu Museum contains some quirky artifacts, including the world’s smallest coin.

  • The Changu Narayan Temple was badly damaged in the earthquake of 2015, but there are still many things to see there.

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How to Get There

It’s easiest to reach Changu Narayan from Bhaktapur. It’s about 30-minute drive. You can also take a taxi or a public bus from the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area.

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When to Get There

The temple itself is open around the clock, but the ticket booths are only manned during normal business hours. Early morning and dusk are good times to visit, if possible, as this is when the devout come to worship.

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Visit Ichangu Narayan

Rather confusingly, the village and temple of Ichangu Narayan also exist within the Kathmandu Valley. They’re on the other side of the Kathmandu Valley from Changu Narayan, south of Swayambhunath, and is also worth visiting. This temple is also dedicated to Vishnu, and dates from the 13th century. It’s an especially nice destination for cyclists leaving from central Kathmandu.

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