KATHMANDU UNIVERSITY, DHULIKHEL
Dhulikhel is popular for its natural beauty and ancient traditions. The place was once known by the Buddhist name of Shrikhandapur and still has a few Buddhist Monasteries in memory of the old days. Namo Buddha is an interesting and pleasant three-hour hike from the town, and has a nice mix of Buddhist flavor and old Hindu temples. Dhulikhel is one of the more popular places from which to observe the high Himalaya. From the edge of the ridge, a stunning panorama of peaks unfolds, from Langtang Lirung (7227m) in the west, through Dorje Lakpa (6966m) to the huge bulk of Gauri Shankar (7134m) and nearby Melungtse (7181m), and as far as Numbur (5945m) in the east.
Travel to Dhulikhel
Dhulikhel is about 30 kilometers east from Kathmandu. So, if you wish to directly go to Dhulikhel from Kathmandu airport, you can hire a taxi. Make sure your driver knows your destination address, including name of hotel or street name. Also, it is good to remember the taxi number, or plate numbers. This could prove helpful in case of emergency situations or if you happen to forget anything inside the vehicle. Taxis would normally cost Nepalese Rupees 1500 to 2000. It takes less than an hour to reach Dhulikhel from Kathmandu Airport.
Or, you may wish to spend a night in Kathmandu. Thamel, the city center is only 20 – 30 minutes driving distance from Kathmandu airport. Although it is a main backpacker’s destination in Nepal there are plenty of good hotels in Thamel area, and this could probably be where you would want to start your journey. If you are travelling from the airport to Thamel, the easiest way is to take a taxi. When you exit the airport, you will see a taxi outside waiting for clients or you could also pre-book inside the airport.
There are also public busses being operated regularly and available at the Kathmandu Old Bus Park. These busses may take longer travel time but are so inexpensive and efficient, which could be a good way to taste the Nepali lifestyle at its core. They take us directly to Dhulikhel Bus Park which is approximately one kilometer walk from the conference venue. Similar options apply when you return to Kathmandu from Dhulikhel.