Chandragiri Hills is a quick getaway & an enchanting oasis right outside the city.
Just 7 km away from Thankot, Kathmandu, Chandragiri Hills feels like a whole new world, altogether. The 2551 meter-high natural haven is surrounded by temperate wilderness with a fantastic panorama of the Himalayas as the backdrop. The closest location from Kathmandu to get a view of the majestic Mt. Everest is surely something that you shouldn’t be missing.
Along with refreshing forest air and a spectacular view of the Himalayan vistas, the area is also home to one of the most important Hindu temple: the Bhaleshwor Mahadev, which is believed to possess wish-granting powers.
Chandragiri Hills has its historical significance as well. It was from these hills that King Prithivi Narayan Shah caught the first glimpse of a much scenic and prosperous Kathmandu valley, which in fact instilled in the king’s mind an idea of annexing the valley into his kingdom. According to folklore, Prithivi Narayan Shah is believed to have amassed spiritual powers for unification process after undergoing rigorous ‘sadhana’ or meditation at these very hills. The Gorkhali King disguised himself while ascending the hills in order to avoid being recognized by the Malla Kings of Kathmandu Valley.
In his ‘Divyopadesh’ (Divine Preaching), it has been mentioned that King Prithivi Narayan Shah was determined to first annex and then make Kathmandu the capital of unified Nepal. He apparently first saw the valley while on his way back to his kingdom in Gorkha from his in-law’s realm in Makwanpur. Astrologers Bhanu Aryal and Kulananda Dhakal who accompanied the king during that trip had made a prediction that their king’s wish to takeover Kathmandu would definitely come true. As per popular belief, pleased with his perseverance and Sadhana, it was Bhaleshwor Mahadev that granted King Prithivi Narayan Shah his wishes to be true.
Whether it is the love for nature, pilgrimage or leisure time with your loved ones, Chandragiri Hills is the place to be — it’s Where