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Bungamati

Bungamati (Nepal)

Practical information about Bungamati

  • Countryside
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Handicraft
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
40mins by bus from the Lagankhel station in Patan
When to go
During October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Bungamati

Emeline Mainy Travel writer
13 travel articles

Bungamati is a small, picturesque town in the Kathmandu region that's famous for being the birthplace of a popular regional god, Patan, Rato Machhendranath.

My suggestion:
If you have the time during your tour of Nepal, go for a few hours' stroll along its little paved streets, particularly if the Rato Machhendranath Festival is being held.
Summary:
With few visitors, this little town has a lovely, sleepy feel, particularly during the dry season. Residents hang out their washing or discreetly wash themselves, their modesty protected by sheets, outside on the paved streets, whilst the sound of wood carvers and their workshops break the silence that pervades the town. The main square is the hub, where a Sikhara, built in typical northern Indian style, is the focal point.
The town is well known in the area, as it was the birthplace of Patan, Rato Machhendranath, a regional deity who's the God of Rain. The village annually welcomes Nepalese pilgrims from all over the region who come to worship at Bungamati. The festival is held every April or May, according to the lunar calendar and it's not unusual for the dates to be annonced only a few days in advance. The procession that carries the god's effigy leaves from Patan and arrives at Bungamati before doing an about turn.
If, once you've visited the town's temples, you fancy a bite, then I recommend you try one of my favourite Nepalese snacks - 'moong dal', which are lentil crisps sold in small bags from stalls. The tastiest ones are in blue bags! If you choose the purple bags, be warned...make sure you have a sweet drink and some tissues to hand, as the hot spices will make your eyes water...
Bungamati's main square
Bungamati women
Aurélia Hillaire Travel writer
12 travel articles

Not far from Patan, the little Newar village of Bungamati has a particularly peaceful atmosphere.

My suggestion:
Linger in the chowk (the village's public square): sit down in the October sunshine and savour the bucolic charm of Bungamati. Before going for a walk through the paddy fields towards Khokana
Summary:

Situated on a hill dressed in the brilliant green of paddy fields, the village of Bungamati is known for its woodwork. Easily accessible by bus, it can be the destination of a charming escape from Patan. You will bump into hardly any tourists there and you can enjoy being in close proximity to the native population and their daily activities: drying rice in the sun in the village's public square for the women and working with wood in the surrounding workshops for the men. 

Although we date it from the Middle Ages, Bungamati was actually built in the 16th century around a very beautiful temple dedicated to Machendranath: the god of the Kathmandu Valley and the god of rain. It is guarded by two stone lions. 

Unfortunately, on the day following the festival dedicated to this god, an earthquake surprised the participants on 25 April 2015. According to the written information I have on the subject, Bungamati was seriously affected by the catastrophe. 

The peaceful village square in Bungamati
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