- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
- Place or Religious Monument
- Off the beaten track
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.