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Chandragiri Hills: A new outing destination from Kathmandu!

Are you willing to go on a short hike and return on a cable car, or the other way around?

Chandragiri hills(2551 meters), at around 15 kilometers from Kathmandu or seven kilometers from Thankot, has to offer a serene view of the Kathmandu Valley. A new destination for daytrip inside the valley, view of several mountain peaks and various floras on-route makes Chandragiri a perfect day escape destination.

View of Kathmandu Valley from Chandragiri

View of Kathmandu Valley from Chandragiri

However, the major attraction of this destination is Bhaleshwor Mahadev Temple also known as Ichchheshwor Mahadev.

Ichchheswor Mahadev

A view of Ichchheswor Mahadev


Nandi (A Bull) regarded as mount of Lord Shiva

A whole range of Everest and Annapurna range of Himalaya can be visible if you are lucky enough or the weather is good enough.

view of mountains chandragiri hills

View of mountains from the top of Chandragiri Hills

  • How can you reach there?
    A half hour to quarter of an hour drive on a local transport will reach you to Thankot from Old Buspark or New Buspark or a 20 minutes drive from Kalanki. Tickets for the cable car, which is second in Nepal after Manakamana Cable Car, are available at Godam Chaur near Thankot. A 9 to 12 minutes ride will cover 2.5 kilometers to reach you to the top of the hill.

    • Ticket Pricing for Chandragiri Cable Car
      Nepalese: One Way = Rs. 420
      : Both Way = Rs. 700
    • SAARC Countries: One Way = Rs. 1120
      : Both Way = Rs. 1120
    • Foreigners: One way = Rs. 1320
      : Both way = Rs. 2200

25% discount is available for students whereas 50% discounts are available for differently abled people.

No charge is taken for child less than three feet tall.

Water Fountain Chandragiri hills

Part of amusement park at Chandragiri Hills

Things to remember:

  1.  Food items are not allowed in the cable cars.
  2. There are a number of food stalls, restaurants and bars at the stations of Chandragiri Cable Car.
  3.  If you are willing to spend your night, then you can also get resorts at the top of the hill too.
  4. You can walk from Chitlang or Matatirtha to reach the top, which can be a good trail, if you love to hike.
  5. There are 38 Gondolas, which carry around 1,000 people per hour to the top and fro, which carry 8 passengers at a time.
  6. Wheel chairs are supported and cable car operators are eager to help wheelchair-bound passengers in boarding cable cars.
  7. You can book tickets through phone calls or walk-in.
  8. King Prithvi Narayan Shah is said to have seen the then Kathmandu valley from Chandragiri hills, which led him to conquer it into his kingdom and make it the capital of Nepal.
  9. A 1 hour lunch break is enjoyed by cable car staffs from 12:30 to 1:30 every day.
  10. There are free buses running to and from Koteshwor, Balaju, Maharajgung and Kalanki Bhatbhateni.

For more information and bookings please follow this link.

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