Top 10 places to visit in Hetauda
Hetauda is a booming economic center. Yet its tourist destinations have been largely ignored. If you want to observe the innate beauty of nature, explore ancient religious relics or just go on a hike enjoying the lifestyle of a traditional town being mixed with modern infrastructure, Hetauda is the perfect place for you.
The major advantage of traveling to hetauda is its small size. You can find electric automobiles called Mayuris anywhere at any time or diesel powered auto rickshaws as well. It will cost around Rs. 50- Rs. 100 per person with discounts on groups and you can find them around any popular chowks(Roundabouts) like Buddha Chowk.
Here's the top 10 places that you must visit while they're still hidden gems and not very crowded.
This is the best representation of Hetauda in my opinion. It is a traditionally significant religious spot, which is coddled by greenery and nature. The main temple area is led by a straight staircase which is an easy-moderate climb of about 40 minutes for even beginners, or you can take the concrete path via Auto or on a two wheeler that takes around 20 minutes. It also provides a beautiful view of the entire city of hetauda along with various hill ranges. It is also recommended to visit Dakshin Kali temple that lies on the way to Manakamana.
Bhutandevi is a major temple in hetauda and it's one of the highly visited temples. It has banqueting services, many temples, monkeys and waiting halls as well. Bhutandevi is known as the sister of Hidimba after whom hetauda itself is named. She is a reincarnation of Goddess Durga. It takes 5 minutes to reach Bhutandevi temple from Buddha Chowk.
Shahid smarak, especially after being renovated, has become a dazzling sight. It has carved models of 13 martyrs, a fun park, garden, ferris wheel, zoo, etc. It takes around 15 minutes to reach here from Buddha Chowk. Punya chetra is also a serene and peaceful spot near Shahid smarak that is highly recommended.
Banaskhandi is another popular tourist and religious destination. It has a proper waiting hall and various beautiful flowers and trees, with people doing various occasions here as well. You can get here in about 5 minutes from Buddha Chowk.
108 Dhara Temple
108 Dhara temple is considered a sister temple to the Famous Muktinath and it has beautiful carved animal heads with sparkling clean water. There are various flowers and also the main temple itself giving a picturesque view. It takes around 15 minutes to reach from Buddha Chowk.
Churia Mai Temple
Churia Mai devi is a temple on the Chure hills built during the Rana period which protects the devotees from accidents. It can be reached in about 30 minutes from Buddha Chowk.
Puspalal Park situated in the heart of hetauda near Sano pokhara Chowk. Surrounded by trees and flowers, visitors can even go boating in the silent lake. It can be reached even by taking a right from Buddha Chowk and walking for about 15 minutes or by mayuris.
Hetauda View Tower
This is a hiking trail that is just across Rapti bridge and provides a clear view of hetauda. It is also known as Bhairab dada hiking trail. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the base of the trail from Buddha Chowk.
Gumba danda is a stone art spot near Harnamadi. It is a refreshing site with creative sculptures, which can also be a clean and fun picnic spot. It is around 30 minutes away from Buddha Chowk.
Nawalpur Jhulunge Pul (Bridge)
This is a suspension bridge which is a popular tourist spot among locals and tourists alike. It is a suspension bridge above the Rapti River which is near Rapti river. There are various restaurants and shops around as well. It is about 10 minutes away from Buddha Chowk.