Chandragiri Hill, Nepal

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View of Kathmandu From Chandragiri Hill

Chandragiri Hill ( Nepali: चन्द्रागिरी ) is seven kilometres from Thankot, and lies on the south-west side of Kathmandu Valley which is 2551 metres above sea level. This hill is connected with both Buddhist and Hindu religions. The hill provides panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest.

History[edit]

Chandragiri hill is one of the four passes of Kathmandu, and so is connected with the unification of Nepal by Prithvi Narayan Shah. Before the Tribhuvan Highway was built, travelers used the historic trade route passing through Kulekhani, Chitlang, Chandragiri Pass and Thankot. King Ranajit Malla of Bhaktapur was so distressed that he was driven to compose a lament filled with regret at having trusted the Gorkhali king. According to eyewitnesses, Malla wept uncontrollably when he paused at the hilltop of Chandragiri on the valley rim for one last look at his former kingdom. From Chandragiri, the route descends south and exits the valley to continue on to India.

Geography[edit]

The hill is about (2,551 metres or 7,500 feet) above mean sea level and lies on the south-west of Kathmandu Valley. This hill is made up of sedimentary rock, small and big boulders can be found on the route to the peak, and is covered with a lush green blanket of flora.

Monuments[edit]

Bhaleswor Mahadev

The Bhaleshwar Mahadev temple of Lord Shiva is on top of the hill. Legend says that King Prithivi Narayan Shah worshipped in the temple before conquering the valley during his unification campaign.

Others[edit]

Chandragiri Hiking Trail is a recently opened trekking route around Kathmandu Valley. transportation facility of cable car is available.

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