Bungmati and Khokana date back to the 16th century or earlier, both villages boast some very impressive monuments and ancient temples. Bungmati is the birthplace of Rato Machhendranath, the patron of the valley, and the large shikhara style temple in the village square is his home for half of the year. He spends the rest of his time in Patan. The process of moving him from Patan to Bungmati and back is central to one of the valley’s most important annual festivals. In the evening during this tour, join us for an authentic Nepali meal, paired with an engaging cultural dance.