The traditional architecture and rich culture that are reminiscent of the medieval era this is what Bungmati and Khokana is about. The sight of women, men, and children sitting in the streets or in common courtyards, weaving, chatting, playing, and working under the sun.
As you walk along the streets, you’ll find dozens of masterful wood carvers and sculptors offering you handcrafted items at bargain prices. Most of them work from home and they may even offer you other articles for sale as well.
The women spend their spare time weaving, knitting, and hand sewing. However, the village is probably best known for its woodcarvers, whose expertise in their field becomes readily apparent.
Bungmati and Khokana date back to the 16th century or earlier, and 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 around Patan and to Bungmati and back is central to one of the valley’s most important annual festivals.
Khokana is situated just north of Bungmati. It is a tiny Newari village with a reputation for its mustard oil and the local temple. The Newari who live here eke out a simple living off the land.
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