On the very south of Bhaktapur city, in between the jungles, you can notice a white like temple place. That is the ashram of pilot baba. The name of the place is quite weird but is one of the best places to do meditation. There is a small temple of lord shiva, named Somnath temple and a big ground to relax. You can count this place as one of the small hiking destinations of Bhaktapur. And yes, you need to pay some amount to enter the ashram as well.
This hiking destination is only 6km away from Bhaktapur durbar square. So, you can reach over there within a maximum of 2 hours’ walk by passing through Surya Binayak temple. Well, it depends upon your walking strength too. Walking in between the jungles is always a better option to be a green panther. It will be more worthwhile if the jungle is brimming with the trees of rhododendron, utis, and sal. The cool wind passing through your face encapsulates that you are about to reach your destination.
Pilot Baba Ashram is situated on the hilltop, from where you can observe Bhaktapur as well as Kathmandu city at one glance. You can also choose to go there on your personal vehicles. Though this place is linked with the road, you can find fast food as well as cold drinks over there. If you want, you can choose to try local food too. This hiking trail also offers to continue the hike towards Ranikot on east, ghyampe danda on the west and Tarakeshwor Mahadev on the south. Consequently, this hike unveils the natural side of Bhaktapur rather than arts and architecture.
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