Chitlang is a Nepali town with magnificent buildings and mountains surrounded by lush green woodlands home to over 160 different bird and animal species. Chitlang is a beautiful place to visit since it combines natural beauty with cultural legacy. The Narayani zone includes Chitlang, an early Newari town in Makwanpur district. It is located in the northern part of Makwanpur district, on the southern main route of the 8289-foot Chandragiri hill. 

About Chitlang

Chitlang is 28km far from Kathmandu and is 195.3km from Pokhara. Chitlang Village is in Narayani Zone, Nepal, a landlocked country in South Asia. The traditional path into Kathmandu valley in the southwest has been through this district's Bhimfedi marketplace.

 

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The ancient Newar VDC settlement of Chitlang is here. This location has been unearthed with inscriptions dating back to the Lichchavi period. In Toukhel, Ward 6 of Chitlang VDC, an inscription by king Amshubarma was uncovered (at sambat 37). 

Chitlang, an ancient commerce route that connected Kathmandu to the rest of the country before the construction of the Tribhuvan Highway, has recovered from the brink of becoming a no-go location for most tourists. Chitlang, located southwest of Kathmandu, is progressively transforming into a tourism destination, attracting over 1,000 national and international visitors each week.

 

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Chitlang was a key trading course before the Tribhuvan Highway, also known as the byroad, was built, with dealers going through the trails to enter the Valley. The original route had historical value, but after the street was built, it lost its luster.

Chitlang's appeal has been enhanced by its large green grounds. A large Apple backyard with over a million trees can be found. A few cottages have lately been built in the garden, providing travelers with an enjoyable stay.

Many temples with magnificent wood and stone carvings, artistic rest homes, rock taps, and the accessible inscription of centuries (Lichchhavi age) long exist as proof of civilized culture in earlier generations. It's thought that a handful of the overthrown Malla rulers fled to Chitlang in the 18th century, where they were defeated by Prithvi Narayan Shah. A little shrine remains a short distance from the main street, with a variety of weaponry hung on the wall and where they're said to have worshiped for their own ancestral gods. The entrance to a cave, which they're thought to have utilized to get to the water spout, may be seen here (that is also referred to as Narayan Hiti since the one in Kathmandu). Close to the imperial shrine is a large spherical lump of rock that is considered to be a cannonball.

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Some historians believe that these people, known as Gopalis, are descendants of the monarchs of the Gopal era. Newar, Tamang, Khas, and other ethnic groups make up the majority of the population. 

It is located in the northern part of Makwanpur district, on the southern main route of the 8289-foot Chandragiri hill. 

Emperor Ashok, who had visited Nepal in the years B.S. 316 (Nepal Sambat 1153), A.D. 273 — 232 or perhaps 2265, placed an Ashok stamba (pillar) and one Chaitya at the so-called Chilanche in Chitrapur of Chitlang village. 

Chitlang's history is thought to be linked to this stupa, which itself contains the account of the famous Indian Emperor Ashoka's visit. According to folklore, the name 'Chitlang' comes from the Newari word 'Chaittya Lhown,' which means 'Chaitya - made of stones.’

There was no other way to get to India during this time. Huan Sang journeyed to Nepal during this route after hearing of King Ansu Barma's death in the year A.D. 635 — 636 or even 1357 years before the trip. 

During the year B.S. 1799, King Prithivi Naryan Sha, who had traveled to Kashi, India to visit Sigdah Mahatma and then returned to Nepal through Chiasapani Gadi during Chitlang into Kathmandu valley and then returned to Gorkha, was judged by King Narbhupal Sha.

Kathmandu to Chitlang

From the capital city, there are various options for getting to Chitlang. With the addition of a cable car to the top of the ridge, the hike can now be reduced to simply going downwards after a brief ride. Buses and smaller vehicles leave Kathmandu and travel via Kulekhani to Taukhel, near Chitlang. Taukhel is only a one-hour walk away. Hetauda buses travel all the way to Chitlang through Kulekhani and return to Hetauda in the morning. 

Above Thankot is a village known as Godam, from which some pickup trucks go for Chitlang in the morning, choosing the shortest route across the Chandragiri pass, which takes approximately an hour. One pair of buses travels via Pharping near Dakshinkali for about three hours but does not reach Chitlang; Taukhel is the closest location. The other cars travel to Kulekhani along the old Tribhuvan Highway.

Hence the different ways one can travel to Chitlang are listed out below:

1) By road then By Cable car and a short hike

If you find a Bhat-Bhateni supermarket along Ring Road, you can get free transport to the cable car's starting point. Because the shuttle makes numerous stops, it is recommended that you meet it at the Kalanki Bhat-Bhateni, which is the final station on the way to Chandragiri. As long as it's on time, it'll stop there between 11:00 and 11:15 a.m. 

You can take a local bus to Kalanki for 20 rupees each and then a taxi up to Chandragiri for 500 rupees instead of riding the complimentary shuttle. You'll save nearly 2 hours this way.

Prices of the tickets for the Cable Cars are as follows:

Adults are those who have reached adulthood (One Way) 

415 NPR for Nepalese 

664 NPR for SAARC countries 

$9 USD for Chinese 

Foreigners are charged $13 USD. 

Adults are those who have reached adulthood (Two Ways) 

700NPR for Nepalese

$15 USD for Chinese 

$22 USD for foreigners 

Discounts:

Free for children under the age of three. 

40% off for a child with a height of 3-4 feet tall 

Disabled people get a 50% discount. 

Over the age of 60, you will receive a 25% discount. 

Students get a 25% discount 

Locals get a 25% discount. 

Expats get a 25% discount.

2) By road then by foot

-   2 hours of walking 

-Time allotted: 6 hours

-The walk is almost entirely downhill or flat. 

-Difficulty Level: Easy You can finish it in 2 hours even if you go slowly. The hike is rather straightforward for the most part. 

-Before You Depart: Have your phone fully charged and download an offline map.

Bring 1 liter of water and sunscreen for each person. 

3) Simply by road

You will find buses or can book a private cab to drive all the way to Chitlang. The roads are a bit rocky but it has been pitched due to many travelers traveling by car to the village.

Furthermore, On weekends, Chitlang is a popular destination for local tourists. People in this neighborhood like to party and stay up all night. It's really calm and tranquil during the week. It's significantly louder and less relaxing on Fridays and Saturdays. People should organize their visits accordingly.

Weather in Chitlang

Chitlang goes through 4 major seasons: Summer, Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. The weather is comparatively cold and windy compared to the other cities in Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. Summer: Summers in Chitlang are warm and comfortable, though it gets a little windy in the morning.

Monsoon: Compared to Pokhara it rains way less in Chitlang. But do expect some rain in the area when visiting during Monsoon. 

Winter: It is very cold in Chitlang during winters. The temperature ranges from 6 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius throughout the day.

What is the best time to visit Chitlang?

What is the best time to visit Chitlang

Chitlang is a wonderful place to visit in every season, including winter, summer, and spring. During the summer, camp amid the lush greenery of Chitlang, and stay in private homestays during the winter. The flowers blossom throughout the spring months of March and April, providing tourists with a peaceful experience. 

Weekends are busier than usual in Chitlang because it is a favorite weekend getaway location for local tourists. Weekdays are a much better time to visit Chitlang since the locals come to camp, and travelers who want a vacation from the city life come to Chitlang on weekdays.

Chitlang Tour Package

One may find a variety of tour packages in Chitlang that are tailored to the preferences of the traveler. These packages are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are ideal for first-time visitors to the area. 

a) 1 night, 2 days Package: By road

  • Day 1

1.00: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitlang (Bus or Jeep)

04.30: Check in to the Resort. Warm welcome by the representative.

07.00: Good music with Campfire. Overnight at Resort 

08.00: Dinner

  • Day 2

07.30: Breakfast in Resort 

08.30: Local tour (Goat cheese factory, Saat Dhara & Manjgaun.)

11.00: Lunch. After lunch, we drive to Kulekhani.

01.00: Boating in Markhu with a beautiful view 

12.00: Drive back to Kathmandu

b) 1 night, 2 days Package: By road, Cable Car and a Short Hike

  • Day 1

9:30-10:30: Drive to Chandragiri cable car Station.

10:30-11: 30: At the top of Chandragiri. Enjoying the beautiful view of the Langtang, Ganesh, Everest, and many other peaks then we will visit the Bhaleshwor Mahadev temple. We can also see the statue of Prithivi Narayan Shah planning to capture Kathmandu valley with his soldiers.

11:30: We hike downwards to reach Chitlang village. We walk around 3 hrs. Following the steps from Chandragiri. We will reach Chitlang around 2:30

02:30 Check in to the Resort. Warm welcome by the representative.

07.00: Good music with Campfire. Overnight at Resort 

08.00: Dinner

  • Day 2

07.30: Breakfast in Resort 

08.30: Local tour (Goat cheese factory, Saat Dhara & Manjgaun.)

11.00: Lunch. After lunch, we hike to Kulekhani. The trail is simple as its takes around 2 hrs. to reach Kulekhani.

01.00: Boating in Markhu with a beautiful view 

02.00: Drive back to Kathmandu

Chitlang Organic Village Resort

It is Chitlang's first resort, which opened in 2010. Mr. Debendra Nepal, commonly known as the "Father of Chitlang Tourism" for his role in establishing tourism in Chitlang, is the resort's creator. He returned to his birthplace after completing his bachelor's and master's degrees in tourism management and began working to build Chitlang as a model tourism destination. It is now a popular tourist site for both Nepalese and foreign visitors. 

They aim to give guests traditional Nepali cuisine and a natural setting. They have 19 rooms that are environmentally friendly. Members of the team are from a village known for its warm hospitality. Nature may be enjoyed by anyone without sacrificing the sophisticated amenities found in large commercial hotels.

Places to visit in Chitlang

1) Kulekhani Dam

Kulekhani, also known as Indra Sarobar, is a man-made dam in Nepal's Narayani Zone that holds 85,300,000 m3 (69,200-acre ft) of water. It is located in Makwanpur District. The dam was created with the intention of generating energy, but it has also provided natural beauty and a unique setting that has attracted many visitors from throughout the country throughout the year. The view from the top of the Dam side is breathtaking, and the first sight of the Kulekhani Lake grabs our hearts. For Kathmandu and Hetauda people, Kulekhani Lake/Dam is an alternative or a second fewa taal.

2) Markhu 

Markhu is a small village on the northwestern shores of Indrasarovar that also serves as the starting point for one of the greatest hiking trails. Kulekhani Dam is around 30 minutes away by car, while Markhu is about 7 kilometers away. A small community located above the Kulekhani Dam where Newars, Tamangs, Magars, Bahuns, and other castes coexist. Markhu is one of the main attractions of the trip because it is the first proper settlement we can discover following the Kulekhani Dam, as well as a proper hotel and lodge if we need to remain the night. 

Boating is another popular activity in Markhu, with prices starting at Rs150 per person for a half-hour boat ride and increasing as the duration of the ride increases.

Bheda Farm, about 15 minutes from Markhu, is another significant attraction spot here, where a dome-shaped hill meets green grazing land to create a lively beauty.

3) Chitlang Organic Village Resort

Chitlang's first resort, which opened in 2010, is located here. The resort was founded by Mr. Debendra Nepal, often known as the "Father of Chitlang Tourism" for his involvement in establishing tourism in Chitlang. After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in tourism management, he returned to his birthplace and began working to establish Chitlang as a model tourism destination. It is now a renowned tourist destination for Nepalese and foreign visitors alike. 

They intend to provide guests with authentic Nepali food in a natural setting. They have 19 environmentally friendly rooms. The team members are from a village noted for its great hospitality. Anyone can appreciate nature without foregoing the sophisticated amenities available in huge commercial hotels.

They capture the essence of the place and it is recommended to at least spend a night at the place to have a full-blown experience of the place.

4) Ashoka Chaitya 

The stupa, which preserves this trip's backdrop by the great Indian Emperor Ashoka, is said to be related to the creation of Chitlang VDC. According to folklore, the name 'Chitlang' was taken from the Newari 'Chaitya Lhown,' which means 'Chaitya' — formed of stone. 

Emperor Ashoka built the Ashoka Chaita, which is within a few minutes walk from the main road, during his visit to Nepal during the Kirant period. While traveling from Tibet to India, King Ashoka created the Ashok Chaitya monument to commemorate his visit to Chitlang.  

5) Saatdhara 

According to folklore, this is the location of the gods and goddesses - Ganesh, Shiva, Krishna, and Saraswati – and therefore the title 'Saatdhara' is derived from the seven stone taps adjacent to the gods. The location is surrounded by a lovely botanical forest, which is laid out like a natural garden with primarily Katush trees. Every year on the day of Basanta Panchami, the locals enjoy a colorful celebration at Saatdhara, worshiping and paying homage to the goddess Saraswati. And the Satdhara retains its allure amid the forest, which echoes with festival celebrations.

6) Goat Cheese Factory 

Nepal's first goat cheese factory, open to guests for tours and information. Mr. Ashok Kumar Thakuri, the cheese farm's creator, tells of his experience learning this trade in France about 20 years ago, where he knew neither the language nor the people. 

The goat cheese industry is powered by goat milk. It is Nepal's most well-known and important cheese plant. This is the most well-known industry in Chitlang. This industry also makes money through Chitlang. The majority of cheese is manufactured in this industry and sold throughout Nepal.

7) Shivalaya 

It is a historic brick edifice with beautiful wood carving that is located in the village's Ward No. 2. The building's décor displays Nepal's high art, artistry, and craftsmanship legacy. The main features are the ornamental artistic pillar, tunal arts, and architectural style. As valuable cultural tourism resources, the deteriorating state of architecture requires urgent rehabilitation and maintenance on a regular basis. This mythical edifice is located in the far northern part of Chitlang, along the path to Bhimphedi, the historic strategic point of the journey to and from Kathmandu while in the past. It is a Shiva-related ancient temple with three gajuras.

8) Single Tree Hill

There's also a one-tree hill nearby where you may relax. The water from the river for irrigation, the valley delivers a greater volume of vegetables to Kathmandu in the form of cabbage, radishes, and many other vegetables.

9) Bhairav Temple

Bhairav Temple is a well-known temple dedicated to Lord Bhairav- who is the fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva and is worshipped for courage and happiness- which is only a 10-minute walk from Narayanhiti, Chitlang. This temple, which is located alongside a clear flowing stream, attracts tourists mostly during festivals such as Dashain and various Chitlang Jatras and celebrations.

10) Chandra Sumsher’s Building

Chandra Sumsher Rana is well known for abolishing ‘Sati Pratha’ from Nepal. There is an old Building of Chandra Sumsher Rana which has become a tourist attraction in the village.

Hotels in Chitlang

There don't appear to be many hotels on internet hotel applications right now. However, there are numerous signs throughout town.

1) Chitlang Resort Pvt.

This is an upscale establishment in town. It is owned by the same individuals as Chitlang Organic Resort, but it is a little more upscale. The rooms are lovely and large. They have private bathrooms with running water. A luxury room costs $20 USD per pair.

2) Goat Cheese Homestay

The proprietor learned how to make goat cheese in France and was the first to transfer this technique to Nepal. You can take a tour of the plant or learn how to make cheese there. It's quite comfortable. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in the $15 USD per person price.

3) Chitlang Organic Village Resort 

This location is ideal for low-cost lodging and camping. The lunch here is fantastic. They have a lovely set up with many magnificent trees on the property. In fact, if you search for Chitlang, the majority of the images are of this single hotel. They have made their walkways and retaining walls out of recycled bottles. A room costs $15 USD per pair (camping is cheaper).