Charikot: Ancient and charming

10, Sep 2020 |

Charikot is the oldest Newari town in the district and believed by many as the place of origin of the Newars and Newari culture



Charikot is a small municipality located in north-eastern Nepal in Dolakha district. It also goes by the name of Bhimeshwar and is the headquarters of the district.


Situated at an altitude of 1,554 meters above the sea level the place offers visitor’s historical, natural and cultural attractions. Charikot is the oldest Newari town in the district. It is believed that Charikot is the place of origin of Newars and Newari culture.

The surroundings offer a variety of village hikes and treks. It is the home of ancient civilization and was the first place to introduce silver coins in Nepal.


Highlights of Charikot

Dolkha Bhimeshwar is one of the oldest temples in the town having significant religious importance among devotees.

dolakha bhimsen

Kotihom is a religious place in the town where locals perform "holm" every 12 years without sacrificing any living creatures for the peace and prosperity of the country.

Pashupati, Gumba, Mahangkal are among the other religious sitesto visit in the town.

Rafting on the SunKoshi River and TamaKoshi River.

Fishing in nearby hot spots like Dolalghat and Khadi Chaur.


Panoramic view of mountain peaks like GauriShankar, Yalung Ri and Tsuoboie.

The famous Charikot to Kalinchowk Bhagwati trek.


Natural abundance of Rhododendron forests and charming landscape and peaceful villages.


Getting there

Located 129.8kms from Kathmandu the village is connected to Kathmandu via the Araniko Highway. Regular buses and private vehicle are available from the capital that goes all the way to Charikot. The ride takes around five to six.



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