Gaindakot: Growing in popularity among visitors

10, Sep 2020 |

Gaindakot in Nawalpur district of the Lumbini zone has a lot to offer tourists



Gaindakot is located in Nawalpur district of the Lumbini zone of southern Nepal. Situated on the banks of the Narayani River it is quite a popular destinations for tourists in Nepal especially because of the nearby Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site, home to the one horn rhinoceros, elephants, royal Bengal tigers, crocodiles, deer and many other wild animals.

The place derives its name from the Gainda which is the Nepali word for rhinoceros. They were known to dominate and dwell around these plains.

Gaindakotis growing rapidly and the predominantly spoken languages here include Nepali, Tamang, Chepang, Gurung, Newari, Tharu and Bhojpur.


Highlights of the place

MaulaKalika Temple


Gaindakot is famous for the Maula Kalika temple which is situated at the top of the Maula hill. It is popular for the sunrise view and has religious importance. The attractive view of the Narayani River and the town can be seen from here.

Devchuli Hill

It is the tallest hills in the district and popular with domestic tourist. It is one of the best places for hiking and sightseeing. Sunset and Sunrise over the Narayani River and Kaligandaki River flowing from north, east and south of the city are popular from here.


The Sashwat Dham is popular among visitors for its magnificent architecture and evening light shows.

Enjoy local delicacies like Tass, Momo, Sukuti, Newari food, Tharu Food and much more here.

Visit the nearby Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal.


Getting there

The main artery of the country, the Mahendra Highway runs through Gaindakot. The town is 158.9km from Kathmandu. Direct buses are available from Kathmandu. One can also reach there by flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur and then take the local transportation.



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