Gokarna Forest Resort

Gokarna Forest Resort - Forest Walk

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A Sanctuary from within Kathmandu

A truly beautiful property that has clean well-appointed rooms which are large and spacious. One can truly appreciate the way the royalty lived when moving through this resort. The central courtyard, adjoining golf course and the various jungle hikes and nature walks one can do are added attractions. The food is good and so is the service. Worth a repeat visit. The slightly higher price is well worth the difference the resort affords to ones stay.

Muthir
Banting, Malaysia

Our Forest Walks is another unique activity you should not miss when you are at the Gokarna Forest Resort. The resort provides you a local guide who will show you historical places, temples and interesting spots as you explore this protected forest. Hiking trips are usually 3-4 hour walks through natural hills and forest areas where occasionally you will pass local villages and historical temples. The ambiance within the canopy of old forest growth affords a glimpse of carefree wild life (especially deer, monkeys, pangolins and maybe even a leopard) and the fresh clean mountain air energizes and refreshes you, leaving your soul peacefully satiated. If you want to explore and go beyond Gokarna, arrangements can also be made. 

Typical Gokarna Forest trail walks are within the pristine 740 acre Reserve Forest. This is the last preserved natural forest (the wall was built around the forest in 1862 AD) of Kathmandu valley representing what existed over 500 years ago, with trees up to 200 years old. 

On your walk, you may pass some holy sites of worship such as the Bandevi, Siddhashram Cave, Kanti Bhairav temple, Padamamukteshwor temple, Pingala Yogini, Saptarshi Tirtha, Bhimsen/Saraswati temple, Taleju Bhawani temple and another Kanti Bhairav temple at an old Gokarna village and the reputed Gokarneshwor Mahadev temple. Gokarna is also a sacred place for the Kathmandu valley and where our forefathers worshiped. A walk through this bastion of primitive innocence is a powerful and revitalising experience.

Trail Walks:

There are four set guided Gokarna Forest Trail Walk routes:

1. Time: 1 hour approx. 

USD 10 per person  

Route: Starting from Nag Isthan, you climb into the forest from behind the 9th tee and follow a wandering route through canopied hilltops, passing the Bandevi shrine on your way. From here you have a choice. One is ending up at the 14th tee, descending some old steps that were used by the elephants to get up and down the hill and walk back through the golf course to the clubhouse. The other route takes you to behind the 7th tee and walk back through the golf course to Nag Isthan.

Time: 2 hours approx. 

USD 15 per person  

Route: Starting from the golf clubhouse, you climb into the forest from behind the 9th tee and follow a wandering route through canopied hilltops, passing the Bandevi shrine on your way. From here you have a choice. One route takes Uttarbahini via Thapa’s clan deity descending steps. The other route takes you to behind the 7th tee, where you can slip out of a small door in the wall to see Siddhashram cave and Panchamukhi Hanuman image and visit the Kanti Bhairav temple and Padmamukteshwor temple on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river (where the Bagmati river flows North from the South and is so known as Uttarbahini), just outside Gokarna Forest and walk back through the golf course to clubhouse.

Time: 3 hours approx. 

USD 20 per person  

Route: Starting from behind the Hunter’s Lodge, you descend to the 2nd green and you walk towards the 9th tee. From here you have a choice. One route takes you to the historical Gokarna village (you will see temples like Taleju Bhawani and Kanti Bhairav etc) via Bandevi climbing into the forest from behind the 9th tee and follows a wandering route through canopied hilltops, passing the Bandevi shrine on your way. Descending from the village via Bhimsen/Saraswati temple to Saptarshi Tirtha, Pingala Yogini and Uttarbahini you can see Kanti Bhairav and Padmamukteshwor temple on the way, on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. You can slip in of a small door in the wall, Just inside Gokarna Forest, can see Siddhashram cave and Panchamukhi Hanuman sculpture and walk back through the golf course to the Clubhouse or Hunter’s Lodge as per your choice.

The other route takes you towards the Uttarbahini via the golf course from the 9th tee. The walk takes you past Pingala Yogini nearby a school, Saptarshi Tirtha, on the banks of the Bagmati river. From Saptarshi Tirtha you climb to old Gokarna village via Bhimsen/Saraswati temple or from the entrance gate of the village. And come back to The Clubhouse or Hunter Lodge via Bandevi to golf course.

Time: 4 hours approx. 

USD 25 per person  

Route: Starting from the Clubhouse you walk towards the 9th tee. From here you have a choice. One route takes you to the historical Gokarna village where you can see temples like Taleju Bhawani and Kanti Bhairav etc via Bandevi climbing into the forest from behind the 9th tee and follows a wandering route through canopied hilltops, passing the Bandevi shrine on your way. Descending from the village via Bhimsen/Saraswati temple you come to the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley, the Gokarneshwor Mahadev temple where you can see many sculptures and other temples like Parbati, Gadadhar Narayan, Shiva Meher Bal Bhakteshwor temple etc, the first gorge of the holy Bagmati river at Gokarna and the combination of three rivers named the holy Bagmati, Suryamati and Chandramati, at the well known Uttar Gaya. Then you come back through Saptarshi Tirtha, Pingala Yogini and Uttarbahinis, where you can see Kanti Bhairav and Padmamukteshwor temples on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Just inside Gokarna Forest, you can see Siddhashram cave and Panchamukhi Hanuman sculpture and walk back through the golf course to the Clubhouse or Hunter’s Lodge as your wish.

The other route takes you towards the Uttarbahini via the 9th tee. The walk takes you to Pingala Yogini nearby a school, Saptarshi Tirtha, on the banks of the Bagmati river. Climb from Saptarshi Tirtha to Gokarneshwor Mahadev temple and come back to the old Gokarna village via Bhimsen/Saraswati temple or from the entrance gate of the village. Return to The Clubhouse or Hunter’s Lodge via Bandevi.

Guide and Safety: 

For your own safety you must take a guide with you on your walk and follows his instructions. The fee depends on the package you choose.

For an early morning start, it advised that you reserve the evening before, however often a guide can be arranged at short notice. Walkers must never disturb and always give way to golfers.

Please pay the fee at the Front Desk.

Client's Feedback

A Sanctuary from within Kathmandu

A truly beautiful property that has clean well-appointed rooms which are large and spacious. One can truly appreciate the way the royalty lived when moving through this resort. The central courtyard, adjoining golf course and the various jungle hikes and nature walks one can do are added attractions. The food is good and so is the service. Worth a repeat visit. The slightly higher price is well worth the difference the resort affords to ones stay.

Muthir
Banting, Malaysia