Top 4 Cable Car Destinations in Nepal

Top 4 Cable Car Destinations in Nepal

There's no doubt that Nepal is the most beautiful country when it comes to topography and nature. Blessed with the best topographical features, Nepal offers a wide range of adventurous activities to its visitors like hiking, trekking, paragliding, and cycling to now the new talk of the town, the gondola ride/cable cars built in the different corners of the country.

 

Over the years, the craze for cable car rides has tremendously increased in Nepal. Cable rides are believed to be the fastest, safest, and most exciting way to enjoy the panorama of hills, Himalayas, and city all in one ride. First introduced in Nepal in 1998, the cable car gained popularity among the tourists and locals in a short time.

 

Today, there are four cable car destinations in Nepal that you must visit during your trip Nepal to enjoy the views from the top.

 

Popular Cable Car Destinations in Nepal:

 

1) Manakamana Cable Car Tour:

 

Major Attractions:

✔ Hindu shrine Manakamana located on the hilltop
✔ Majestic sights of Annapurna, Lamjung, and Baudha Himal
✔ Local shops selling unique souvenirs
✔ Remarkable sights of Trishuli river and hills from the cable car

 

Manakamana Cable Cat Tour

 

Manakamana Cable Car is the 1st established cable car service in Nepal. The establishment of the cable car in the year 1998 turned the exhausting 3-4 hours climb to the hilltop into a comfortable 10 minutes trip for the pilgrims visiting the Hindu shrine Manakamana Temple.

Located in the Gorkha district, Manakamana Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati. Every day thousands of devotees visit Manakamana temple hoping that the Goddess Bhagwati will grant their wishes. Although people visit the site throughout the year, an exceptional crowd can be seen during Dashain (Sep-Oct) and Nag Panchami (July-Aug).

The Manakamana Cable car ride is available from Kurintar, 5 km east of Mugling. The cable car ride operates from 9 am to 5 pm and covers a distance of 2.8km in just 10 minutes. Each cable car in Manakamana can carry six people at a time. Apart from the Hindu shrine, another attraction of the Manakamana tour is the majestic sights of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, and Baudha Himal. Around the Manakamana temple, one can find shops selling unique handicrafts and souvenirs that are too cute to handle.

Although the Manakamana cable car ride is popular among visitors, you can also opt for hiking to the temple. The hiking route to Manakamana temple passes through the local village, orange fields, forests, and terraced fields.

 

Ticket Price till date 23rd May, 2022:

 

Nationality  Nepalese  Foreigners
Price one way  NRs. 395  USD 11
Round Trip  NRs. 675 USD 20

 

 

 

2) Chandragiri Cable Car Tour:

 

Major Attractions:


✔ Enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas and city from the top of the hill
✔ Enjoy the exciting cable ride above the lush woodlands of the region
✔ Tourist standard restaurants and gift stores
✔ Park for children

 

Chandragiri Cable Car Tour

 

Established in 2016, the Chandragiri cable car runs from Thankot to Chandragiri hills. The Chandragiri hill carries historical and religious importance to the Nepalese, as it is believed that the Chandragiri hill is the site where King Prithvi Narayan shah decided to make Kathmandu the capital of a unified Nepal. And religiously, it is also believed that the forehead of Sati Devi, the first consort of Lord Shiva, fell on the site while he carried her dead body in rage.

 

The Thankot to Chandragiri Cable car ride covers 2.5km in just 9 minutes. Visitors can enjoy the cable car ride in whatever season they want. But the month of September to February is considered to be the perfect time as one can enjoy the sights of Everest, Langtang, and Manaslu.

 

The major attraction of the Chandragiri hill for the Hindus is the Bhaleshwor temple located on the hilltop. The temple is built on the site where the forehead of Sati Devi fell off. Every day hundreds of devotees visit the site to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva and enjoy quality time admiring nature.

 

Ticket Price till date 23rd May, 2022:

 

Nationality Nepalese Foreigners
Price one way NRs. 415 USD 13
Round Trip NRs. 700 USD 22

 

Book your trip now: Chandragiri Cable Car 1 Day Package

 

 

3) Kalinchowk Cable Car Tour:

 

Major Attractions:

 

✔ Hindu pilgrimage site, Kalinchowk Bhagwati elevating at an altitude of 3755m
✔ Outstanding sights of mountains
✔ Overnight stay in the Kuri village
✔ Gondola that fits Ten people at a time

 

Kalinchowk Cable Car Tour

 

Kalinchowk cable car is the third cable car in Nepal, located in the Kalinchowk VDC of Dolakha district. The cable car was launched in 2018 and is operated from Kuri village to Kalinchowk temple.

 

Every year in the month from December to February, many people visit the site to enjoy snowfall and to offer their prayers to Bhagwati, a Hindu goddess known to fulfill pilgrims' prayers and desires. Before the establishment of the cable car in the area, visitors/pilgrims would hike 1-2 hours to reach the temple. However, now it's just a 5-minute ride from Kuri village. From the highest altitude of Kalinchowk Bhagwati temple (3755 meters), you can enjoy the panorama of Annapurna, Lamjung, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shisha Panga, Langtang, Dorjee Lakpa, Jugal Himal, Amabamori, Gauri Shanker, and Namburi Himal. Besides the Himalayas, you can also see two natural springs called Sundhara and Tama, the source of two rivers, the Sunkoshi and Tama Koshi Rivers.

 

Ticket Price till date 23rd May, 2022L:

 

Nationality Nepalese Foreigners
Round Trip NRs. 500 USD 10

 

 

 

4) Pokhara Sarangkot Annapurna Cable Car Tour:

 

Major Attractions:

✔ Hassle-free ride to Sarangkot hill
✔ Enjoy the sights of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Macchapuchre, and Himchuli from the hill
✔ Magical sunrise view

 

Pokhara Cable Car Tour

 

The Pokhara Sarangkot Annapurna Cable car is the fourth cable car project in Nepal, connecting Seti Bagar to Sarangkot in just 10 minutes covering an area of 2.16km. Pokhara is renowned among national and international tourists for its impeccable beauty. The city provides dozens of recreational activities alongside gorgeous sites of the Himalayas, lakes, and sunrise views.

 

After the inauguration of the Annapurna cable car, visitors can now easily reach Sarangkot hill to enjoy the sunrise, sights of the city, lakes, Himalayas, and the Shiva statue in Pumdikot. The drive from Phewa Lake to Sarangkot took around 35-45 minutes before the establishment of the cable car, meaning anyone keen on witnessing the sunrise view would have to wake 2-3 hours early to reach the viewpoint to enjoy the magical sights.

 

Ticket Price till date 23rd May, 2022:

 

Nationality Nepalese Foreigners
Round Trip NRs. 700 USD 9

 

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Nepal might be renowned as a home to Everest, but in fact Nepal is more than that. Nepal is about jungle walks, magical sunrise/sunset views, boating in the pristine lake, and cable car ride that allow visitors to picture Nepal differently. So, on your next trip to Nepal, don't forget to get yourself a ticket to enjoy the most breathtaking cable car rides passing over the lush woodlands and rivers of Nepal.

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