Dhulikhel is a village found 30 kilometers to the southeast of Kathmandu at 1,550 meters above sea level. It is the administrative hub of the district of Kavrepalanchok. In the past, it used to be an important center of commerce because it runs along Arniko Highway, the road that connects Nepal and Tibet. Today, travelers take a stop in this village on their way to cross the border of Tibet.
The village used to be a Newari settlement, and now its residents are comprised of Newars, Chhettri, Dalit, Bhramin, and Tamang. The Newars, who were residents of the old Newar Kingdom now known as Kathmandu, were famous for their craftsmanship. The influence of their artistry can be seen in the architecture and design of many houses, temples, and other structures in the village, particularly in the main square. [Read more…]