Tourists come to Nepal to see the Himalayas and there’s no better way to view the mountain ranges than from the village of Daman. This local village is found in the district of Makwanpur in the central area of Nepal, halfway between Hetauda and Kathmandu, about 100 kilometers from the capital city of Nepal. Daman is 2,320 meters above sea level.
On a clear day, Mount Everest and Dhaulagiri are visible from the Tribhuvan Highway, which is where the village is found. The Tribhuvan Highway is one of the most adventurous highways in the country, as it is also here where the Himalayas is best viewed. Only in Daman can tourists get an unimpeded view of the entire mountain ranges; a view that is about 400 kilometers wide! The best Nature photos of the Himalayas were no doubt taken from here.
Local and foreign tourists love coming to Daman. Since it is located at the outskirts of Kathmandu, it is not far from the modern comforts of the big city, yet far enough to enjoy the lushness of Nepal’s natural treasures. This is a favorite spot among families living in Kathmandu for sightseeing and recreational activities. In winter, snow falls on the village and the surrounding hills making the area much more scenic than it already is. And the view of the snow-capped mountains becomes more stunning. In the spring, the main attractions are the rhododendron forests. Other activities in Daman are rock climbing, mountain biking, pony riding, hiking and just sitting down while taking in the majestic beauty of Mother Nature at its best. Biking is best enjoyed going downhill to the village of Palung. Tourists do not need to bring their bicycles along since there are bicycles for hire in the village. There is a number of trails around the village, and while trekking or biking on them, tourists get the opportunity to meet the local villagers and make friends. The locals are very accommodating and are used to seeing tourists around. Also nearby is an ancient Tibetan monastery, about 30 minutes away on foot.
The village has a viewing tower and a telescope. Near the viewing tower is the Daman Mountain Resort where tourists may spend the night in tents. Three kilometers higher is the famous Everest Panorama Resort that is equipped with a helipad. Both of these resorts are very expensive. Hotel Sherpa is a bit less expensive and with friendlier staff. For tourists who do not want to spend the night, Daman is just three hours away by car from Kathmandu and about four hours away from Hetauda.
Visiting the village makes a lovely day trip. For those who do not have a car, the Sajha Yatayat public bus departs for Daman from Kathmandu at 7:00 a.m. every day. Nepali buses, however, are known to be the slowest bus lines in South Asia. There are also shared 4WD jeeps making this route. For the really adventurous tourists, biking all the way to this scenic village is possible, but the path is a bit difficult and at times risky. This last option is only for the experienced biker.