At first glance, it would seem like there is nothing special about Daman. You will not find many sophisticated resorts here unlike its neighboring villages. There is not much to see and no fancy restaurants to go to. However, this seemingly ordinary village that lies in the middle of Kathmandu and Hetauda wows visitors with its best kept secret: it gives what is probably the best views of the Himalayas in the entire region.
Located at the center of Nepal and southwest of its capital Kathmandu, this little village lies at an altitude of approximately 2320 meters. It belongs to the Makwanpur District. It is found along the158 kilometer long Tribhuvan Highway, the oldest highway in Nepal. The place is accessible by bus or public four-wheel drive jeeps traveling from Kathmandu to Chitwan or vice versa. There is also a government-run bus that departs from Kathmandu to Daman village at 7 am every day, which has a counterpart trip that departs from the village to Kathmandu at the same time. The village is approximately a three-hour drive from Kathmandu.
Tourists go to Daman for a taste of what the village offers best, which is one of the widest stretches of unobstructed Himalayan panorama. You will be able to see approximately 400 kilometers of the great mountain range. You probably will not see anywhere else in Nepal a better or wider panoramic Himalayan scene, and because of this, a trip to the village makes the effort worthwhile.
In spite of its very unique offering to tourists, however, the village remains to be simple and not as developed as other Nepalese villages. If you want to stay the night, you can arrange for accommodations in a number of establishments providing them in the area. Daman Mountain Resort has semi-permanent tents for rent at Rs 800. These can be set up around the resort’s viewing tower. Visitors pay a small fee to go up the viewing tower, which is equipped with a powerful telescope. Hotel Sherpa has very basic double rooms for rent at Rs 250. You may also go to Everest Panorama Resort, the only hotel in the village, if you want better accommodations. The resort is located about 3 kilometers from the town proper.
Aside from feasting your eyes on the majestic Himalayan mountain range, you can go hiking and rock climbing in Daman. You can also go around the village in a bike and enjoy its challenging terrain. One of the highlights for bikers is the downhill trip going toward Palung Village. Some avid bikers cycle from Kathmandu all the way to Daman, but the trail is quite long and tough.
If you are visiting the village in the spring, you can take a side trip to the area going toward Hetauda where you will see a thick growth of rhododendron plants covering the ground. During spring, the mountainside takes on a colorful appearance as it is clothed with rhododendron flowers in bloom.
One of the best things that you can do in Daman is simply go around the village. The only way to travel within the village is by foot, which gives you an excellent way to really become acquainted with the locals and engage their interesting culture.