Hill Corner Resort - INTRODUCTION
Hill Corner Resort, a finest tourist resort in an ancient town of Dhulikhel a 30 km drive from Kathmandu on the Arniko Highway, the road that leads to the mysterious land-Tibet. Situated at an altitude of 1,525 meters above the sea level with the panoramic views of the Himalayas from Langtang to Mt. Karyolung to the east,it is itself an example of destination where chipping birds and sweet laughter of village bele welcomes you. it is a place to rest and relax surrounded by forest and terraced fields with changing colors overlooking magnificent view of the valley below and the mountains ahead.
Dhulikhel has for many centuries been an important trading center on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Since time immemorial, people of Nepa traveled to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. Still people talk gold mines at Lhasha, the capital of then Tibet. Likewise, the Tibetans every year with their flocks of sheep entered Nepal during Dashain, the greatest Hindu festival.
They purchased chilies and other daily necessities in Nepal and returned to their homeland. The opening of the Araniko Highway, built with the grant assistance of the government of China in 1965 changed the life of Dhulikhel dramatically. First, the town became accessible to foreign tourists. Second, the people of Dhulikhel now found it easy to travel daily by bus, car and motorbike to Banepa and Kathmandu for shopping, education and employment. Recently, though the town has transformed itself into a tourists' paradise with an array of all modern amenities. 'Dhulikhel' is well noted for its rich cultural antiquities. The local legend has it that the place derived its name from Newari word 'Dhunkyo': 'Dhun means 'Tiger' and 'Khyo' means 'Playing Area',. - thus implying an ancient forest, where tigers used to play. Naturally enough till today, Dhulikhel remains a unique repository of Newar civilization - replete with numerous art and architectural monuments with a distinct local identity.
In the center of the old town is the Narayan Temple with its yellow metal roofs. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna, whose birthday is joyfully celebrated here in August. Alongside is the Harisiddhi Temple whose god responds to the worshiper problem and sees their good and wrong doings. Both the temple are adorned with pofuse woodcarving and fronted by two Garudas in quite different attitude. Bhagwati Temple situated at the top of the western part of the town is considered as one of the best place to see around Dhulikhel and also to enjoy the best mountain views.
The Gaukhureshor Mahadev Temple is about 20 minutes walk to the east of the town near Tundikhel Recreational Park and is located in a peaceful and quite environment. It is probably the most scenic religious center, beside a small river surrounded by trees.
Further up hill, one reaches, within half an hour trek, the Bhagwati (Kali) Temple. This is a beautiful pagoda that one can see on the skyline as one drives into Dhulikhel.
While going to Bhagwati (Kali) Temple, again about 100 m form the Tundikhel Recreational Park lies Buddha Vihar, a Buddhist Monastery and lush green 'Dipendra Greenway Park', where cool breeze whispers an ambience of eternal peace and tranquility.
About 9Kms from Dhulikhel on the way to Palanchowk Bhagwati lies a holy temple of Sankat Mochat Hanuman, the monkey god, which represents symbol of courage and strength practiced through true celibacy. There are other numerous temples and few Buddhist Stupas in the town.
People celebrate different festivals either they are form Hindu community or Buddhist community. The major festivals are Dashain, Tihar, Nava Durha Jatra, Maagh Sakranti, Bisket Jatra, Hile Jatra (Ghintamuni Jatra), Gai Jatra, Lakhe Dance, Krishna Astami Jatra, Hari Siddhi Trishakti Jatra, Bhagwati.