Banepa is a busy municipality and historical town in Kathmandu valley situated at about 4,800 ft (1,500 m) above sea level in central Nepal which is at about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east from Kathmandu. It has a population of over 25,000. One of the main attractions of Banepa is the temple of Chandeshwori, located approximately 1 km (0.62 mi) northeast of the town along the Rudramati River. The Dhaneshwor Temple is 1 km south of the town. It is also near the Sanga statue of Shiva (the tallest in the world)and its proximity to the Dhulikel hotels with their wonderful views of mountain ranges. Banepa is also known for its eight different temples of Lord Ganesh, Narayanthan (the temple of Lord Narayan), Bhimshenthan (the temple of Lord Bhimshen) and eight different ponds. It is also a good stopping place if you want to visit ancient Panauti or the villages in the valley of Rabi Opi.