Pharping and Cave of Guru Padmasambhava Rinpoche

Trip Facts
Trip Type: Pilgrimage and Nature
Famous For: Asura Cave of Padmasambhava, Shesh Narayan Temple, Vajra Yogini Temple, Statue of Padmasambhava and Nature
Max Altitude : 2,285 m/7,497 ft
Maximum Point: Champadevi Hill
Duration : Full Day
Transportation : Private Vehicle
Group Size : Above 1 Pax
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Pharping, an ancient Newari town 19 km south of Kathmandu is believed to be established before 5th century where Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava mediated and got Enlightenment at Asura Cave. It is a sacred Buddhist pilgrim and has been auspicious for mediation and believed to be attained enlightenment quickly than in any other places.

Shesh Narayan Temple, a Vishnu Temple near Asura Cave is one of the Four Narayanas of Kathmandu valley. Built in 17th Century on rocky cliff, this sacred Hindu pilgrimage site has been worshiped by Hindu devotees for very long.

Pharping Village is a perfect blend of Hindu, Buddhist people and nature. Dakshinkali Temple is just few minutes further and is a sacred Hindu temple of Goddess, Kali. Champadevi Hill is a famous hill in Kathmandu and is a perfect destination for hiking which has mountain views of Langtang Range, Gaurishankar and Dorje Lakpa. There are many famous sites including Vajra Yogini Newari Temple, Gorakhnath Cave, Rigzu Phodrang Gompa, Sakya Tharig Gompa and world’s tallest Statue of Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava. 

How to get to Pharping and Asura Cave?
Pharping is around 1 hour drive from Kathmandu on the south on the beautiful settings. It is on the way to Dakshinkali Temple. We drive through Chovar and Taudaha. Taudaha is a small lake where it is believed after Manjushree drained water of Kathmandu valley by cutting a gorge in Chovar, all the Naga snakes (Serpents) of Kathmandu Lake including Karkotak, King of Nagas since then staying in this Lake. You can combine Pharping, Chovar, Taudaha and Dakshinkali Temple in a full day tour.

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  • NTB
  • NMA
  • Pata