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    Maratika Cave and Pharping Tour - <span class="font-light">4 days</span>
    • DestinationNepal
    • Durations4 days
    • Trip DifficultyEasy
    • ActivitiesTour
    • AccommodationHotel/Lodge
    • MealsBreakfast
    • VehicleCar/Jeep/Bus
    • Group SizeMin. 1 Pax

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    Trip Overview

    Trip Highlights

    • Maratika cave of eastern Nepal
    • Yarinak cave of Temal Kavre
    • Namobuddha Monastery
    • Asura cave
    • Yangleshö cave

    Welcome to the path of the Vajrayana Buddhist Tour in Nepal. In this tour, you will explore some of the globally-renowned places of Nepal, where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated and enlightened. Maratika cave (Halesi Mahadev), Yarinak of Temal Kavre, and Namobuddha are major highlighting places of this tour. Asura cave and Yangleshö cave have been added to the tour which can offer you a wonderful experience as devotees following Vajrayana.

    According to the written record, the Maratika cave is referred to in the 12th century by Kathang Zanglingma, a biography of Padmasambhava. The cave is one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindu and Buddhist devotees, along with Kirant believers. At Maratika cave, Mandarava and Padmasambhava attained the Vidyadhara of longevity (or long life). The cave is one of the six holiest places in this world, along with Bodhgaya in India, Manjushri’s Five-Peak Mountain, and the Potala Mountain in China. Eighteen Long Life of Tantras has been scribed by Dakinis in the symbolic script in the cave by the gold. From the deep meditation, Buddha Amitayus appeared and blessed Padmasambhava for the state of immortal life, free from birth and death, and then arose as Hayagriva and Vajravarahi.

    It is believed that if you make a pilgrimage trip to the Maratika cave, all your obstacles in every sector of life will be abolished. It is such a powerful blessing that you will get there. After the pilgrimage to the Maratika Cave, drive back to Yarinak Cave, which is located at Temal of Kavre district. It is another powerful place, where Guru Rinpoche took the form of dangerous Dükyi Shechen, Great Demon Slayer, and is regarded this place as a very powerful point. 

    As Namobuddha Monastery is located on the way, it's great to stay overnight there and explore the surroundings. The Asura cave of Pharping is another point, which is highly significant for the Vajrayogini followers. In the two caves of Pharping- Asura Cave and Yangleshö Cave (upper and lower cave), Guru Padmasambhava spent time meditating in winter and summer. With a deep penance, he attained the ultimate realization of Mahamudra. Asura cave in Pharping is widely renowned for the removal of obstacles to awakening.

    More information will be provided by the Lamas in the respective places, except for the guide, especially having a deep knowledge of the Dzogchen practice. If you would like to know more about the tour arrangement, food, accommodation, and transportation, please do not hesitate to contact us via

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    Email: [email protected] 

    Transportation for the Tour

    Private Landcruiser jeep will be provided to you for your comfortable trip. Our main goal is to offer comfortable tours for our guests and we don't want to compromise on it. So, the driver will be experienced and friendly. 

    Food and Accommodation in the Tour

    You will have lunch on the way finding a good place to eat. However, the meal items can be typical Nepali, but trust us, they will be super yummy. You just need to let them know if you want chilly or not. Dinner will be provided at the resort or the monastic guest house. 

    About accommodation, you will be spending two overnights at a luxurious resort near Maratika cave. The resort meets tourist standards. One night accommodation will be at the monastic guest house at the Namobuddha monastery premises. 

    Please, do not hesitate to contact Nepal Kameleon Holidays for the Vajrayana Tour in Nepal, including Maratika Cave and Pharping Asura Cave. The itinerary of this program is flexible and can be extended further to include Vajrayogini temples and more stupas. 

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    WhatsApp: +977 9851159455

    Email: [email protected] 



    • Day 01

      Drive Kathmandu to Maratika cave (Halesi Mahadev). 222 km, 8 hours drive

      Marataika Cave (Halesi Mahadev) is located 222 km away from Kathmandu. It takes about 8 hours to reach there by Toyota Land Cruiser (this is the vehicle we offer). We begin the tour driving through the beautiful highway (B.P. Highway) is is one of the most beautiful road drives in Nepal. There are some nice restaurants to stop on the way while driving for lunch and refreshment coffee. Reaching Halesi (in Khotang district), check in at the resort, refresh and set out to explore the evening prayer and aarti at the cave.  Overnight at the resort.

      Note: It's better to visit Lord Mahadev's statue at Sanga, which is 143 feet in height and was made using copper, zinc, concrete, and steel.

    • Day 02

      Explore around Maratika Cave.

      Having a full day to explore is a true blessing at the Maratika Cave. The entire surroundings look spiritual. This is the home of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), the second Pashupatinath for Hindus and a sacred pilgrimage destination for Kirant devotees. You will meet Lamas there worshipping and reading hymns. You can get various explanations about the cave and its spiritual significance. There are caves and in one part, the sky could be seen from the cave. There is a small hillside, which is taken as a bottle cap of the cave. The prayer flags surround the entire region. Afternoon time will be great to lie down at the resort and relax. Overnight at the resort. 

    • Day 03

      Drive back to Yarinak-Temal-Namobuddha Monastery. 188 km, 7 hours

      Good morning the hilside of the spiritual setting of Maratika cave. Having an early breakfast, drive back on the highway and drive further towards Yarinak cave of Temal, Kavre. It's about 165 km drive back. The Yarinak cave is a powerful point, where Guru Rinpoche took the furious form of Dükyi Shechen, Great Demon Slayer. If you make a trip there, it is believed that all your obstacles are gone. Exploring the surroundings and hearing from the Lama, drive back to the Namobuddha Monastery (Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery). It is located at the hilltop, at a very scenic point. Overnight at the monastic guest house. 

    • Day 04

      Drive back Namobuddha to Pharping and drive back to Kathmandu.

      Exploring the morning prayer and having breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu in 1.5 hours and drive further to Pharping, which is another 40-minute drive. Asura Cave of Pharping is such a powerful point, where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) achieved enlightenment. It is also a point that brings you out from the obstacles. Guru Rinpoche meditated in the Asura cave and Yanglisho Cave (upper and lower) in winter and Summer. 

      If you want further exploration, there is a renowned religious site of the furious goddess- Kali, known as Dakshinkali. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindu people. Then, drive back to the hotel, and take a rest. Overnight at the hotel. 

    If the provided schedule isn't suitable for you, we are able to create personalized travel arrangements according to your preferences and requirements.
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    Cost Details

    Cost Includes

    • Private jeep, driver, and fuel
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • 3 times dinner
    • 3 times breakfast
    • A guide, his salary, accommodation, food 
    • Entrance fees

    Cost Excludes

    • Your personal expenses and travel insurance
    • Alcoholic drinks, and any beverages (alcoholic drinks are not allowed)
    • Lunch
    • Tips for the staffs
    • Things not mentioned above

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    Travellers‘ reviews

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      Mr. Milan Amin

      London, GB

      The Best Tour Guide in Nepal. Look No Further. They are incredible!

      There are not enough words to describe how incredible Bhanu and his team are. I initially contacted Bhanu several months before my trip and throughout the entire process, he guided me. We did a 7-day Vajrayana and Buddhism tour with Bhanu visiting all the sacred sites for Dzogchen Practioners and it was truly unreal. The driver Dhana and Prem were some of the most helpful, caring, funny, kind, and compassionate people who made our entire trip completely seamless. Throughout the trip, we made changes, which they accommodated without any hesitation. They looked out for us, translated for us, bartered for us, made us feel safe, and protected, and ensured they went out of their way to make sure we had the best trip possible. This was a trip of a lifetime, and it honestly would not have been possible without Bhanu and his incredible team. If you're looking for THE BEST TOUR GUIDE COMPANY IN NEPAL - look no further, they will give you the best trip you've ever experienced. 

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      Mrs. Catie Richardson

      San Francisco, US

      Incredible Maratika and Pharping

      Just an incredible tour to describe. I got the service they have promised. I was a solo female traveler, but I wanted to visit these two places- Maratika Cave and Asura Cave. Besides them, I got a chance to see another remarkable site of Yarinak, which I was recommended even by the Lama at Maratika Cave. So wonderful. Highly recommended. 

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      Mr. Paul Schmid

      Neuss, DE

      Did some Buddhist Tour, Great!

      Sorry for my English, but I did a best tour in Nepal in a short time. I wrote Kameleon Tour a month ago to do a tour of some Buddhist sites and Bhanu suggested Maratika Cave and more. I felt very comfortable with his team, the Jeep was a Land Cruiser and the driver was so professional. My family felt very safe. We stayed at Zambala Resort, which is close to the cave. We hadn't expected such a nice accommodation in the mountain, but we got it. Thank you, Bhanu and Dhana, the driver, and Bishnu, the guide. 

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