Kathmandu Valley

kathmandu-valley10 Days Itinerary of Buddhist Power Places of Kathmandu Valley
Trip itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to Hotel. Check in at your hotel . Refreshments along with briefing about tours. Rest of the time free. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 :
Full Day Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa and other power places : 


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Tudikhel Mahakala: In Tudikhel there is a particularly sacred, naturally formed stone image of Mahakala.

 

Maru Satal: This temple was constructed out of a singletree trunk. Inside is an image in the likeness of Guru Gorakhnath, and four images of Ganapati. This is the place where Master Padmasamvaba is said to have meditated and hid precious religious books (Terma).

Palace of Goddess Kumari: The Dakini's Palace or Kumari Bahal: To the north of the Hanuman Dhoka palace resides a virgin young girl who is a living Dakini.

Kala Bhairab: Kala Bhairab is located in front of Hanuman Dhoka. Behind this image within a lattice screen of red wood which is part of the palace wall, {and which is built upon} a long straight stone, is a likeness of Mahakala's face fashioned by the hand of the Lord Karmapa.
 

Jana Bahal : White Machendranath (The white Lord of Jambudvipa): Jana Bahal: this image of Avalokitesvara, the lord of compassion, arose from Buddha fields and is blessed with the power of speech. It is also referred to as white Machindharanath

The Itum Bahal Talking Tara:
This temple is located in Itum Bahal. She is said to have flown there from Tibet and is called the Talking Tara.

2The Makhantole Stone Arrow:
In the middle of the town of Kathmandu there is a stone arrow thrown from the top of the Vindhya Mountain by Lord  Buddha that has remained there until this day.

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Santipur:
  In this temple Manjughosa's emanation, the Dharmaraja of Nepal, met Vajrasattva's emanation, the Acarya Santikar, who had obtained the Body of Immortality.


9Manjusri Hill: The relics of Manjughosa and his two consorts, are enshrined in a magnificent stupa here.

Bipaswi’s Stupa Observe where the Bipaswi, the first among the Seven Buddhas, had his throne - today a stupa has been erected. In the new monastery in front of this stupa you can see an image of Munindra, the principal image.

Kasyapa’s Stupa The reliquary-stupa of the Perfected Buddha Kasyapa near Sarasvasti Sthan.





19Bijeswori On the banks of the river (Bisnumati) just below Swayambhu is the shrine of a group of four Yoginis who spontaneously arose from Pure land.
Kimdole Vihar: Ancient Monastery 

Drive to Thamel Bahal, Vikramasila Mahavihara. The Prajnaparamita in One Hundred Thousand Slokas lies in Thamel Bahala. This sacred manuscript written in gold is said to have been brought by Arya Nagarjuna from the Naga Realm.

Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

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Day 02: AM: Sightseeing tour Sankhu Vajrayogini.
Observe the extraordinary, sublime image of Vajrayogini and an eternal flame which gives extraordinarily powerful blessing. The nearby Sankhu caves are considered a blessed place of the Eighty-four Siddhas.
Lunch in fine restaurant at Boudhanath.
PM: Half Day Sightseeing tour of Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple.

Budhanath Stupa: The word stupa refers to mound, a monument. Chaitayas refer to any sacred shrine, temple, sacred object, symbol or place. Stupas have been familiar in India since pre-Buddhist times. They were used as funerary mounds for the burial of important persons. Bodhanath is the largest, its diameter is three hundred feet, and its height around 100 feet from ground The Tibetans call the Boudhnath Stupa simply Chorten, The Stupa, or Chorten Chempo, the Great Stupa.

8Chabahil Stupa: This stupa was constructed from the gloriously consecrated earth and stone remnants of the Boudha Stupa. The Newar tradition asserts that the Mauryan Emperor Asoka’s daughter, Carumati, who stayed behind to marry a local prince Devapala when Asoka visited the Valley in the 3rd century B.C, built it. Today the Stupa is known as Bhagawan Than. To the west of the stupa is the Carumati Vihara of which Dipankara Buddha is the kwapa-deo(main deity).

Pashupatinath: One of the Twenty Four Great Power Places of the northern spoke of the Wheel of Buddha’s Body (sKu'i dkyil-`khor) called Grihadebata (Grhadeva), or, as it is more widely known from the Sri Hevajra-maharajatantra, Naipala. The Pasupatiswara lingam, which is raised as a symbol for worship of Lord Mahadeva, is protector of Nepal. It is Nepal’s greatest Hindu Temple and a World Heritage site.

Arya Ghat: At this spot, Manjushree cut a third gorge. Later it became known as Tilopa and Naropa's Cave. Two hundred yards up river from Pasupatinath, on Surje Ghat (Surya Ghat) is the two siddhas' caves, amongst others, carved out of the rock.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03:
Full day Sightseeing tour of  Dhakini Kali, Pharping, Taudaha, Asura cave, Chobar gorge and Adhinath

Chobar gorge : Considered to be the gorge cut by Manjushree. On the west side of the gorge are several meditation caves. An enclosed overhang forms a kuti where Gorakhnath himself is reputed to have mediated. Bharo Bajracharya and Rawa Lotsawa also are said to have meditated in one of these caves. This is the meditation cave of deity Ymantaka.

AdiGanesh
is the place where Manjughosa caused the water {of the original lake which is now Kathmandu} to drain away.

18Dhaksinkali: Kamdhateswori.

Pharping Bajra Jogini Pham:thing rDo-rje rNal-`byor-ma: Pharping Bajra Jogini: this image of Vajra Yogini is the embodiment of pure awareness (Jnana, Ye-shes), and is considered to be a speaking Yogini. She is an image of the heart-vision of Pham-thing-pa and others.


5Asura Cave Asura-yi- brag-phug: Gorshanatha Gupha (Gorakhnath's Cave): is considered to be the meditation cave of Yanglesho, Do-rje Phur-ba (Vajrakilay) destroyed obstacles and obstructing spirits . Guru Padmasambhava is said to have gained mahamudra-siddhi there. This place possesses the blessings of supreme Buddha speech.

Lake Taudah: When Kathmandu Valley, then a big lake, was drained, the remaining water settled in this lake. Pal-rgyal (King Pala) set out for the Naga realm from here. Lake Taudaha (Great Lake) is the residence of the Nagaraj Karkotaka. It is one mile south of the Chobar gorge on a broad terrace above the river level. The local belief is that the wealth of Karkotaka and his Nagas lies concealed within the lake, which is of great depth.


20Adhinath Lokeshwor: On the top of the Chovar is the Adhinath Lokeshwor temple, one of 4 Lokeswors of Kathmandu.
Overnight and dinner in hotel.






22Day 04: Excursion to Rikiswor and back to hotel for lunch. Rikiswor is the place where Guru Rimpoche (Padmasamvaba) also meditated during his stay in Nepal.

Drive back to Kathmandu -  about 3 to 4 hours. Overnight hotel.

Day 05: Milarepa cave: (Nyishang Kurti) Manjushree is said to have visited this place when he came from China.

It is known as Bagishwari Saraswati Sthan (Manjushree cave). The place where the venerable Milarepa meditated.




11Drive to Cangu Narayan(the Self-Manifest Garuda).

ChanguNarayan:
The famous temple of Harihara vahana Lokeswora, located south of Bhaktapur city is existing oldest Pagoda temple of Nepal. The Garuda is generally believed to have grown out of Arya Nagarjuna's rosary. It is highly praised for the relief of Naga-related diseases.


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Bhaktapur Dipankara:Bhaktapur Talking Tara.
The talking Tara had told the King of Bhaktapur to invite the venerable Milarepa to the city.

16Bhaktapur Lokeswara The principal Bhaktapur Lokeswara is Laska Deo, otherwise known as Annapurna Lokeswara, who is to be found in the Temple of Itachen tole. There is also an image of Padmapani Avalokitesvara.
Bhaktapur Sakyamuni Shakya thub mgon: Bhagawan: this image is to be found in the Sakyamuni Vihara in Bhaktapur.

Day 06:  AM: Drive to Namo Buddha: This is the spot where Buddha in his previous life offered his flesh to a dying Tigress and her cubs.

12 PM: Sightseeing tour Chandeswori or Candika - a form of Durga or Gauri, the Consort of Lord Siva; she is one of the astamatrka and the navadurga who destroyed her demonic offspring, the Asuras, and particularly the buffalo demon, Mahisasura. As the slayer of the buffalo demon she is called Mahisasuramardini. This temple is located a mile north east of Banepa



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Nala Karunamaya is one of the four Lokeshwors on the way back to Kathmandu.

Day 07: Sightseeing tour to Patan city and Bungmati
Guided tour of Patan  Durbar Suare and Mahaboudha Patan - Known as the thousand Buddhas of Patan, Mahabuddha is an attractive stupa made of stone and mud.

Golden Temple of Patan The Vihara of Sakyamuni Buddha is known as Hiranyavarna Mahavihara or Golden temple.
Minnath and Macchendranath of Patan

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Lunch at Patan restaurant.

PM: Bungmati is a famous Newari village known for the famous temple of  red Macchendranath. Padmapani lokeswor, the image of the  Macchendranath resides for 6 months at this temple.

Day 08: AM: Drive to Nargarjuna Hill: Located north-west of Kathmandu, it takes 15 minutes by car , than 2 and half hours walk up to the Nagarjuna hill, which is also called Jamacho Peak (6,300 ft.) The mountain is called Nagarjuna hill because Nagarjuna's cave-residence is found there, where he is said to have meditated. Besides Nagarjuna cave there are some other caves and Stupas in this area.
On the way back visit Maipi Ajima - which is power place of Yogambar deity.

Day 09:
Visit Bagdwar - the source of the Bagmati River
Visit Mani cuda where Buddha in his previous life is said to have given his crest jewel away to benefit others
Visit Budhanilkantha

Day 10:
Breakfast at hotel. Checkout.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport board onward journey flight.
Disclaimer: The above itinerary is subject to change depending upon the local circumstance.

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