What To See

6 June 2009 - 1:12pm Comments Off

Kathmandu provides many places of interest – both spiritual and cultural – for all visitors to experience and enjoy. These are just some of the highlights one must visit when in Kathmandu:

Boudhanath Stupa

This is the largest and holiest stupa in Nepal, containing the relics of Buddha Shakyamuni himself. The surrounding area is filled with a constant stream of Nepalese, Tibetan and foreign pilgrims, all circumambulating the holy stupa, reciting mantras and turning prayer wheels.

Boudhanath Stupa

Swayambunath Stupa and the Temple of Doors

Standing majestically on a hill west of Kathmandu is the Swayambunath Stupa, the second largest stupa in Nepal. Just a short walk away is the Temple of Doors, which is the entrace to an underground labyrinth which links the entire Kathmandu Valley. These underground caverns are only open to the public once every seven years and are believed to be the home of the 16 arhats who will emerge again at the time of Maitreya Buddha.

Swayambunath Stupa

The Vajrayogini Temples

A short distance away from Swayambunath Hill lies the Newari-style Vajrayogini chapel of Vijaswari, fascinating for the four different sacred forms of Vajrayogini contained within. Other notable Vajrayogini chapels can be found in Parphing, Sangku and Patan.

The Vajrayogini Temple at Parphing

Patan Mahaboudha Temple

Built to resemble the holy temple at Bodhgaya, the Mahaboudha Temple in Patanis covered with hundreds of hand-carved Buddha images and is a local pilgrimage place for those unable to make the journey to India. Hidden away close by is a small chapel housing a sacred image of the Flying Vajrayogini.

Mahaboudha Temple

Pashupatinath Caves

The ancient temple complex of Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest sites in the Hindu world and is also the location of the two very sacred meditation caves of mahasiddhas Naropa and Tilopa.

Naropa and Tilopa Caves

Your Guide To Kathmandu

The book Vajrayogini and Other Sacred Power Places in Nepal gives a full explanation about these and other holy sites and their significance. Authored by David Lai and published by Kechara Media & Publications, it is the perfect guide book and companion in your travels around Kathmandu. This book is now available in Kechara Paradise outlets, Kechara Lounge and all Pilgrim’s bookstores.

*Also available in Chinese

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