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1 Days

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Nepal

Country

Day Hiking

Activities

16 +

Age

Dec-Mar

Dates

Day Hike to Nagarjuna / Jamacho Peak

A day hike to Nagarjuna is the best opportunity go get out of the city and experience the nature of Kathmandu Valley. After around 2 hours of walking up the Nagarjuna hill, we reach the famous Jamacho Peak. From here you can enjoy great views, explore the Jamacho Gompa and take a rest. Besides the Nagarjuna cave, you will see some other caves of Buddha and Mahasiddhas. In fact, the mountain is called Nagarjuna hill because the philosopher Nagarjuna’s cave-residence is found there, where he performed meditation.

The story of the Buffalo Buddha

One famous story of the Buffalo Buddha goes as follows: A long time ago when Acharya Nagarjuna was living in his cave, an idiot buffalo herdsman from Kathmandu became possessed by faith in the Master He came to him frequently offering curd and milk. Once when he asked Nagarjuna to come to town, the Master refused. He said: ‘If you are able to meditate upon perfect reality, sit down here’. So he did as he was told. Obsessed by his work of guarding buffaloes, he could think of nothing else but buffaloes. ‘Visualize yourself as a buffalo.’ Instructed the Acharya. Therefore, he meditated in what we today call the Cave of the Buffalo Buddha. After a while of meditating, he actually became a buffalo. His horns struck the rock above him and created the holes, known today as his horn-prints. Then, Nagarjuna told him to contemplate his body in its natural state of total relaxation. Meditating accordingly, his body became as before. Moreover, his senses became sharp and alert, so he was given initiation and precepts. After completion of his mediation, people say that he shot through the roof of the cave and went straight to the Dakini’s Paradise.

Package Details:

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu
JOIN GROUP Contact 1 day before departure from Kathmandu.
SERVICE INCLUDES
Private transportation
Hiking guide
Lunch
Fruit basket
1 liter Mineral water bottle
Shivapuri National park fee
First Aid service
All applicable taxes
SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Personal hiking equipment
Tips for guide and driver
Any drinks
Extra expenses beyond our control
Other cost not mentioned above as included

Itinerary details

Tentative time frame: Day Hike

7:30 am: Meeting at Nature Trail office.
7:45 am: Drive to hiking starting point (Nagarjun base): 30 minues drive
2:30 pm: End hike, an drive to Nature Trail office or your hotel or your resident

After your breakfast, meet guide at Nature Trail office, and drive towards the Balaju, Nagarjun entrance Point, after 25 – 30 minutes from the Thamel (Touristic Hub) of drive we arrive in entrance gate and your Guide will arrange your Permit in the entrance point, you need to carry the Passport copy. After the permits are issued, hiking start with the steep stairs in between of dense forest mostly, varities of flora welcome you with its lovely smell and birds welcome you with the mesmarizing tune, around one and half hour of walking brings up in another armys check Point they suggest between 4:30 to 5:pm we must be already back to that point. they check the permit and let us move and now this will be relief time and we will be walking very easily in the flat path for around 20 mintues and again somtime stairs and sometime flat way we arrive in open space from where we can see the rush Kathmandu, dense forest of this Jungle, here we can relaxe and enjoy the view for few minutes and continue our Hiking again steep stairs starts until we arrive in the top of the Jamacho Peak.  From the top, we can enjoy the beautiful jungle and Mountain Range if the weather is clear, the stupa is mostly covered with the Prayer Flag around.

We enjoy our pack Lunch here and capture the Picture all around, after around half an hour we start our descent back. We will arrive to the ending Point within 2 Maximum hour.

More Info

Nagarjuna, the nearest hiking spot from Kathmandu is located in the shivapuri national park and is very impressive Trail. its name remains as Nagarjuna since sage Nagarjuna meditate in this cave for long period of time. There us another cave of Buddha called Mahasiddhas, this trail is very famous for the varieties of Flora and Fauna, insect and Birds. Throughout the trail, we can hear the criping of insect as well as the tweeting of Birds. When we arriving in the top, mountain range will surprise you with its beauty. The mountain range include Mt. Ganesh, Mt Dorge Lakpa, Mt langtang.

This hill is also very famous with the story of the Buffalo Buddha. Long time ago when Achary Nagarjuna was meditating in the cave, and one idiot buffalo herdman saw him meditating in the cave. He was profound and visited him daily to offer him milk and curd. He has so much faith in him. One day he asked Acharya Nagarjunas to visit town but achary asked him if he could meditate properly in the cave with him he could go with him.

When he sat for the meditation he was disturbed by his work and only visualize the buffalo. Again, Achary suggested him to think as if he was Buffalo and he started visualizing every part as buffalo Body and he became Buffalo. And his horn struck in the rock, which made the holes and we can still see those holes.

More about Nagarjuna / Jamacho Peak:

Nagarjuna, the nearest hiking spot from Kathmandu is located in the shivapuri national park and is very impressive Trail. its name remains as Nagarjuna since sage Nagarjuna meditate in this cave for long period of time.  There us another cave of Buddha called Mahasiddhas, this trail is very famous for the varieties of Flora and Fauna, insect and Birds. Throughout the trail, we can hear the criping of insect as well as the tweeting of Birds. When we arriving in the top, mountain range will surprise you with its beauty. The mountain range include Mt. Ganesh, Mt Dorge Lakpa, Mt langtang.

This hill is also very famous with the story of the Buffalo Buddha. Long time ago when Achary Nagarjuna was meditating in the cave, and one idiot buffalo herdman saw him meditating in the cave. He was profound and visited him daily to offer him milk and curd. He has so much faith in him. One day he asked Acharya Nagarjunas to visit town but achary asked him if he could meditate properly in the cave with him he could go with him.

When he sat for the meditation he was disturbed by his work and only visualize the buffalo. Again, Achary suggested him to think as if he was Buffalo and he started visualizing every part as buffalo Body and he became Buffalo. And his horn struck in the rock, which made the holes and we can still see those holes.

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