Nagarjuna is located at the north-west of Kathmandu. This place is easily accessible for hiking as it is only 15 minutes drive away from Thamel. To complete the hike to the hill top of Nagarjuna, it takes around 3 hours. The top of the hill is also famous as Jamacho Peak (6,300 ft). This mountain got its name as Nagarjuna because the sage Nagarjuna had resided in a cave in this place to meditate. Beside the cave of Nagarjuna, there is a cave of another Buddha, the Mahasiddhas.
This hill is also famous for a folk story. The story is about a Buffalo Buddha. The story goes like this: Long, long time ago, when Acharya Nagarjuna was living in this cave, an idiot buffalo herdsman from Kathmandu came to this place. After looking at Nagarjuna, he was thoroughly impressed by his personality. Thus he possessed strong faith in him. He frequently visited the Acharaya’s abode with the offering of curd, milk etc. Once he asked Acharya to come with him to the town. But the master replied that if this buffalo herdsman could meditate properly, only then he will go with him. The herdsman started the meditation but he could only visualize the buffalo even during the mediation.
He told the master about it. Then the master asked him to visualize himself as a buffalo instead. He internally saw all the parts of the buffalo. By and by he became like a buffalo. The horns and tails started sprouting in him. The horns started to struck the rock above him and created the holes. These holes are even seen today.
Then the Nagarjuna again instructed him to contemplate his body in its natural state of total relaxation. Meditating accordingly, his body became just as he was before. But his senses became sharp and alert. Thus Nagarjuna initiated him. After he had accomplished the aim of his mediation, it is said that he shot through the roof of the cave and went straight to the Dakini's Paradise.
From the Top of Nagarjun we can see the view of Kathmandu valley. The locals of this place also claim that Maha Manjurshree who is supposed to be the founder of Kathmandu valley saw Kathmandu valley as a lake from this point.
It is also interesting to note that the small Buddhist stupa on the top of this hill is the cover photo of Lonley planet Nepal 2007 edition.
Activities: Walking, Hiking and cultural and Historical Tours,
Day Tours Trip Duration:1 Day
Transportation: Private vehicle
Group Size: Minimum 1 people
Tour starts at: 10 am
Ends at: 4 pm
Trip Duration: 6 hours
Departure from: Dreams Garden Gate, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal (Please be there at 9.30 Am)
We can also arrange for hotel pickups and drops upon request.
The journey begins in the morning after breakfast in the hotel. You can either opt to come to the Gate of the Garden of Dreams or lets us know to peak you up from your hotel. From Thamel, to reach the gate of the Nagarjuna, it takes around 20 minutes in a private vehicle. From there, we start to hike via the gate of the Nagarjuna. The trail mostly ascends to reach to the hill top of the Nagarjuna. We hike through the jungle. We can enjoy the natural sceneries along the trail. It is advisable to bring your own water bottle for this trail as there is no source of water during this hike. Upon reaching the hilltop of Nagarjuna, we can behold the magnificent views of the Himalayas in our northern side. There is also a view tower at the top of the hill, which is constructed to get the scenic views of the panoramic mountain tops. After staying at the hilltop for a while, we descend back through the same route as we had followed for going upwards. Upon arriving at the gate of the Nagarjuna, we drive back to your hotel.
Please do feel free to contact us to make yet another exciting journey with us.
Cost Include & Excludes
- Air-conditioned private tourist vehicle.
- English Speaking Hostess.
- All permits and entrance fees along with governmental taxes
- Official expense
- Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Tips for hostess and driver. (Tipping is expected).
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
Food & accommodation
On our day trip, all the foods will be available on local traditional restaurant in below US$5 cost. Before and after the trip, accommodation will be your own but we can also manage accommodation for you upon your request.