To the east of Kathmandu is a beautiful place that is sacred to Buddhist and Hindu people. Here in eastern Nepal, we discover the place where the Dudh Khola meets the Sun Koshi River and is located the three sacred caves representing the three eyes of the Hindu god Shiva. The Buddhists call these caves Maratika and believe that Padmasambhava (the founder of Tibetan Buddhism) and his wife Mandarava freed themselves from the circle of life and became immortal. This was the cave where they achieved full enlightenment.
The cave is also the place where Shiva encountered the demon Bashmasur. He ran into this cave (which the Hindus call Halesi) to take shelter from Bashmasur. Shiva had given a boon to Bashmasur that when this demon placed his hand on the head of someone or something, they would die. Vishnu then tricked Bashmasur to put his own hand on his own head, which was the demon's end.
Inside of the cave, you can see the place where Shiva escaped through the hole in the ceiling. You can also see Shiva's footprint along with the intestines of Bashmasur on the ceiling. There is also a natural linga formed by a stalagmite inside of the cave.
This trip is designed for five people to go by helicopter. It is about a 3 hours trip to and from as well as touring the caves. This is ideal because it is a fast way to visit this remote location.
DAY 1 – Kathmandu - Maratika Haleshi- Kathmandu
Your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the domestic airport. There you will fly to the caves. There visit and explore the Maratica Haleshi caves before returning by flight to Kathmandu. Our car will bring you back to your Three Star Hotel.