Buddhist Maratika Haleshi Cave Tour by Helicopter


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 Padma Sam bhava (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 Haleshi) 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.


Trip Details

CodeABT-117 FrequencyEveryday Duration3 Group Size4 Best SeasonSep-Dec Altitude- mts. SupportYes DifficultyEasy

Brief Itinerary for Buddhist tour in Halesi Maratika cave by Helicopter

DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel

DAY 2 – Everest Mountain flight and Fly to Maratika Haleshi- Kathmandu

DAY 3 – Final departure to your home.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet your representative at Asia Buddhist tours and treks. We will take you by private vehicle to your deluxe Hotel for welcome non-alcoholic drinks. Afterwards, we will visit Swayambhunath Stupa and Boudhanath stupa UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 2 Mountain Flight: It begins with an early morning mountain flight where we fly east along the mountains to fly around Mt. Everest. The trip takes about one hour. Later in the day, your representative of Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks  will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the domestic airport. There you will fly to the caves. We visit and explore the Maratika Haleshi caves before returning by flight to Kathmandu. Our car will bring you back to your Hotel.

Day 3 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and this short trip is no exception. Your representative at Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks  will escort you by private vehicle to the airport to see you off to your next destination. Before leaving, why not discuss a return trip to Nepal to explore other parts of this great nation. Your representative at Asia Buddhist Tours and Treks can put together all kinds of vacation packages for your next holiday.


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