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Kathmandu: Pharping, Dakshinkali and Chobar Tour with Lunch

Kathmandu: Pharping, Dakshinkali and Chobar Tour with Lunch

From US$ 83 per person

From Kathmandu, embark on a full-day tour of the surrounding areas including the town famous for both Hindu and Buddhist faith, Pharping. Visit the Asura cave, Shesnarayan temple, Gorakhnath temple, Dakshinkali temple, Taudha Lake, and the Chobar Gorge.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Pickup included
Pickup is provided from hotels inside Kathmandu city ring road. For hotels outside of the ring road, you must pay an additional charge. Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 5 minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time.
Private group


The experience
  • Visit Asura cave, where Guru Padmasambhava received enlightenment
  • Admire the Vajrayogini temple, Shesnarayan temple, Gorakhnath temple and the self-arising Ganesh
  • Pay homage to Goddess Dakshinkali, famous as a blood thirsty incarnation of goddess Parvati, consort of Shiva
  • Explore Taudha Lake, Chobar Gorge, and its caves
Full description
Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Kathmandu before traveling 19km south to the town of Pharping. Pharping is known as the sacred site of Yangleshö, famous for both Hinduism and Buddhism where Guru Padmasambhava attained the level of a Mahamudra Vidyadhara. There are two major practice caves in Pharping blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the Asura cave and the Yangleshö cave. Wander around the caves and explore the Vajrayogini temple located here. After the caves, head to Dakshinkali temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali. The name itself composed of “Dakshin” meaning south and “kali” meaning black female. Devotees sacrifice chickens, goats, sheep and many more as an offering to the goddess. On the way back to Kathmandu from Pharphing, visit the breathtaking Taudha Lake and Chobar Gorge. Measuring at least 1250 meters, Chobhar caves are the second largest in Nepal. According to Swayambhu Purana and legends of the region, Kathmandu Valley was once a lake and it is believed that the Buddhist deity Manjushree drained away the waters to establish a habitable land.
  • Expert tour guide
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from hotels inside Kathmandu city ring road)
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Travel insurance
  • Fees for extra monuments
  • Tips
  • Visas
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Open-toed shoes

Know before you go

  • Please note that the bloody river and temple of Goddess Dakshinkali may be distressing to some visitors
  • Pickup is provided from hotels inside Kathmandu city ring road
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Lack of knowledge by guide poor vehicle

The guide have lack of knowledge about tourist places misguided poor vehicle arranged

June 10, 2019

September 24, 2019


First of all, what is described a 8h tour turned out to be a 4h tour, including time for lunch. The stops included a cavern (that is apparently closed since last year) and 2 monasteries (that were closed to visitors). I was then told to take a picture from outside. The main reason I took this tour was to see the giant monument showed in one of the pictures. This was not accessible. I was told to take a picture between 2 bars of a gate. Also, pictures on the website do not reflect the current reality. A picture shows a temple next to a bridge. Don't expect to see this. The temple was damaged in the 2015 earthquake. That was 5 years ago and the picture is still not updated. The final result is that I paid almost $200 to be driven around and have lunch. It should also be noted that the driver seemed to have a lot of fun driving as close as possible from children collecting money on the streets. I gave 2 stars only because the guide did the best that he could in those circumstances.

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February 22, 2020

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