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“Historic and calm”
Review of Vajrayogini Temple

Vajrayogini Temple
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Nagarkot Guided Day Trek from Kathmandu
Pristina, Kosovo
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“Historic and calm”
Reviewed 24 April 2014

One of the ancient temple complexes of the Kathmandu Valley,quite a steep hike up the stone stepped trade/pilgrim's road to Tibet, up from the village of Sankhu. In the temples,especially the one on the upper level, are some magnificent examples of Newari art. And pleasant green spaces on the hills around to eat amongst foraging monkeys. Well worth the walk out of Sankhu - which itself is worth a day of exploration,at least.

Visited June 2013
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“A place to get oneself lost”
Reviewed 1 January 2013

This temple is one of the less touristic of the valley of kathmandu, but no less impressive for it. It's located a pair of kilometers away from Sankhu, and you wil have to park your car before going up the long stairway up until reach the temple. In the highest part you will find the complex with the squares and narrow streets, and a bunch of monkeys playing and having rest.

My advice is that you go along the main wall and go behind the temple, you can find a little mountain to hike for about an hour (if you like to take your time, but you can have it in less time) and get to the top. From here you can see an amazing landscape from this side of the valley and Sankhu.

Visited November 2012
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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“The Vajrayogini temple complex constructed in the mid 17th Century”
Reviewed 19 December 2012

Lies on the northeastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley on the ancient trade route to Tibet. The traditional Newari settlement still retains its medieval character with narrow streets, public squares with in dispersed tiered temples and rest houses.

The Vajrayogini temple complex constructed in the mid 17th Century is located on the flanks of the hills 1.5 km north of Sankhu. The main tiered temple dedicated to the tantic goddess Vajrayogini, is surrounded by several monuments and freestanding statues.

Visited January 2012
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Limbo
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“Devotion for the fit!”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

It is a beautiful walk up and there's a lovely devotional stupa just before the final push past some welcome water spouts. Right at the top is a crumbling Rana era palace with a snack stall or two and some ancient dark looking caves have been cut in the rock.

Although you need to be fit to get up the steps to the temple! There are lots of them and the altitude doesn't help. Regular walkers, runners and cardio-vascular athletes (I'm not) will breeze up, but mere mortals may find themselves out of puff more than once.

When you get up there there's a lovely small Hindu Temple with a statue of Kali Durga in it. There are some Tibetan monks a little way a way with a meditation retreat. If you're a devotee of the Himalayan Vajrayogini then you'll have to use your visualisation skills!

It was really quiet the evening I went and the air is pure. Just a small group of school kids and two priests doing the evening puja around 4-5 ish (which might be of interest). I'm sure I'll visit again - after some training!

Visited December 2011
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