Most people who come and stay at Shivapuri Heights Cottage like to simply relax or read a book (we have an extensive library). However, Â there are also a number of short and longer walks available from the Cottage.
We recommend you book a guide (advance notice is required).
The Reclining Vishnu Temple
The main town of Buddhanilkantha is situated approximately 20-30 minutes walk from Shivapuri heights Cottage and this is where you will find the splendid carved stone idol of the sleeping Vishnu. Carved from a single block of black basalt stone of unknown origin, the statue measures 5 meters in length and lies in a reclining position inside a recessed tank of water. Only Hindus can approach the statue to leave offerings but other visitors can view the statue through the fence that surrounds the sacred tank and it is well worth picking up a local guide to listen to the history and myths surrounding this resplendent statue.
Namkha Khyung Dzong Rigdin Choling Monastery
Located approximately 30 minutes walk from Shivapuri Heights Cottage is this lovely Monastery that is well worth a visit and the walk itself passes through a few quaint traditional Tamang Village houses.
There are approximately 50 monks in residence. The best time to visit is around 3:00 pm since often the monks will be in prayer. With permission visitors are welcome to enter the Monastery building and sit quietly for a while to soak up the beauty and energy of the place. One should remove shoes and hats before entering and a small donation in the box is customary. The caretaker monk’s name is Pema la.
Vipassana Meditation and the Nepal Vipassana Center Dharmashringa
Vipassana means to see things as they really are. The technique is and harmony within, and ultimately leads to the end of suffering.
The Nepal Vipassana Center is located in the Shivapuri hills approximately 30 minutes walks from Shivapuri Heights Cottage and about 12 kilometer north of Kathmandu City.
Various buildings serve as residences, ranging from dormitories to single rooms, two separate dining halls for men & women, and a few meditation halls.
Two ten-day courses are held at Dharmashringa from 1st to 12th and 14thin the morning of the 12th day. The Shivapuri Heights Cottage is an ideal location to stay before or after your 10 day Vipassana retreat. Go to the Vipassana website
The Park Village Resort
In the hotter months of May-September you might fancy a swim and the Park Village resort located close to the town of Buddhanilkantha offers a lovely swimming pool.