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Maratika Cave, also known as Halesi Mahadev Cave, is a temple situated on the eastern side of Nepal in the Khotang District. It is close to the village named, Mahadevasthan.
Halesi Mahadev is considered one of the holiest temples for both Hindus and Buddhists. Halesi is one popular spot for worshippers halesi Mahadev temple. It is also one of the most well-known locations for travelers for worshiping. Once a Year Bala Chaturdashi or Satbij Charni Ausi is observed at this temple. The forest is situated on the other side across Halesi Temple.
This beautiful temple lies inside a lovely and baffling natural cave on the highest point of a slope. Dudh Koshi and Sun Koshi are two blessed waterways that course through the sanctuary, and it is accepted to have been in reality for 6000 years.
Its entrance has formed a half-moon and faces towards the east. It has a round molded with a distance of 193 ft with a discrete cavern lying underneath. The floor is 223ft periphery.
The most well-known natural cave is said to be the residence of Mahadeva while stowing away from the beast Bhasmasur. It is often tagged as “the Pashupatinath of the East.” You also get to experience different religious fairs especially, at the time of Shivaratri and Bala Chaturdashi.
This cave or temple has a great history behind it. Back in the 12th century, the caverns of Halesi Maratika were alluded to in Himalayan writing. Certain events made the Maratika caves a sacred spot for Vajrayana specialists.
There are some mythologies about these caves too. People say that the three lovely caves of this temple resemble the three eyes of Lord Shiva. The surprising thing about this temple is that it is 67 feet below the surface of the land.
This journey starts with Kathmandu, the heart of Nepal. Then, we head to Dhulikhel, Nepalthok, Khurkot Ghurmi, Okhaldhunga, Jayaram ghat, and Halesi.
There are many hotels just near halesi Mahadev with different qualities from low-budget hotels to high-end hotels with attached bathrooms and well-decorated rooms. The most commonly cheapest hotels are available at this place starting from 800-1200 Nepali rupees. We provide the best hotel with all facilities like hot water wifi and attach bathrooms.
Visit to Halesi Mahadev is technically three days journey, excluding the days in Kathmandu. The other day begins with visiting the temple of Halesi Mahadev and closures with getting back to Kathmandu in the evening time.
The Halesi Mahadev tour is one of the popular packages. Our website has included some of our itineraries. If you are interested in this trip, you can check the itinerary provided. This tour is customizable so you can also contact us to adjust your itinerary according to your date and free time.
Max Altitude: Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft)
The first day of our journey begins by arriving at Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. After you fly into Kathmandu, our staff will welcome you. You will be taken to the hotel by our staff from Tribhuwan International Airport, who will be raising the placard with your name in it and drive you to the hotel where you will be staying for the night. You can explore the city on your own if you consider it. If not, you might as well take a rest.
After having a wonderful breakfast, you will have a full day of sightseeing, including visits to the Memorial Chorten (stupa), Bhutan’s most impressive stupa, which was built in 1974 by Grand Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; National Library, which houses a vast collection of , manuscripts, ancient Buddhist texts and modern academic books; Handicrafts Emporiums, which displays a wide range of beautifully woven fabrics for men and women, crafted products, and other decor Painting School, famed for traditional thangka paintings, which you can buy if you like them; Institute of Traditional Medicine, where Tashichhodzong prepares the kingdom’s rich herbal medicines. Dinner and an overnight stay in Thimphu are included.
Max altitude: Khotang (2,250m /7,380 ft)
Kilometers: 221.4 km
Trek Duration: 6 hour 23 minutes
The trek from Kathmandu to Khotang is 221.4 km which takes about 7 hours to reach. We travel through a four-wheeler. After early morning breakfast, we take a drive to Halesi immediately. First,we head to Dhulikhel. Dhulikhel is a municipality that lies in a district named Kavrepalanchowk.
Then, we gradually move to Nepalthok and continue our journey to Halesi through Ghurmi, Okhaldhunga, Jayaram ghat. On our way, we can enjoy the majestic views. We can see the greenery all around. Not only that, but we also see a beautiful river called the Sunkoshi River. We can spend some time watching and enjoying the lovely views. Then, we finally proceed to our destination. Not far away, we finally reach Halesi. We stay at Halesi overnight.
Max altitude: Khotang (2,250m /7,380 ft)
Today after an early morning shower, we head to the most significant, The Halesi Maratika cave. We worship Lord Shiva. There is a statue of Lord Shiva in this temple. That is why people also tend to call this cave Halesi Mahadev Temple.
It is believed that Halesi Mahadev is one of the holiest temples in the whole Khotang District.The most well-known natural cave is said to be the residence of Mahadeva while stowing away from the beast Bhasmasur. It is often tag as “the Pashupatinath of East.” You also get to experience different religious fairs especially, at the time of Shivaratri and Bala Chaturdashi.
This temple is not away from so many beliefs. So many people living around there say that if you could pass through all the Dwars/gates inside of the temples, then it is believed that you must have done no evil deeds in your whole life. This is an interesting belief.
Maximum altitude: (1,350m/4,428ft)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Kilometers: 221.4 km
Trek Duration: 6 hours 23 minutes
Today, we prepare to head back to Kathmandu. After a fantastic journey at Halesi Mahadev, we end our trip and start heading towards the capital of Nepal. We take the same route as we took while traveling from Kathmandu to Halesi. You can also fly back to Kathmandu from Halesi if you like. Then, we will take you to your respective hotels torest and have a sound sleep.
Today is your last day in Kathmandu. If there is some time left in your hand, you can always explore the city even more or buy some stuff as a memory. We can also have a night dinner as a celebration for the completion of our trip. There is with lots but idle time yet exchange messages with partners in crime and arrange the photographs. It is your last day, and you should enjoy your last day in the city.
After that, you will be driven to the Tribhuwan International Airport as per plan, where you will seea departure from Kathmandu,which is when our entire journey ends. Have a safe trip, and we look forward to your visit toKathamdu Valley again.
For you trip In Nepal, you must initially have Nepali Visa, except of Indians, every other nations will have to apply for this visa. Once you are in Nepal, you can apply for this visa. You are required to send your valid passport atleast six months before the tour.
The good news is, there is no best time to visit Halesi Mahadev Temple, meaning, we can visit this place anytime without any difficulties. There no such particular month or time since it isn’t so hard to take a visittoHalesi. Because of which you can visit any time as your timetable yet stormy season will be very troublesome get a flight due to precipitation.
You are allowed to take photographs as long as you are outside the main temple. You are not allowed to take photographs inside the temple, but you can take pictures just outside the temple. Also before you photograph something you are requestedto ask for the permissions of people in there.
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