Hindu Temple in Pharping

Shesh Narayan Temple

About 600m downhill from the main junction at Pharping, in the direction of Kathmandu, the Shesh (or Sekh) Narayan Temple is a highly revered Vishnu shrine surrounded by ponds and statues, tucked beneath a rocky cli…
Buddhist Shrine in Pharping

Vajra Yogini Temple

This sacred 17th-century Newari-style temple is devoted to the Tantric goddess Vajrayogini. One of the few female deities in Buddhist mythology, Vajrayogini was a wandering ascetic who achieved a level of enlightenm…
Buddhist Shrine in Pharping

Guru Rinpoche Cave

Climb the steps behind the Drölma Lhakhang, passing a rocky fissure jammed full of tsha tsha (stupa-shaped clay offerings) and cracks stuffed with little bags of wishes and human hair. Eventually you’ll come to the …
Buddhist Monastery in Pharping

Rigzu Phodrang Gompa

Adjacent to the Drölma Lhakhang is the Rigzu Phodrang Gompa, worth visiting for its impressive frieze of statues, with Guru Rinpoche surrounded by his fearsome incarnations as Dorje Drolo (riding a tiger) and Dorje …
Buddhist Monastery in Pharping

Sakya Tharig Gompa

This monastery features an enormous and brightly painted chörten – step inside to see hundreds of miniature chörten and statues of Guru Rinpoche set into alcoves in the walls. If you're lucky dozens of monks will be…
Buddhist Monastery in Pharping

Auspicious Pinnacle Dharma Centre of Dzongsar

As you enter the town from the main road, take the first right and head uphill, passing a Guru Rinpoche statue in a glass case. Next to the statue is this dharma centre, a large chörten that contains 16 enormous pra…
Buddhist Monastery in Pharping

Ralo Gompa

The large white Ralo Gompa has a brightly painted chörten. It’s located up the hill, past the line of Tibetan restaurants, towards the Drölma Lhakhang.
Buddhist Monastery in Pharping

Drölma Lhakhang

This shrine is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, who identify Saraswati as Tara. It’s accessed via a set of steps to the west of Sakya Tharig Gompa.