Sankhu is the very old Newari town which is situated 16 km. far from Kathmandu. It takes one hour to be there. It was the old trade route from Tibet (Lhasa). Sankhu is the municipality made from the three former V.D.C.’s Bajrayogini, Pukhulachhi and Suntol.There are four gates in Sankhu which are used for different reasons. One of them is to bring goddess into Snkhu from temple, to bring bride to groom’s house, to send daughter after marriage and to take dead body of human out of Sankhu to burn or to bury. Sankhu village, Sankhu fort, Sankhu Jatra, Sali River Sankhu Sikar Bajrayogini temple and Milarepa Meditation Caves are the prime attraction of Sankhu.
Bajrayogini temple is an easy 2 km hike lasting 45 minutes from the busy parking. She is a mystic Buddhist goddess, one of the significant goddess in Sankhu. The present temple of Bajrayogini was built by Raja Prakash Malla in 1655 A.D.The temple lies top the forested ridge overlooking the village and visited by both Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims, although thy have different tantra and sadhana to appease the goddess. There are numerous other shrines and sculptures behind the temple. This place is also known as the Eighty Siddhas as there are four of five caves where the sidhhas of India are said to have stayed. One cave is also said to have been the practice cave of Nagarjuna. There are many remnants of the prosperous period between 1300 s – 1500 s.
Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Sankhu, then hike to Bajrayogini temple, walk around there and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 01Drive from Kathmandu to Sankhu, then hike to Bajrayogini temple, walk around there and drive back to KathmanduWe drive from Kathmandu to Sankhu, 16 km north east which is one of the historical city with religious significance. The Newari town boasts with its indescribable arts and crafts and Newari culture. The Sali River flowing nearby has brought different stories and a place is often visited as a pilgrimage tour. Sankhu is also the gate way for many hiking destination like Changunarayan, Nagarkot and so on. After exploring Sankhu , we hike about 2 km to Bajrayogini temple which is the main place for the tantric practices. The Pratap Malla from 17th century built this temple in 1655 A.D. He was himself tantric person. The remains of the palace is still there. We can further go up to the height, then can view the wonderful hilly scene , forest and mountain view. This is about an hour hiking up and can retrace back to the vehicle. We drive back to Kathmandu.