Nagarjun hill is about 6 km from Kathmandu located in North West part of Kathmandu valley. The starting point of the hike is Balaju bypass. Nagarjun hill is famous for Buddhist Gompa, sacred caves and beautiful scenery of Kathmandu valley. On the top of the hill there is one big Buddhist Gompa where you can see and learn Buddhist way of prayer and meditation. There are several caves on the Nagarjuna hill. Out of which some are empty while other are almost in ruins. Out of these caves two most important one are situated inside the Raniban forest while another situated outside the gate on the Balaju-Trisuli Road. The cave inside the Raniban forest is said to be made by Nagarjuna to worship Swayambhunath and placed an image of Akshobhya Buddha.
On the northern side of the hill outside the forest there is famous cave of Nagarjuna which still exists. There are images of Akshobhya and Nagarjuna inside. Tibetans call this cave of Guru Rimpoche, while local people call it as Laxmi Gupha. Within the cave there are images of Nagarjuna so this hill is called Nagarjun. Near the Nagarjuna cave is a cave known as Buffalo Buddha by the Tibetans. There is a legend that once Nagarjuna was living in this cave. A buffalo herdsman used to visit the master and was offering milk, curds, etc. Once he invited the Master to town but Master told him to meditate at the same cave. But the herdsman was always thinking of his buffaloes. Later he himself became a buffalo. After meditation he shot through the roof of the cave and went to paradise. So, during Nagarjun hill day hike, trekkers can explore such types of caves related to different legends.
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