The forest of Hattiban stretches up from the road and makes for pleasant walking. The Hattiban resort is reached after about an hour’s hiking through the trees with accompanying birdsongs, and makes a good place to take rest, have a cool drink, and enjoy the view over the city.


Dakshinkali Temple is located about 1 kilometre outside the village of Pharping. It is one of several “power places” of Kathmandu Valley and one of the most important temples in Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali. Animal sacrifices, particularly of cockerels and uncastrated male goats, are the main way that the goddess is worshipped, and this is especially seen during the Dashain festival but quite often crowds of people can be seen thronging to the site on Saturday mornings.

Asura / Padmasambhava’s Cave

The great master Padmasambhava (the second buddha) attained the Mahamudra level of realization through his practice in the Asura Cave (also known as the Cave of Yangleshö). Because of this, for Vajrayana Buddhism practitioners, it is thought to be a place as important as Bodhgaya.


This corner of Kathmandu is renowned for its mountain biking, but it also has a number of fairly level roads and jeep tracks, which are a perfect for discovering the pretty villages of rural Nepal.

Diet and Detox

Diet is an extremely important factor in our wellbeing. A change of diet for a period of time can make a great difference to how we feel. Combine that with a change of location, with peace and quiet - and perhaps a little meditation – and we can feel rejuvenated in no time.

Kunzang is more than happy to discuss dietary meals with you to prepare dishes that satisfy your detoxification needs.

Yoga and meditation courses

The location of the monastery was chosen because of its proximity to the caves where Guru Rinpoche meditated. The peaceful and holy setting has an energy, which helps with your practice, for beginners or advanced practitioners.

The monastery does not itself give yoga instruction, but works with passionate organisations based in Kathmandu, such as Pranamaya Yoga.

If you wish to know more about available courses, please contact us

Retreat for mediation practitioners

A one month retreat can be done here and food, water and tea will be served to your room, for such a set practice. The quiet environment in and around the monastery and sacredness of the holy site and its energy helps for swift results in ones practice. If you need to complete a task set by your guru, this could be it.

Walking and hiking

Around the Monastery and Guest House, there is great scope for short hikes or gentle walks according to your energy levels. The Nepal Tourism Board’s has even developed a new hiking route through the area recently.

Experience monastery life

Monastic life often appears mysterious and intriguing to outsiders. Neydo Monastery encourages visitors to experience a day of life in the monastery so that you can understand better and appreciate how the Kagyu and Nyingma Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are lived.