Asura Cave, Pharping
Pharping lies in the Southern part of the Kathmandu Valley on the way to Dakshin Kali. It is an important Pilgrimage site for Vajrayana Buddhists. Outside of the town on the hillside there are three very important sacred sites: a major Vajrayogini temple, a cave where Padmasambhava meditated with his (or Vishnu's depending on one's faith) footprints in a stone in front of the cave, and a self-arising Tara below the cave complex. Because of this wealth of sacred tradition, there are a number of new Tibetan Buddhist monasteries being built across the area, including one with a large 100 ft. Padmasambhava that dominates one of the hillsides. Padmasambhava is believed to be a manifestation of The great Guru Rinpoche, and achieved the state of Mahamudra here in Pharping.