Aerial Adventure - Cable Car in Nepal

You don't have to be in Switzerland to ride cable cars. The cable car in Nepal takes you up on a spritual adventure to the abode of Manakamana, the wish fulfilling Goddess. Even if you have no wishes to make (assuming that you have got it all or you are not a believer), this place offers a unique look into Nepali people's faith in the Goddess manakamana. the Manakamana Temple overlooks terraced fields, and the Trisuli and Marsyangdi river valleys. The hilltop (1302m) also offers vantagge point for taking in the breathtaking view of the Mount Manaslu, Himanchuli and Annapurna massifs to the north.

Venerated since the 17th century and commanding royal patronage, Manakamana is located south of the historic town of Gorkha and 6km north of Mugling. In the past, thousands of pilgrims used to do the long ardous trek up to the hilltop. many still do.

From the Cable car Station in Cheres, you get to Manakamana in 10 minutes. the ride covers the distance of 2.8km.

The Legend

The legend of Manakamana Goddess goes back to the time of the Gorkha King Rama Shah (1614-1636 AD). His queen, the story goes.. , possesed divine powers known only to her devotee and religious preceptors, Lakhan Thapa. On one occasion, the King chanced upon the revelation of his Queen as Goddess and Lakhan as a lion. But as soon as he told the Queen whta he saw , death took place. When the Queen approached the funeral pyre to commit sati as was the custom back then, she consoled the lamenting Lakhan by saying that she would reappear soon near his home.

Six months later, a certain farmer ploughing a field hit a stone, cleaved it and saw bood and milk flow forth. When the news got around to lakhan, he knew that his wish has come true . The flow ceased when lakhan worshipped the stone using his tantric knowledge. when the then ruling king of Gorkha learnt of the incident, he donated land and a grant to perpetuate the worship of Manakamana. This deed was invested with a lal Moharm and the present Thapa-magar priest is the 17th generation descendant of Lakhan Thapa.

The shrine of Manakamana has been renovated many times over the centuries. the present four-storey temple on a square pedestal has pagoda-style roofs , and the entrance is marked by stone pillars, one of which is the sacrificial pillar.