Located past Bhaktapur city, 20km from Kathmandu city, just before the village of Sanga. The Kailashnath Mahadev Statue is the worlds tallest statue of the Hindu god Shiva which stands at 143ft/44m.
Built between 2004 and 2011 under the funding of Indian born Kamal Jain who now resides in Nepal. A weekly team of engineers was brought in every week to help secure the building project due to its hilltop location.
Kamal Jain also owns the ajoining Hilltake spa and resort. The only nearby accommodation.
The Kailashnath Mahadev Statue is very popular with Hindus both from Nepal and India. Though numbers of 5,000 to 10,000 visitors per week are highly suspect weekends do see an influx of visitors.
Though the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue itself is not directly at fault the surrounding hill on which it stands has become covered giant advertisements. Spurred on by domestic tourists businesses have hired out huge frames covering much of the hilltops side with banner advertisements.
The once pristine hilltop is now an unsightly mess as you approach it. International tourists have remarked that it certainly takes away from the statue's presence. Further to that questions have been raised in regards to the environmental damage such large signs are having on the trees, fauna and wildlife on the hill.
While there is no official entrance fee for Kailashnath Mahadev Statue there are some catches. If you enter from the easy to reach Hilltake spa and resort side to the rear of the statue you will be charged 100 rupees. This charge is for admission to the resorts "parking" and "amusement park" entrance fee.
Meanwhile if you take the broken path to the left of the resort to the front of the statue there's meant to be no entrance fee at the gate into the statue. However, if you ask anyone at the gate then they'll charge 25 rupees. It's best not to say a thing and just walk on in.
By taxi: A short taxi ride from Bhaktapur is the easiest form of transport. It will cost around 800 rupees. From Kathmandu it's over an hour away with good traffic at a cost of around 2000 rupees.
By bus: from Kathmandu’s Ratna bus park catch a bus heading to Sanga (80 rupees), you need to tell the driver or ticket collector you want to be dropped off at “Shiva Statue. Kailashnath Mahadev” or “Hilltake resort”. A second option is to take a bus to Bhaktapur and transfer there to a local Sanga bound bus. In either case you will have to walk up the hill to the statue from the road.
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