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“Okay, but the main temple is restricted to Hindus only” 3 of 5 stars
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Pashupatinath Temple
Kathmandu 44621, Nepal
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“Okay, but the main temple is restricted to Hindus only”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

A little disappointed with this place as the main thing to actually see is is restricted to Hindus only, yet we paid a lot as tourists to enter. It is a cremation ghat however, so we did get to see a cremation ceremony by the river, which was unexpected. Apart from that there really isn't much that you can't see anywhere else in Kathmandu.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing Cultural Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

It feels very odd terming this an "Attraction" in Kathmandu - It is after all a Hindu crematorium. But I can't help saying that I highly recommend it as a cultural experience. We went in the afternoon - brutal sun - so don't leave without your hat, sunscreen and bottle of water - oh, and tho' I hate to admit it, a camera. (Discreetly used.)
There is a small entrance fee and unless you are a scholar of anthropology/Hinduism, you will find it useful and more meaningful to hire a guide - shouldn't cost more than 400 rupees for about one hour if you are a couple/small family. And, if you feel its appropriate, at the end you can tip and round it up to 500/=. Always agree on the fee before you embark on your guided tour,

The guide will show you the funeral pyres and this might come with a warning if the BBC were going to televise it - "some scenes are graphic and unsuitable for young children" - or those with weak stomach. We arrived to see a partially burned body - blackened feet clearly visible. Observing the rituals is undeniably fascinating - the washing of the deceased's feet in the river, wrapping the body in orange cloth, decorating it with marigold flower garlands, and even the ritual walking around the body after it has been lain out on the bamboo fire chamber before starting the fire - in the deceased's mouth. The bizarrely made up Holi men with their loin cloths are more than happy to pose with you for photos - for "small money Madam!"
Although this is not called the Monkey Temple - that name reserved for another temple here, the day we went every monkey in Kathmandu had come for a picnic - they steal the offering plates (especially tempting since everyone puts out bananas!). Very entertaining. Allow about one hour. This is not a place you want to sit and eat and drink. You will just drink in the cultural of it all and marvel at our differences - Our cremations so private and planned down to the last detail. These cremations so spontaneous and taking place so openly. I came away and immediately started to google many things that the guide had told me to better understand (and check his accuracy). It is a whole education.

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“An incredibly diverse Temple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

We visited here late in afternoon and walked through the complex admiring the architecture while dodging the cows and monkeys.
Ensure you either have a good book or a guide as this is one of the most important Hindu Temples of Lord Shiva as well as being a Unesco world heritage site.

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“good to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

found it really interesting to go see, couldnt get into the temple and found it a bit confusing, Payed the 500 rupee but Im not really sure what for as there was no one to collect of check tickets and you cannot enter the temple but the ghats are definitely worth a visit if you can stand the smell and the smoke.

Visited September 2012
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“Incredible, eye opening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

For someone from the "western" world, this was an incredible place for us to visit, just to soak in the atmosphere and to watch the people and experience the cremations. Very educational and emotional and something you will never forget. Don't miss it.

Visited August 2012
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