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“Something really different” 4 of 5 stars
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Pashupatinath Temple
Gausala | Pashupati, Kathmandu 8349, Nepal
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Ranked #5 of 59 Attractions in Kathmandu
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Something really different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

I felt a bit uncomfortable watching the cremation ceremony from the opposite side of the river...the river is filthy and really, I couldn't wait to leave. Our guide was describing what was happening during the ceremony but I felt sorry for the families as it is such a tourist attraction with everyone taking photos. There were monkeys running around which took your mind off what was happening across the river....for a few minutes. This is a place I won't forget in a hurry and a definite insight into another culture.

Visited November 2012
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“Different and thought-provoking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We had been recommended to make the Pashupatinath Temple our first stop and were glad we did. It gives an insight into Hindu culture that it is hard to find elsewhere. It is not beautiful and it is not clean and there is poverty and there are beggars and there are funeral pyres and cremation ceremonies and there are criplings and the river is incredibly filthy. Still, it is thought-provoking and different and quite unforgettable. Following a tour of the grounds we walked from Pashupatinath to Bodnath along the route described in the Lonely Planet guidebook and recommend that peaceful stroll through suburbian Kathmandu.

Visited December 2012
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

A fascinating insight and an amazing window into another culture. Not to be missed when visiting KTM

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“Impressive place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is an amazing temple, and dedicated to the godess Pashupati, an ephitet of the godess Shiva. It has two remarcable parts, the crematory area and the pagoda area, both separated by the main river.

The crematory area is, generally, full of tourist that doesn't respect at all the pain of the families that are suffering for their deads. It's a frivolous fact to see how the tourist shoot photos and more photos without thinking in this, it has became a show.

My reccomendation is to watch this ritual with respect and silence, but above all, to visit the pagoda area in which only a few tourist are interested to go. You can go just going to the right following the path of the river, climbing the long tram of stairs.

You will find a little pagoda town full of monkeys. Beware of them, they are WILD, dont show or give them food, otherwise they may attack you, I've seen it. Treat them like they are: animals. If you're lucky, you'll be able to see the monks that live there doing their tasks. This is a really pacific place where you can enjoy the peace of the swayambhunath.

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“Spiritual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

I liked the place for it's sense of spirituality and our place in the world order. I would go back and visit here again when I return to Kathmandu.

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