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“Know the culture” 4 of 5 stars
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Pashupatinath Temple
Kathmandu 44621, Nepal
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“Know the culture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

As others have mentioned, foreigners are not allowed to enter the temple. So go around to the river side to view the cremations, visit with the "sadus" (holy men"), watch the monkeys, etc. One can still get a lot of good photo ops from this side.

Visited October 2013
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“A must see for Kathmandu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

No visit to Kathmandu is complete without visit to this temple, of course, for the religious minded, it is a must. Pashu means animals. Lord of animals is the literal meaning. Lord Shiva is the ruling diety. You can buy rudraksh beads from the shops nearby

Visited December 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Spiritual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Visited there as a part of organized sightseeing tour. Seeing the dead bodies being burnt invoked strange feeling. 4 stars because it could have been kept a little more cleaner. A must visit if you're interested in some Hindu traditions.

Visited December 2013
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“Interesting, not for everyone”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This was a large, unique Hindu temple. Non-Hindus are not allowed in the inner temple area but are allowed to walk the grounds, view part of the inner temple area from above, and witness the live cremation ceremonies. There were four live cremations happening when we visited, and it was interesting to witness. Honestly, though I was behaving respectfully and dressed modestly, I did not blend into the crowd here and felt noticeably more conspicuous here than at any of the other temples or sites that I visited in Nepal. I did not find the people friendly and left earlier than I normally would have. Admission is a steep NRP 1000 for non-SAARC tourists. Recommend with reservations.

Visited January 2014
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Ancient temple with beautiful diety of Lord Shiva. Unique with 4 faces. Wonderful to watch the performance of Arathi by the priests from South India. Misterious sculptures. Wish I had some to explain the meaning and purpose of those sculptures.

Visited December 2013
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