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“Hold your breath” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Crematoria

The Crematoria
Bagmati River, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Ranked #14 of 59 Attractions in Kathmandu
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Okanagan
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“Hold your breath”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

First thing was the smoke and it is hard to to breath it. The whole thing is exotic and kind of freakish. Not a religious person at so it was all lost on me. Interesting non the less. Could not get past the pollution of the air and river. Also even here locals throw garbage everywhere. One of those things worth seeing though

Visited October 2013
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“May cause culture shock”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This site is fascinating, may not be appropriate for children. One of the most importand Hindu temples in the world. Non-Hindus are not allowed in the temple but can tour the grounds. Behind the temple is the crematorium where bodies are brought for their final purification ceremony of being burned on a funeral pyre. All this is out in the open. Lots of monkeys and religious pundits willing to let you take their picture (tips required!).

Visited December 2013
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“Cremation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a gruesome area & 1000's were there to see the many burials that were taking place.
We witnessed the cremation of an old lady,from strategy to finish?
Many relatives were there to see her cremation & after dropping her body (very heavy lady) the men eventually placed her body on the pyre,where the Priest set about starting the fire that quickly roared into life.
Red flames shot up through the straw placed on the body to help the wood & body burn effectively.
Whilst it was gruesome it was all completed in a very dignified way.
Her son was the one who lit the fire & he had to be helped by a number of other relatives as he was near collapse.
If you have a queasy stomach - Don't Go.
Neither my partner or I want to see another cremation of this kind.

Visited January 2014
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“A bit expensive for a funeral”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

It was culturally interesting to see the corpse being prepared for cremation and if you have not been to Varanasi, you may well be impressed.
Otherwise, apart from some entertaining Saddhus, all of whom spoke excellent English there is nothing much there for a non-Hindu because you cannot visit the Temple.
At $10 per person plus taxi there and back it does seem to offer less value than many other places in Nepal.
And dont forget that you can visit some of the most beautiful Buddhist temples for free!

Visited December 2013
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“Cycle of Life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

There are three different listings on Trip Advisor for the Pashupatinath Temple complex, but I chose to submit a review under this heading since the most interesting aspect for me was observing the Hindu ritual of cremation. If you spend a significant amount of time here, you are likely to witness all stages of the ritual....

This has been going on thoughout generations of Hindus, but I noticed one radical modern aspect...when one man was using his smartphone to record a video of the deceased as they set the cremation fire.

Westerners can expect to pay a relatively high fee to gain access to the complex, but it's worth the price to gain a deeper understanding of the culture.

Visited November 2013
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