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“Not something to enjoy, but go anyway” 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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Tamworth, Australia
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“Not something to enjoy, but go anyway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

It's hard to give a rating to something that doesn't rate as entertainment. Watching the activities at the crematoria provides an opportunity to contemplate the rituals surrounding death, and the differences between cultures. This is certainly somewhere I wouldn't take the children unless you're ready for a very serious conversation. I'm glad I went.

Visited April 2014
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“Thought provoking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I didn't know what to expect, having read reviews describing the Cremation areas as "confronting and disturbing". I visited with my 25 year old daughter, and whilst the concept of sitting quietly watching the cremation formalities and rituals across a small canal seemed intrusional (and difficult to explain to others), we found it to be a thought provoking and contemplative experience. There are two cremation areas - basic platforms and "no frills" for commoners, and an area for more affluent people, with more ceremony and ritual.
There was no sign of grief or drama, as the cremations seemed to be conducted more as a final formality and farewell before rebirth.

A most worthwhile visit, which gives an enhanced understanding of local culture and thought. At no stage did our presence feel unwelcome or out of place - we were simply observers (amongst a few hundred others) quietly observing part of life's cycle.

An important part of the Kathmandu "experience".

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Very different from what we are used to in the western culture. It can be a little too much and a bit shocking. We have seen the crematorium at Varanasi, but somehow this was more memorable. Here you can see the ritual step by step and although you are watching from the other side of the river you can see all the details.

Visited May 2014
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“An experience I still can't wrap my brain around!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I don't think I would go here two times but the one time was a must! WOW! Interesting to learn about other cultures and this was certainly no exception!!!!

Visited April 2014
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“Memorable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This is Pashupatinath Temple and the sights you see here will stay in your mind for a long time after you have left. Death and grieving are on display in a way very different to western culture. You might feel slightly uncomfortable watching the events going on here. It is almost factory like with its efficiency. A body takes 3 hours to burn and they get through about 30 per day. You will see grieving families washing bodies in the Bagmati River. People draped in white or gold robes. It is all very symbolic. Have respect and don't get too close with your cameras and keep quiet. Tourists watch from the opposite side of the river. Sadhus or Holy Men in all their Technicolour glory will pose for photos if given 15Rs.

Visited December 2013
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