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“Stunning architecture and watch funeral ceremonies”

Pashupatinath Temple
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Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
Ranked #7 of 175 things to do in Kathmandu
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“Stunning architecture and watch funeral ceremonies”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

This big complex is a must-see. Only half an hour from Kathmandu, the temple is full of old shrines and temple buildings and populated with monkeys and holy men. At the main temple complex by the river, you can watch locals perform funeral ceremonies where the dead are washed with the water of the holy (though horribly dirty) river and then cremated on the river banks. It's a humbling experience to watch.

Up the big stone steps on the hillside there are numerous stone shrines and at the top yet more, plus more temple buildings. You can also walk from here to Bodnath stupa (the Lonely Planet guidebook has walking instructions). If you arrive before 9 in the morning you can see more locals going about their worship and ceremonies, before the tourist crowds arrive. Allow a few hours for exploring the whole site.

There are hundreds of monkeys in this temple but beware, some are aggressive - I was actually attacked by one for no reason other than staring at it! Also do not carry open food if monkeys are around, they *will* try and take it off you!

An amazing place for both sights and culture, it's a crime not to visit this if you have more than a day or two in the Kathmandu area.

Visited November 2012
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“a heavenly abode...”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

being christians / non hindus though from India, we could not and did not enter this heavenly abode. fully understand the sentiments as there are a few places in India too non-hindus cannot enter. but a very beautiful complex..

Visited October 2012
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“Wow!”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

shocking to see people cremated in public but i respect their culture and traditions. It was eye-opening experience. Very disturbed by how polluted it was.

Visited October 2012
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“Huge Hindu Temple complex”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Beautiful temples - check out the mirrored view .. from the end of the line of shiva temples above the burning ghats. There is a walkway through the jungle up past the deer park that goes all the way to Boudhanath Stupa.

Visited November 2012
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“Interesting”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

This has to be one of the most unusual and interesting places that you could visit. It truly is extraordinary but it is not for the faint of heart. Cremations are going on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A must visit if you find the Hindu religion of any interest.

Visited November 2012
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