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Pashupatinath Temple
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most ancient temples in the world. Had the previlege to visit the temple in Feb-13. You might find some rush after 9 AM so try to visit earlier to avoid the rush. The temple is very big & it might take some to visit the entire temple.

Please note that the entry is for Hindu's Only(Although didn't like that).

Outside the temple you may find many small & big stalls for "Rudraksh". Remember if you are in Nepa, buy the Big Rudraksh. The Big Rudraksh are the one which are found in nepal. The small ones are brough from India & they might be expensive due to that. Remember to bargain heavily if you are buying.

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

The experience was eye-opening. I went there in the evening and saw a gathering of people along the river. They were about to do a funeral with a dead body wrapped in yellow cloth lying on the stairs by the river. The atmosphere was indescribable .. Haunting, too real, yet beautiful. The fact that the air you breathed in smelled of burned corpses could make you feel uncomfortable but at the same time conscious about your presence and the meaning of life and death. I wanted to explore the hospice but my friend was too scared to accompany me. We left after 10 minutes. if you haven't seen anything like this, visit this place for once.

3  Thank Nuni_Nunie
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Very strange place for a westener. It is possible to follow the funeral service. Odd place. I would recommend going there in the evening when it is dark.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I loved this place. We were there at sunset and the sun setting behind skeletal like trees on the top of the hills created a wonderful image. Seeing the cremation fires burning and people saying their final goodbyes to their loved ones was moving but also a very life affirming experience.

2  Thank TravellerGillian
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We spent several hours at the Temple and surrounds and found the whole thing absolutely facinating. You dont need to be Hindu to respect their beliefs in the River and God(s) and how they approach and deal with the topic of death and there is no better way to learn about it than to see it in action.

We had our hotel drop us off and then were appoached by a guide at the gate who was very knowledgable. My only regret is not negotiating a fee in advance as I fear we probably paid a lot more than market rate but chalked that up to another lesson learnt as a traveller.

It was especially facinating to see the whole cycle - the Nursing Home, the Hospice, the Crematoria, the Temple, the Widows area, and even the caves and chanting mourners up the river. Of course the river is filthy ( they cremate up to 50 bodies a day !) it was sad to see children trawling the river for valuables but this is not unique to the Temple, nor Nepal. The resident religious men will hit you up for a dollar or two for photos but its a small price to pay for a very unique photo !

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