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Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath

Free admission
Pashupati Nath Road, Kathmandu, Nepal, 44600

The Basics

Pashupatinath is a must-visit sight in Kathmandu. The temple architecture mainly dates back to the 17th century, though parts are older. Most of the temple lies along the western banks of the Bagmati River, but you can cross to the other side for views back to the temple and cremation ghats (steps), and climb the hill to a forested area where there are many smaller stone temples. Most travelers visit on sightseeing tours of Kathmandu.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kathmandu

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Temple and Stupa tour
Mary S, Nov 2019
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
This was truly spectacular tour of two religious sites. Subash has so much knowledge and has excellent English. I would highly recommend this activity
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I really liked the tour guide. He...
Jadwiga S, Aug 2017
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
I really liked the tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, kind and easy-going. I did not much like the fact that I was stuck with other people on the tour who were not so much fun to be around with. I guess its hit and miss. Next time I might get lucky and get to know some great people!
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Grateful to have a guide to take us...
Peta B, Nov 2017
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
Grateful to have a guide to take us there. Nice chap and concerned that we 'got our money's worth'. He was patient and took great care of us. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat
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You are an amazing guide Bipin. He...
Peter W, Apr 2017
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
You are an amazing guide Bipin. He knows this town, it's little alleyways and the best locations for that special photo. Loved it, recommend it.
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Exceptional tour. I had a very...
Ekaterina A M, Aug 2014
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
Exceptional tour. I had a very knowleageable guide all to myself. I was the only one tourist that day. We actually went for plam reading on top of the program.
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Nice friendly local guide. Be...
Tracy F, Apr 2014
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
Nice friendly local guide. Be prepared for a lot of walking. You also catch a local taxi but which is an experience in itself. You get a good over view of each of the temples. Its not a huge group of people on the tour just how many you book with so it is very personal. The guide was willing to answer any questions.
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This tour was excellent. When I think...
Sndy, Jan 2015
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
This tour was excellent. When I think of all the things we did while in Kathmandu, the images from this tour are the ones I remember first. Walking the streets and taking a local "bus taxi", took us out of our comfort zone and gave us an incredible insight to what a day in the life of a local is. Pashupatinath Temple with the Sadhu monks and the cremations across river, are both unforgettable visions. Because it was a holiday, there was lots of activity at the Bodhnath stupa. No matter where you looked it was a scene worthy of a postcard. High recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nepalis can enter for free, but other nationals need a ticket.

  • While photography is allowed, be respectful of the fact that many of the people are grieving and attending a funeral.

  • Be prepared to see open-air cremations. Bodies are wrapped in cloth and placed upon a burning pyre of logs.

  • Only Hindus are allowed into the main temples, but anyone can enter the broader temple complex.

  • The Bagmati River is sacred to practicing Hindus, and you will see people bathing in the water. However, this is not recommended, as it’s extremely polluted.

  • The colorful sadhus (holy men) will ask you to photograph them, but they expect to be paid a few rupees.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Pashupatinath is via taxi. All drivers know where it is. Alternatively, you can walk between Boudhanath and Pashupatinath; it’s an easy walk that takes about a half-hour and saves the time you might waste in traffic.

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When to Get There

Pashupatinath is always busy with worshippers and mourners. It plays host to a number of important Hindu festivals throughout the year. The most famous is Shivaratri, in February and March, when sadhus from across India and Nepal flock to the festival. It can get uncomfortably crowded then, but it’s definitely a colorful sight.

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Hike to the Source of the Bagmati River

The Bagmati River that runs through Pashupatinath originates at Baghdwar, in the Shivapuri National Park to the north of Kathmandu. Hiking there is a pleasant day trip. Start from Budhanilkantha and hike up through the park. On clear days, there are good views of Kathmandu to the south and the Langtang Range to the north.

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