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Pashupatinath (Nepal)

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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A mere 1.2 miles' walk from Katmandou's centre .
When to go
From October to May
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Pashupatinath

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200 written opinions

The Pashuppatinath Temple is one of the largest and most sacred of all of Nepal. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, and unfurls alongside the Bagmati river.

My suggestion:
If you find yourself in Katmandou between the end of Febraury and the beginning of March, a visit to the Pashupinath Temple is an absolute must. It's the time of year when the Maha Shivarati festival takes place, a celebration in the name of Shiva which never fails to impress.
My review

The Pashupatinath Temple is found in the middle of a religious complex regrouping several different temples, and is easily distinguished from the others by its golden rooftops. The Katmandou Valley, where the Pashupatinath Temple is located, is a beautiful area, rich with cultural heritage. The sacred Bagmati River runs through the temple and the faithful are cremated on its banks. This temple is one of the Nepal's most impressive, the religious fervour found here is incredible and is something very much worth seeing.

The sadhus, bodies fully painted with ash and either naked or dressed in orange cloth, these men are the emblematic figures of the temple. They are the holiest amongst the holy; these men have chosen to give up a life in society to dedicate their lives to prayer and worship for the god Shiva. There is a forest overlooking the temple and bordering the ghats. This proximity has led to communities of monkeys making this area their home and they beg for food from passer-bys. They only add to the mystical character of the valley. This place is a real jewel, don't miss out in your travels to Nepal!

*Nepal after the devastating earthquakes that shook the country in the spring of 2015. The country is slowly getting back on its feet. This article was written before the catastrophe struck.

The Pashupatinath Temple's golden rooftops.
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