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Pashupatinath Tours and Activities

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Pashupatinath
Pilgrims from Nepal and India flock to Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest Hindu site in Nepal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is also where many Hindu Nepalis come to die and be cremated.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
Address: Pashupati Nath Road, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Seven World Heritage Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Seven World Heritage Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley

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Kathmandu’s top sights are spread throughout the sprawling capital, meaning most visitors end up missing key attractions. On this action-packed day tour, you’ll cover all of the region’s UNESCO-listed highlights. Travel in a comfortable private car between locations in the city, with a private guide on-hand to supply information and background. You’ll also enjoy lunch in stunning Bhaktapur and venture to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
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  • 12 hours
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Seven World Heritage Day Tour in Kathmandu Nepal

Seven World Heritage Day Tour in Kathmandu Nepal

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Visit all seven of the Kathmandu Valley’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 12 hours on this action-packed tour. But, you won’t feel rushed as you’ll travel between each site in a comfortable private vehicle with a knowledgeable local guide. This convenient tour includes popular central sites—such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupatinath Temple—as well as lesser-known ones, like Changu Narayan, on the green rural edge of the city.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Visit four of Kathmandu's top attractions on a private half-day tour. Start by traveling in your comfortable private vehicle from your hotel to the traditional heart of the medieval town. Visit Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site; watch the monkeys frolic around another heritage site, Swayambhunath Temple; and take in the sacred prayer wheels and incense. Explore Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, which has roots going back to 600 AD. Hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the day on this comprehensive tour.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Sightseeing Day Tour of Kathmandu's Four UNESCO Heritage Sites

Sightseeing Day Tour of Kathmandu's Four UNESCO Heritage Sites

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Kathmandu Valley on this private tour. You'll enjoy dedicated attention from your guide and the ability to move at your own pace through the area's top attractions. Stops include UNESCO-listed sites such as Pashupati, Bouddha, Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambhu, and others.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Kathmandu world heritage site- Private Day tour

Kathmandu world heritage site- Private Day tour

The ideal introduction for first-time visitors, this private day trip covers four of Kathmandu’s most significant World Heritage attractions. Learn more about Hindu and Buddhist faiths at the sprawling Hindu complex of Pashupatinath, one of the largest stupas in the world in Boddhanath, and the hilltop temple of Swayambhunath. You’ll also enjoy time to explore Patan’s Durbar Square, one of the region’s most stunning heritage districts.
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Life and spirituality tour of Kathmandu

Life and spirituality tour of Kathmandu

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The tour gives you glimpse of cultural life of people of Nepal in general. This is a great way to observe spiritual practices of Nepal which is blend of Hinduism, Buddhism and Tantrism. Walk through the medieval town designed with principles of Vastu Shastra (material science) architecture and visit the neighborhood of Ayurveda. Feel the 'Little Tibet in Kathmandu' as Boudhanath Stupa. Visit Pashupatinath and watch the Hindu 'Karma' and 'Bhakti' based lifestyles. Learn the philosophy behind cremation and the life after death. Visit Lalitpur (Patan), the city of fine art and discover the hidden monasteries including the 'Golden temple'. Know why it is called the oldest existing Buddhist city in the world. Learn the history of Gurkha and visit Kumari, the living goddess of Kathmandu. Walk through the colorful market of Ason back to your hotel. Note: This tour visit cultural centers to local life and their spiritual practices and doesn't include entrance fees at any heritage sites.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Kathmandu Full Day Tour

Kathmandu Full Day Tour

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This small-group sightseeing tour of Kathmandu includes several prominent religious monuments. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in front of the old royal palace, and learn about the former Kathmandu Kingdom from your professional guide. Continue on to see the Tibetan Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath and visit Pashupatinath Temple—a shrine that honors Lord Shiva—both sacred sites designated by UNESCO. Finish at the imposing Bouddhanath stupa, the largest in Kathmandu Valley.
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  • 6 hours
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Kathmandu Valley Private Tour - Full day

Kathmandu Valley Private Tour - Full day

Kathmandu Valley Day Tour offers an interesting world heritage sightseeing tour of the historical and cultural architecture, religion and local lifestyle tour with pleasant scenery of the valley in private luxury Car/ Jeep.
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Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu

Private Full-Day Tour With Nagarkot Sunrise and Bhaktapur From Kathmandu

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Take a full-day private tour that combines the sunrise viewing at Nagarkot with a sightseeing trip to Bhaktapur—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rise early to depart from Kathmandu and reach high altitude Nagarkot in time to watch the sun rise over the Himalayas. Continue to Bhaktapur after breakfast and visit top attractions in the culture-rich city, including Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapole Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and 55 Window Palace. Your tour includes breakfast, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Pashupatinath Aarati Trip from Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Aarati Trip from Kathmandu

One of the most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple is the Pashupati Bagmati Aarati. Aarati is a ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) is offered to God. Pashupati Bagmati Aarati follows three priests conducting the custom with oil lamps, lanterns and other religious elements by chanting sacred mantra. The priests perform the Aarati by taking oil lamps and moving them in circular motion and dedicating their act to the Divine. Bhajan (songs with religious theme) are sung by devotees during the Aarati, creating blissful surrounding. The Aarati starts at 6 pm every evening. Monday is considered the right day to worship Lord Shiva ensuring a large number of followers that day. This is a ritual that allows everyone to be a part of it and creates an environment of union of God and the devotees. Aarati is marked by hailing for the wellness of every living soul and thanking God for his kindness.
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  • 4 hours
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1 day Kathmandu World Heritage guided tour group join fixed departure everyday

1 day Kathmandu World Heritage guided tour group join fixed departure everyday

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This is a Group Joining sharing Trip organized by Nepaltrekstour.com. This tour is a conducted by experienced Tour professionals and guides working in Nepal for more than 10 years. We want to show you the main cultural and historical sites of Kathmandu Valley in 1 day. The tour will take 6 to 7 hours. This is a sharing tour and we do introduction with each other before the tour. You can have fun traveling with your new friend which you just made in Kathmandu for the whole day. We are fun loving person that's why we are in a tour business so our idea is to provide you fun along with your travel.
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Take in Nepal's rich heritage on a private full-day tour of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Your private guide takes you to the Durbar Squares, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and more. Learn about the history and significance of each place as you explore the Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites with your guide. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Kathmandu. Entrance fees are at your expense.
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Cultural highlights round trip Nepal in 10 days

Cultural highlights round trip Nepal in 10 days

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Save yourself days of advance planning by opting for a 10-day tour of Nepal, during which your guide takes care of transfers, accommodation, and all activities. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour allows you to overcome the language barrier and reveals a local side of Nepal that most first-time visitors miss.
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Kathmandu World Heritage Full Day Culture Tour

Kathmandu World Heritage Full Day Culture Tour

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On this private tour of the Kathmandu Valley you’ll discover four UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupati Temple. Explore these landmarks with your own personal guide who describes the religious, historical and cultural significance of each location. A perfect introduction for first-time visitors to Nepal, this full-day trip offers a fantastic overview including round-trip hotel transport in the comfort of a private vehicle.
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5-Day Sunrise Tour in Kathmandu Near Everest

5-Day Sunrise Tour in Kathmandu Near Everest

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Make the most of a short trip to Nepal on this guided five-day tour around the Kathmandu Valley. It combines the cultural highlights of the city and the natural, more rural outskirts. Tour this busy, often congested city without the stress of walking or hailing taxis on your own. Even on a short trip you can enjoy spectacular sunrise views of the Himalaya, on this tour. Accommodation, breakfast, and airport transfers are included.
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Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour

Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour

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See the temples of Kathmandu on a private tour of Nepal's bustling capital. Immerse in the rich architecture of Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath stupa (aka Monkey Temple), both UNESCO World Heritage sites. View the old royal palace and hear about the former Kathmandu Kingdom from your personal guide. Visit highlights such as Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Lunch and round-trip transport by private vehicle are included.
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  • 6 hours
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$90.00
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Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu

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Explore the religious traditions of Kathmandu during this half-day visit to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, a renowned Hindu temple, and the Tibetan Buddhist site at Boudhanath Stupa. Join your knowledgeable guide at these two iconic spiritual centers, witnessing the hum of daily activity and learning about Buddhism and Hinduism along the way. Want to earn some extra karma? Visit a local palm-reader for an optional reading. This small group visit, limited to just 12 guests, also includes site entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Tour of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples in Kathmandu

Private Half-Day Tour of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples in Kathmandu

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Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu on a half-day tour with your own private guide. Head first to Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destination in Nepal, and observe temple activities from the banks of the Bagmati River. Next, view the historic Guhyeshwari Temple on your way to Boudhanath Stupa, a sacred place of Buddhist worship for both Nepalis and Tibetans. Your guide shares the history of each site and Nepal's spiritual traditions on a tour includes private vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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Kathmandu Half-Day Tour (Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa)

Kathmandu Half-Day Tour (Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa)

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Cover two world-famous UNESCO-listed sites during this action-packed, half-day tour of Kathmandu. Perfect for first-time visitors or anyone short on time, the tour takes you by private car to two of Nepal’s holiest attractions: the sprawling Hindu complex of Pashupati, dedicated to Shiva, Nepal’s patron deity, and the largest Buddhist stupa in the world in Boudhanath. Choose from multiple departure times.
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  • 4 hours
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$70.00
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Kathmandu Day Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Tour

Kathmandu Day Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Tour

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Get a comprehensive tour of Kathmandu, focused on its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in a single day. With a guide in the lead, you'll follow a curated itinerary designed to show you the best of the city, including Swoyambhu, Patan Durbar Square, Bouddha and Pashupati. Your guide will provide primer on Nepali culture and tradition through narration as you travel.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$45.00
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3 Days Kathmandu Cultural Tour

3 Days Kathmandu Cultural Tour

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Travel through the Kathmandu Valley on a 2-night private tour of five UNESCO World Heritage sites: Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey Temple). This sightseeing itinerary is designed for first-time visitors wishing to cover the major highlights of Kathmandu. You’ll step back in history with a personal guide who shares insightful commentary about each Hindu or Buddhist architectural masterpiece. Stay overnight at Hotel Bliss International in the Thamel neighborhood. Includes daily breakfast and round-trip airport transfer by private vehicle.
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  • 3 days
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$160.00
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Nepal and Bhutan Cultural Tour

Nepal and Bhutan Cultural Tour

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Nepal and Bhutan Cultural Tour is about exploring all the beautiful aspects and experience all the delights of both countries. In this tour activities like traveling by vehicle through the Bhutanese countryside, with optional walks and day hikes to visit temples, monasteries and villages. At the same time it includes other activities like visiting museum, handicraft shops and weekend market where you will be introduce to Bhutanese and Nepalese culture like food and eating habit and basic etiquette of both countries.
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  • 10 days
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Kathmandu Pokhara Tour - 5 Days

Kathmandu Pokhara Tour - 5 Days

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Travelers with just a short stay in Nepal will enjoy this private five-day tour of the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys. The two most popular (and populous) cities in Nepal are full of culture and history, and are surrounded by nature, farmland, and enormous mountains. On this private tour you can pick and choose the sites that interest you most, without wasting time figuring out how to get around.
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8-Day Private Tour To Lumbini and Pokhara from Kathmandu

8-Day Private Tour To Lumbini and Pokhara from Kathmandu

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This eight-day tour is the easy way to visit some of Nepal’s most beautiful and important cultural and religious sites. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and Lumbini (the birthplace of the Buddha), and be amazed by the gorgeous mountain and lake scenery of Pokhara. You’ll cover more ground than you would if traveling independently, and learn a lot from your English-speaking guide. Receive personalized attention, as this is a private tour.
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