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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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Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
$59.94 per adult
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Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
This is a great tour and cover lots of very interesting places. The guide was nice and knowledge that she explain things in detail.
LoveTravel170969, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Kathmandu

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Excellent Aarati tour, and well-adapted to the inclement weather!
Michael_S, May 2022
Pashupatinath Aarati Trip from Kathmandu
This was a great tour of the Aarati ceremony at Pashupatinath. Our guide spoke excellent English, and was an expert at getting around Pashupatinath and the surrounding neighborhood, and at explaining the sites to us. It rained while we were there, so our guide suggested a great rooftop restaurant at the nearby Bodnath Stupa, then we went back for the ceremony once the rain stopped. Highly recommended!
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Shaila_L, Jul 2022
3 Hours Night Pashupatinath Aarati Tour
Very professional and knowledgeable guide. Navigating the temple was a breeze and transport was convenient.
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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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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