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Pashupatinath Temple

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One of Nepal’s most sacred Hindu shrines is a fascinating temple complex known for its beautiful pagoda architecture, monuments and shrines.

Pashupatinath Temple is a religious complex that straddles the holy Bagmati River. It honors Pashupati, the Lord of Animals and a manifestation of the Hindu god Shiva. For many Hindu followers, this is one of the holiest temples in Nepal. Admire shrines, statues and the rich decoration of temple exteriors and mingle with religious devotees and holy men. As a popular site for funerals, you may even see an open-air cremation by the river.

Wander around the complex to see centuries-old temples and shrines dedicated to Shiva. Access to the imposing main temple is for Hindus only, but you can study the two-tiered pagoda temple's gilt and silver-plated doors, carvings of deities and golden spire. Visit the temple of Vasuk and the temple of Brahma, which dates back to the ninth century. Stop by the Dharmashila, a stone where people take sacred oaths.

Watch pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines and elaborately dressed holy men, known as sadhus, meditating outside the temples.

Go to the temple’s ghats, the riverside stone steps where people come to bathe and local women wash clothes. Funeral pyres can often be seen here as families perform religious rituals and prepare deceased loved ones for open-air cremations. In fact, many elderly Hindus come to the temple every year to spend the last few weeks of their lives. They are then cremated by the river.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the busy marketplace, which surrounds the temple complex. Browse stalls with animated hawkers offering everything from incense to prayer beads and handmade icons of deities.

Pashupatinath Temple is about a 15-minute taxi ride from Kathmandu Durbar Square. Buses departing from Ratna Park also stop at the temple, but these are often crowded. 

The temple is open daily and admission charges apply. English-speaking guides are available for a supplementary fee. Early morning and during evening prayer time are good times to visit, because the complex is closed for most of the afternoon. Temple authorities request that visitors dress appropriately for a religious site and refrain from taking photos of the ghats. 


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Hyatt Regency Kathmandu ¥14,219
Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

Taragaon Boudha, Gpo Box 9609, Kathmandu
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Kathmandu resort is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Charumati Stupa and Boudhanath. Pashupatinath Temple and Garden of Dreams are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Yatri Suites and Spa, Kathmandu ¥6,500
    Yatri Suites and Spa, Kathmandu

    Yatri Suites and Spa, Kathmandu

    Amrit Marg, Thamel (Manang Plaza), Kathmandu, Bagmati
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Thamel, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Durbar Marg, Garden of Dreams, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

      Hotel Yak & Yeti ¥11,321
      Hotel Yak & Yeti

      Hotel Yak & Yeti

      Durbar Marg, Kathmandu
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Kathmandu, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Durbar Marg and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple and Garden of Dreams are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        Kailash Kuti Inn

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        Guru Marga, Kathmandu, Central Development Region
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Gaushala, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charumati Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Boudhanath and Garden of Dreams are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hotel Narayana ¥2,988
          Hotel Narayana

          Hotel Narayana

          nfront of Pashupatinath Temple, GAUSHALA, Kathmandu
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kathmandu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guhyeshwari Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Boudhanath and Garden of Dreams are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Pashupati Boutique Hotel & Spa ¥4,575
            Pashupati Boutique Hotel & Spa

            Pashupati Boutique Hotel & Spa

            Bijay Chwok, Pinglasthan, Gaushala, Near Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Province No. 3
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Gaushala, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guhyeshwari Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Boudhanath and Garden of Dreams are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              SPOT ON 633 Hotel Surya International ¥1,124
              SPOT ON 633 Hotel Surya International

              SPOT ON 633 Hotel Surya International

              Pashupatinath Road,, Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Bagmati
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                The Dwarika's Hotel ¥28,071
                The Dwarika's Hotel

                The Dwarika's Hotel

                Battisputali, Kathmandu
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Nepal Golf Course and Pashupatinath Temple. Boudhanath and Garden of Dreams are also within 3 mi (5 km).