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Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple April 13th 2015

Today was the start of our tour group with a half day tour around some of the historical sites around Kathmandu. Not a good start to the day with light rain falling & then found i'd left my camera in the room. Then we found our guide for the day was difficult to understand so I tended to turn off listening. First stop was Pashupatinatinath site including a sacred temple for both Hindus & buddhists. As it is based alongside the Bagmati river it is also the main site for funeral services with 3 funerals occurring including one funeral pyre well alight. All the while monkeys are running amock & so called holy men posing for photos for a small fee. No photos as I left camera in room but still not sure what to make ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple July 5th 2013

Today was our last day in Nepal. Funny how you can stay put in a country for almost 4 weeks and start to feel comfortable with it and start feeling like it's a home away from home. Now our time here has come to an end, but we've really loved our time in Nepal and the people have been just so amazingly friendly and helpful. We will definitely have to come back again!! We are sad to leave but there's less excitement when things become comfortable, so it's time to move on and explore new lands! Anyways, we planned to spend our last day visiting the last few sites we hadn't been to. We woke up and had a leisurely breakfast and then around 10:45, a bunch of us (us, Nasrin, Erik, Katie and Pauline) hired ... read more
The Group in front of the BIG Stupa
Practising our Photo-Bombing Skills
Happy to See the Stupa

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple April 7th 2013

Pasupathinath, is one of the significant sacred Hindu place in praise of Lord Shiva, the temple served as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pasupathinath. Shree Pashupatinath, therefore, means the Respected Protector and Lord of all living things. It is nestled on the banks of Bagmati River. There are many Lingams displayed on the hills facing the crematory area. When I went there I saw some activities of cremation going on. My new friend, Mr Nainna showed me the place where cremation took place. It was sad to see the dead and the mourners, spending some moments with the decease for the last time was actually quite painful. But what more painful for me to see was the river dried up totally really hit my heart. "Where did the water go?" I came to hear ... read more
Pasupathinath
Pasupathinath
Pasupathinath

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple March 8th 2013

Today we spent the whole day walking from the center of Kathmandu to the outskirt of the city in order to go visit some of the big Temples, Monasteries and Stupa; a long 8 hours hike that took up from the busy and quite commercial Indu temple of Pashupatinth, the Budhit Bodnath temple, Gokarna Mahadev temple and finally the famous Kopan Budhist Monastery.... read more
Local taxis
Spice shop
Street veg market

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple April 22nd 2012

Back in Kathmandu wrapping up the remainder of the trip. The original plan was to spend the last few days in India, however I came to find out we were not able to obtain a visa at the border and needed to go back to Kathmandu to the Indian Embassy. I went into a panic mode for a bit, because visas sometimes take a week to obtain, it was the weekend, the embassy was closed, and we needed to fly out on Monday to make our connection. India has a transit visa, which is only valid for three days, and allows you to travel through India. Several people, including our local travel agent, said we did not need one if we did not leave the airport and flew directly to Delhi, but there seems to be ... read more

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple February 27th 2012

Sveglia presto e camminata fino al consolato , ma grande sorpresa lo troviamo chiuso . gran delusione , tutta sta corsa ( si presuppone per il capodanno cinese ) torniamo domani ...che palle Alla fine troviamo un bus per finire a pashuputinat temple , dove bruciano i morti .Posto sacro ma il turista paga un salasso .mortacci loro ...e non si vede un gran che .Molte parti chiuse ai stranieri e molti appiccicosi che cercano soldi .Alla fine vaghiamo qui e poi camminiamo fino a bodhnath , molto piu gradevole e rientro con mini bus del calvario , accovacciato per 10 minuti stavo perdendo l'uso dell gambe. . ammuchiati in una ventina dentro un vanette ...Per fortuna che sono cosi gentile che sono scesi 2 davanti e ci hanno fatto prendere il posto in prima fila ... read more
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manifestazione nepalese
Polizia controlla la situazione

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple March 3rd 2011

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple November 11th 2010

Pashupatinath is the most sacred temple for Hindu's in Nepal, and supposedly the most auspicious place for a Hindu to be cremated after Varanasi in India. It's location suprised me in that it is positioned extremely close to Tribhuvan Airport and on a rather uninspiring stretch of the Bagmati river which was extremely polluted. Having said that the place is obviously sacred and on the day we visited seemed a hive of religious activity with the temple area itself, the bridge across and the platforms opposite from where we observed, completely lined with people. The strong smells wafting up from the cremations and the eerie sound of solitary bells made this place instantly quite inforgettable. My guide very delicately explained the preparations and routines that families undertake when a relative dies. The male family members will ... read more
Cremation on the riverbank
Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath Temple

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple September 27th 2010

Today was a really good day. I met the last of my Gap trip friends for breakfast and we headed to the powerhouse of Hindu spirituallity - Pashupatinath Temple. A short taxi ride later, we were there and we quickly befriended a guide who was full of interesting facts. Sadly no non-Hindus are allowed in the temple, but I managed to snap a few photos from outside. Pashupatinath Temple worships the God Shiva as the Lord of the Beasts. On the front of the temple was Shiva's son, Ganesh and on the other side, Ganesh's brother (who's name I forget). Apparently all Hindus at some point in the lives, make a pilgramage to this temple from all over the world. Despite not being allowed in the temple, the grounds were huge and we walked to the ... read more
Pashapatinath Temple
Lord Shiva's realm
The river where the cremations take place

Asia » Nepal » Kathmandu » Pashupatinath Temple November 29th 2009

The next day we met up with the people on our Everest Base Camp tour. Chris from Wellington, NZ and Louise and Dave from Chester in the UK. We were introduced to Padesh our Kathmandu guide for the day. He took us out to Pashupatinath. This is Nepal’s most important Hindu temple on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The river is considered holy despite how polluted it is. The most interesting part was the cremation ghats along the river which are used for open air cremations. The bodies are wrapped in shrouds with garlands and laid along the river bank for the ceremony before being cremated on wooden pyres. While we were there we witnessed a few of these cremation ceremonies. Quite amazing and not as disturbing as we had imagined. Next stop was ... read more
Tibetan Buddhist Stupa, Bodhnath
Tibetan Buddhist Stupa, Bodhnath




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