Welcome to Pashupatinath


At first glance, Pashupatinath might not look that sacred – the temple is just a few hundred metres from the end of the runway at Tribhuvan Airport, overlooking a particularly polluted stretch of the Bagmati. However, in religious terms this is a powerhouse of Hindu spiritual energy, and is closely connected to Shiva in the form of Pashupati, the Lord of Animals.

Some surrounding minor shrines were damaged in the 2015 earthquake, but the main mandir (temple) was unscathed.


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$58 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kathmandu Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour

Meet your guide at the centrally located Kathmandu Guest House and hop on a local bus to Pashupatinath, a significant Hindu temple devoted to the god Shiva. Your expert guide will explain the Hindu spiritual beliefs surrounding the cycle of birth and death. You’ll also have the chance to interact with the colorfully dressed Sadhu monks. Learn why the holy men give up worldly goods to signify devotion and liberation. Outside the 17th-century temple, along the banks of the Bagmati River, cremation ceremonies regularly take place. Respect mourning families by refraining from photos or watching the ritual. Next, travel by local transport for a short distance to Bodhnath. The shrine is an important religious site for Tibetan Buddhists, and one of the only places in the world that you can see the daily routines of Tibetan monks. The stupa sits along a historic trade route that stretches across Lhasa, Tibet, Nepal and India. Today, people still come to Bodhnath to pray before undertaking a daunting journey such as climbing the Himalayas. Marvel at one of the world’s largest stupas as your guide explains Tibetan traditions. You might even see pilgrims spin prayer wheels as they circle the stupa. You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with resident monks about Buddhism and the practices you witness at Bodhnath. After wrapping up at Bodhnath, enjoy a relaxing lunch at a nearby rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the stupa (own expense). Then walk to the home of a renowned astrologer who will do a reading for you (own expense), if you wish! After an enlightening day exploring Kathmandu’s spiritual side, your guide returns you to your hotel.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kathmandu City Tour | Sightseeing Day Tour of Kathmandu City

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionBoudha Nath StupaDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionMonkey TempleDuration: 1 hourStop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionPashupatiDuration: 1 hourStop At: Pashupati Nath, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionPashupatiDuration: 1 hourStop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionKathmandu durbar squareDuration: 1 hourStop At: Kumari Chowk, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionkumariDuration: 15 minutesPass By: Thamel, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionThamelPass By: Breakfree Adventures Nepal | Everest base camp helicopter tour with landing | Ebc heli tour priceMeet your city guide at the hotel lobby and drive towards the Kathmandu Durbar Square. This medieval square is a historical landmark of the valley with many religious temples, shrines and palaces. The old palace here used to be the royal palace and center of power of the kings during the eighteenth century and earlier. There’s a handicraft open market inside the square area with wide range of things on sale. Next you will drive to Swoyambhunath located on a hill top. It’s also popularly known as ‘Monkey Temple’ due to large number of monkeys residing in it’s forested area. You can observe a full panoramic view of the entire Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding mountains can be observed from here. There are several other temples and shrines around Swoyambhunath. Your next stop is the Hindu temple of Lord Shiva ‘Pashupatinath’ located on the banks of holy Bagmati River. The four large gates of the temple are silver and gilt-plated and richly carved with images of deities. There are several other Hindu temples around Pashupatinath area. The bank of the Bagmati River is also the cremations ground for Hindus. Continue the sightseeing to Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa, closer to Pashupatinath Temple which will be around 20 minutes as per the traffic. This is the largest and holiest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Later on you will be then transferred back to your hotel.

$32 Cultural & Theme Tours

Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples Private Half-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionThe Pashupatinath Temple is a famous and sacred Hindu temple complex that is located on the banks of the Bagmati River, approximately 5 kilometres north-east of Kathmandu in the eastern part of Kathmandu Valley, the capital of Nepal. The temple serves as the seat of Nepal's national deity, Lord Pashupatinath. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionBoudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Duration: 2 hours

$70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Kathmandu Valley Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionA Hindu Temple situated in the Bagmati river bank. It is also the crematorium, where one can see the cremation of people in the Hindu religion. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionBoudhanath Stupa is one of the largest Buddhist Stupa in South Asia. The mammoth stupa is one of the major attractions for the Buddhist. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionAnother Buddhist Stupa inside Kathmandu Valley, it is widely popular as The Monkey Temple. The stupa is located at the top of the hill and offers picturesque view of Kathmandu valley. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionAn ancient palace place and the place of Kumari. A place with history and a place of rich Medieval architecture of Nepal. Duration: 2 hours

$125 Tours & Sightseeing

Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Including Bhaktapur

We Begins with Kathmandu Durbar square which is the nearest destination from thamel, a local touristic place in Kathmandu.The Durbar square is home to a house full of woodcarvings of different gods and goddesses. In this 3-story palace you will also find the living Goddess Kumari. Both Hindus and Buddhists venerate her, and she serves as an illustration of the harmony between the Hindu and Buddhist people.One of the popular temples of Kathmandu Durbar Square is Kashamandap, locally known as Maru Sattal is completely collapse by the recently earthquake in Nepal on 25th of April. It is believed that the name of Kathmandu City is derived from the name of this temple, and it is said that this temple is built by one single Sal (sorea robusta) tree. At the center of this temple, one can see the statue of a Hindu god Gorakhnath and in the 4 corners of the temple one can see Ganesh statues.After Durbar square drive 30 mins west to vist Swayambhunath. Swayambhunath is a 2,500-year-old Stupa situated overlooking Kathmandu Valley. Its name comes from the holy monkey living in part of the complex. The painted eyes on 4 sides symbolize the all-seeing eyes of Buddha, and the site is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites.From Swyambhunath we drive about another 30 mins to Pashupatinath is a temple of Lord Shiva and the most sacred of the 275 Shiva temples worldwide. It is also the oldest temple in Kathmandu. The Bagmati River runs alongside the temple, and is the site not only of pilgrims who bathe in the river, but also contains a special area where members of the royal family are cremated.Drive to Boudhanath Stupa takes about 20 mins from Pashupatinath, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the biggest in the world. It is the most important pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists, who come here by the thousands during the winter festival to pay their respect.Before we drive to the last destination of our tour Bhaktapur city, we 'll have a lunch at restaurant around Boudhanath Stupa. After lunch we'll dive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is an old Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. The square houses the 55-window palace, which was home to royalty until 1769 but is now a National Gallery. Close by is the Golden Gate, which leads into Mulchok Court, home to the Taleju Temple. This temple, like others in the main towns of the Kathmandu Valley, is dedicated to the goddess Taleju. Entrance to the temple is restricted to Hindus.Drive back to Kathmandu takes about only 45 mins, if you had arrived at the Bhaktapur a little earlier than we've expected because of less traffic jam, then you can spend some more time in this beautiful Bhaktapur city.

$49 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kathmandu city sightseeing

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionKathmandu Durbar Square is the ancient of the old kings with royal palaces, shrines, temples.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionSwayambhunath is a Buddhist Stupa located atop hill providing Kathmandu Valley view and also popularly known as 'Monkey temple'.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionPashupatinath is the Hindu temple of Lord Shiva located at the holy Bagmati River.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, Kathmandu Valley, Bagmati Zone, Central RegionBoudhanath is the biggest Buddhist Stupa inside the Kathmandu Valley located closer to Pashupatinath Temple.Duration: 2 hours

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