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.

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Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Breakfree Adventures - Private Day ToursBreakfree Adventures (You can stop by to collect Breakfree Adventures free T-shirt)Stop At: Boudhanath StupaBoudha Nath StupaDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Swayambhunath TempleMonkey TempleDuration: 1 hourStop At: Pashupatinath TemplePashupatiDuration: 1 hourStop At: Pashupati NathPashupatiDuration: 1 hourStop At: Kathmandu Durbar SquareKathmandu durbar squareDuration: 1 hourStop At: Kumari ChowkkumariDuration: 15 minutesPass By: ThamelThamel

$32 Cultural & Theme Tours

Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temples Private Half-Day Tour

At 10am (or your requested departure time), you will be picked up from your hotel or from Kathmandu airport to begin your tour.Your first stop will be Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva. Pashupatinath has received the attention of worshippers for at least fifteen hundred years. Dedicated to Shiva the lord of Destruction, the temple is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River. A circuit of the Pashupatinath area takes visitors past a sixth century statue of the Buddha, an eighth century statue of Brahma the Creator freshly painted skeletal images guarding temple gates, and other magnificent temples dedicates to various deities in the complex.Near Pashupatinath is another historic and holy temple of Guhyeshwari. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple courtyard.Your last stop will be Boudhanath Temple (or Bodnath Stupa). This is the largest stupa in Nepal, which lies a further 2 km north from Pashupatinath Temple. It is also considered to be the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Learn about the many symbolism in the stupa's architecture Afterwards, you will be dropped off at the airport or back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

$50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Kathmandu Valley Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pashupatinath TempleA 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 StupaBoudhanath 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 TempleAnother 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 SquareAn 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.

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Kathmandu city sightseeing

Your city guide will meet you at your's hotel lobby at 9 am. Then drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square seated in a comfortable a/c vehicle. After exploring around the square, drive to Swayambhunath. Witness some great panorama of the Kathmandu Valley from it's top. In a clear day, you can also notice eastern Himalayas far behind. Do watch out for monkeys here as they can misbehave if you have any snacks in your hands. But a photo of them is certainly a great snap. Later, drive to Pashupatinath where you can observe many temples of Hindu Gods. At the banks of Bagmati River, there might be a funeral ritual going on. Finally, drive to Boudhanath and feel the enormity of the largest Buddhist Stupa. Have lunch at restaurant at the stupa's premise. (Lunch is on your own). Later on, we shall drop you off back to your hotel.

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