Attractions

Hindu Temple in Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath Temple

Undiminished by the earthquake, the pagoda-style Pashupatinath temple was constructed in 1696 but this has been a site of Hindu and Buddhist worship for far longer. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the compound of t…
Hindu Site in Pashupatinath

Eastern Ghats

Pashupatinath's ghats are often full of life and it's worth taking a few minutes to absorb it all. Devotees ritually bathe in the dubious-looking waters of the Bagmati, holy men perform rituals on the stone steps an…
Hindu Site in Pashupatinath

Cremation Ghats

Despite being clogged with garbage and black with pollution, the fetid Bagmati River is actually an extremely sacred river; Pashupatinath is the Nepali equivalent of Varanasi on the sacred River Ganges. The crematio…
Hindu Temple in Pashupatinath

Guhyeshwari Temple

The path drops out of the forest to the large, courtyard-style Guhyeshwari Temple, built by King Pratap Malla in 1653 and dedicated to Parvati (the wife of Shiva) in her terrible manifestation as Kali. The temple su…
Hindu Temple in Pashupatinath

Gorakhnath Temple

Turning left at the top of the hill will take you to the towering red-and-white shikhara (temple with tall corn cob–like spire) of the Gorakhnath Temple, which survived the quake with minor damage, dedicated to the …
Hindu Temple in Pashupatinath

Vishwarup Temple

The steps continue up the hill from the terraces to a convenient cafe and another huge complex of lingam shrines on the edge of the forest that is well worth exploring. There are more than 50 shrines here and the va…
Hindu Site in Pashupatinath

Shiva Shrines

Two footbridges cross the Bagmati in front of the Pashupatinath Temple, entering a garden of stone terraces covered in dozens of small Shiva shrines. These one-room temples are often used as lodgings by wandering sa…
Hindu Site in Pashupatinath

Nandi Statue

From the main gate on the west side of the compound, you can view the mighty golden behind of an enormous brass statue of Nandi, Shiva’s bull. Inside the shrine, hidden from view, is a black, four-headed image of Pa…
Viewpoint in Pashupatinath

Viewpoint

This hilltop spot offers bird's eye views over the otherwise off-limits Pashupatinath Temple. Look for the enormous golden trident on the northern side of the temple and the golden figure of the king kneeling in pra…
Hindu Temple in Pashupatinath

Bachhareshwari Temple

Between the two groups of ghats on the west bank of the Bagmati is this small, 6th-century temple, decorated with Tantric figures, skeletons and erotic scenes. It is said that human sacrifices were once made at this…