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Address: Bagmati River, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

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Interesting Cultural Experience

We were interested in learning about how the Nepali culture deals with death and bodies of deceased loved ones, and our guide suggested this visit. They have sites along the... read more

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Hobart
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visit to the Crematoria was an eye opening experience. Very glad we did it, I now understand more fully the process. Didn't take any pictures as it felt inappropriate.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were interested in learning about how the Nepali culture deals with death and bodies of deceased loved ones, and our guide suggested this visit. They have sites along the riverbank where families or workers actually light the wrapped bodies on fire in the open air. When the bodies are done burning, all of the ashes are pushed into the... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a little disturbing to start with, we were not aware what was happening initially, until our guide explained. Coming from NZ we are not used to seeing public cremations and these are private to us. It was a great way to get to understand another culture and experience something we have seen before, something that is so very personal. There... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wondering around the greater area of the Pashupatinath Temple near dusk we blundered onto the outdoor crematoria, unaware of what was unfolding in front of us. Once you realise you are transfixed, flooded with images of all the National Geographic specials on India and the Ganges. It turns out that this rocky stream at the Crematorium eventually flows into the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the Pashupatinath Temple’s crematorium locates on the northern bank of Bagmati River, is where the Hindu tradition funeral taking place. Only people with Hindu religious are allowed to attend the crematory. The deceased body was covered by yellow cloth and put on one of Ghats along the river bank. It may take hours to have the deceased body burn into... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an excellent guide to this area which includes not only the crematoria but also the holiest of Hindu temples where non-Hindus are not allowed to visit. While I was there a number of cremations were taking place, and it was touching to watch the processes involved. I found it an authentic experience of another culture's way of honouring... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a guide with us who was able to explain the beliefs and traditions behind what they believe and the significance of cremations; without that it would have been pretty boring. In the same way that I have no touristy inclination to see "lions killing other animals" I have no desire to see a real cremation (what we saw... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Crematoria is where the dead are cremated. Once you get past the sellers you can see the bodies being burned as well as the hospice where people come to die. Definitely something to see in order to understand the culture better

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Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see spot. Very interesting to see especially for Westerns. Hopefully you get to experience an actual cremation. So different to see this place. Again this is a must see!

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Settle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A personal view: if intruding on the grief of others, and waving your camera around in their faces, is your thing, then suit yourself. I prefer to accept that there are times when my presence is not appropriate

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