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“Seriously Amazing!”

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
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US$ 80.18*
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Ranked #154 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – popularly known as the Neasden Temple – is dedicated to the worship of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the millennia-old traditions of the Hindu faith. It is a masterpiece of traditional Hindu design and exquisite Indian workmanship in the heart of London. Using 5,000 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and Italian and Indian marble, it was hand-carved in India before being assembled in London in just 2½ years. Since its opening in 1995, this renowned place of worship has attracted close to half a million visitors annually. Come and marvel at the intricate carvings, experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony, or learn about the world’s oldest living faith. Enjoy hours of beauty, peace and discovery all year round. For a visual introduction, see this 3-minute video at https://youtu.be/duHXN6aEnak
Reviewed 16 January 2012

A bit of India right in London, the temple looks like it has been there for hundreds of years. The carved white marble is not only stunning on the outside, but the inside is even more breathtaking. Def worth a look during visiting hours (free) and there is a very good informational area on the history of Hinduism (small charge). There is a small shop inside selling Hindu books and devotional objects. Be prepared to leave your bags in the car or at the security booth across the street. Small bags for money are allowed. There is a security scan and you will need to remove your shoes, but areas are provided for this. The mandir is upstairs, but there are lifts for the less abled. People are extremely friendly and welcoming and if you're a fan of Indian food, check out the temple restaurant, Shayona, which is located in the car park. It's my current fave Indian food in London and it's completely vegetarian. I've been told that they make everything fresh within 3 hours of serving and you can certainly taste that. All in all a nice afternoon out for a bit of culture/history.

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Reviewed 6 January 2012

This temple is founded and run by a sect of Gujaratis and you will find the idols of the founders all over the place. So do not go with expecing to go to a Hindu temple, it is the place of worship of a religious sect built in the appearance of Hindu temple.

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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Outside of India, this is one of the most beautiful Hindu temples ever! The temple has intricate, colourful designs, and visitors are warmly welcomed! Public transport is available, but is not very accessible. If you can, try and go around Diwali to see the temple decorated and at its best!

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Reviewed 27 December 2011

The temple is really beautiful. There is a small exhibit on hindu religion on the first floor. If you decide to go - mind that it is really off the track - took us 2 hours to get there from the City and you should plan your transportation before hand. I was a bit disappointed I was not allowed to take pictures even at the yard of the temple. Nevertheless worth seeing and so different from anything you could see in Europe.

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5  Thank Pankova
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

Out of an industrial area rises the towers of the temple. Built and run by volunteers, just walking around is a peaceful and amazing experience. But they have added to this with a museum explaining their religion and a film that shows the temple being built, both of which were just the right length of time and detail and were very interesting. There is a great place to eat in the carpark and a nice shop for some souvenirs.

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