The Pashupatinah Temple. Photo by Luca Galuzzi.
Why visit Pashupatinah?
Pashupatinah is a significant Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, built in the east of Kathmandu about 400 AD, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where many ardent Hindus are cremated.
Previously only born Hindus were allowed to enter the temple but now other religions are permitted to enter the temple, though photos inside are forbidden. Get a guide for a fascinating and fully informed visit but fix a price first!
Beware that some visitors think that Pashupatinah is dirty, crowded and polluted.
A Hindu cremation.
Pashupatinath Temple is second only to Varanasi as a Hindu religious goal, the end of a long pilgrimage for many Indian sadhus and a big step towards a better next life, or even no life at all. Stoned, free and headed for nirvana in Katmandu.
Nagarkot view to the Himalayas. On a good day you can see Mt. Everest. Photo by electraacity.
Nagarkot is a dramatically and beautiful hiking base on the edge of the Kathmandu Valley, not far from Bhaktapur. 32 km north east of Kathmandu downtown, the region is famous for its Himalayan views, particularly at dawn.
Nagarkot is also fine hilltop location to acclimatize for high altitude hikes as it is at 7200 ft and is the transit point for Helambu and Lang-tang trekking.
It is also a good point for mini-trekking with several popular treks possible such as Sankhu, Changu Narayan, Dhulikhel, Sundarijal, Nala and more.