Pashupatinath is Lord Shiva, in the form of the Lord of Animals. Despite many of the smaller shrines being affected and damaged by the 2015 earthquake, the main shrine that houses Pashupatinath remained undamaged during the Earthquake further exhibiting the power and magnificence of Lord Shiva. Whether you want to purchase colourful marigolds, prasad, sweet-smelling incense, rudraksha beads, glass Shivlings or a plethora of other fascinating objects, Pashupatinath is absolutely the place to go. Pashupatinath is usually included as a part of the Nepal yatra Package.
Places to Visit at Pashupatinath
There are a number of stunning views that Pashupatinath offers apart from the main shrine. Some of the must visit and not miss sights are as follows.
- Western Cremation Ghats
- The Eastern Ghats.
- The Religious Market.
- The Guhyeshwari Temple.
- The Bacchareswari Temple.
- The various little shrines of Shiva.
- The magical viewpoint at Pashupatinath.
- Hanuman Dhoka, in Kathmandu which is a stunning royal palace;
- ItumBahal, in Kathmandu, a Buddhist Monastery Courtyard which is tremendously picturesque;
- The Garden of Dreams, which as the name suggests is a garden of absolute dreams and an amazing place to visit;
- The AsanTole, A cultural experience of a lifetime, it is a marketplace that sells everything from exotic spices to dried fish;
- Indira Chowk, another magnificent marketplace that truly brings out the culture, and colours of Kathmandu;
- The Durbar Square, A fabulous depiction of the Durbar, or the kings square. The durbar square unfortunately suffered damage during the earthquake but is still a magnificent spot to visit;
- The Nasal Chowk, A courtyard that is so splendorous in architecture that you are unlikely to forget the experience in a lifetime.
Day 01 – Kathmandu
Meeting at airport upon arrival by NTP Person. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley is the political and cultural heart of the Kingdom. The urban sprawl that makes up modern Kathmandu is in fact two cities, Patan and Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 – Kathmandu
This morning you will be taken for a visit of the Hindu culture in Nepal, Pashupatinath. This is the place where holy saddhus pray and cremations on the Bagmati River are carried out. We then continue to the holiest shrine for the Buddhist culture in Nepal, Bouddhanath, with its large stupa, this is the place where all devout Buddhists come for a pilgrimage.
Day 03 – Kathmandu
Today you will be taken take you for a visit to Patan. Also known as Lalitpur, the city of beauty is separated from Kathmandu only by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. Lalitpur is fragmented from other cities due to its substantive architectural ancient masterpieces. Patan’s central Durbar Square is absolutely packed with temples: It’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. Within the city also lies the Tibetan refugee center, home to most of the valley’s Tibetan population. While technically refugees, the Tibetans are some of the wealthiest people in the valley because of the carpet industry they operate. For those looking to bring home a fine Tibetan carpet, this is the place to shop. You will then go to Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps.
Day 04 – Kathmandu / Airport
Morning will be comparatively free and closer to the time of your flight you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.