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Explore The Divine Magic At Pashupatinath Temple In Nepal!

By Mukti Shah on Jun 6, 2023
Themes:  Interesting Facts  | Category: Places To Visit | Country:  Nepal

When it comes to popular temples outside of India, the most well-known Hindu temple in the Indian subcontinent is the Pashupatinath Temple. This Hindu temple in Kathmandu is dedicated to Lord Pashupati – an incarnation of Shiva – as the lord of animals.

The Pashupatinath Temple is bustling with color and sanctity. This temple said to grant the wishes of devoted worshippers, is one of the most sacred of all the shrines in the country.  This temple is not only a sanctuary for believers but a secret gem for history fans.

This sprawling temple complex in the center of Kathmandu runs on both sides of the Bagmati River. Evening Aarti near the blazing ghats will transport you on a ceremonial trip through the cycle of life and death. As you set on a Nepal tourism adventure with one of our Nepal tour packages make sure to visit this awe-inspiring temple in your itinerary.

Why is Pashupatinath Temple famous?

Pashupatinath Temple Nepal

Pashupatinath Temple is renowned as one of the most important temples in the world. This iconic Hindu temple is both spiritual and historical. As the home of Lord Pashupatinath, an incarnation of Lord Shiva, it draws numerous believers and curious tourists. Inside the Pashupatinath temple, check out the intricate architecture, rituals, and ceremonies that celebrate devotion and faith. The temple’s appeal is enhanced by its tranquil setting along the famous Bagmati River. The Pashupatinath temple is the main temple in this region. However, the complex contains several little temples. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas is the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal. It is well-known as a significant pilgrimage site.

How to Reach Pashupatinath Temple

The journey to Pashupatinath Temple is simple and quick for tourists. You can visit this temple through various modes of transportation. Tribhuvan International Airport is only a short distance away if you opt for a flight. From there, take a cab to reach directly to the temple. Local buses and taxis give easy options for commuting for those who are already in Kathmandu. The temple is just 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the banks of the Bagmati River. You can also reach by bus from most Indian cities.

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Best Time to Visit  Pashupatinath Temple

The best times to visit the Pashupatinath Temple are around major regional celebrations, such as Maha Shiv Ratri, Teej, etc. The best months to go to the temple are October through December. The weather is lovely and dry with clear skies at this time of year. If you go during Maha Shiv Ratri, which occurs in March or February, the weather might be quite hot.

Places to visit near Pashupatinath Temple

Nepal Pashupatinath Temple

There are numerous fascinating places to visit near Pashupatinath Temple. The Pashupatinath Temple is one of the rare places where you may see Hindus doing their last rites. To view funerals and cremations, some people may climb up the hills surrounding the temple.

  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Guhyeshwari Temple
  • Thamel
  • Garden of Dreams
  • Western Cremation Ghats
  • Dakshinkali Temple
  • Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Gorakhnath Temple

Top things to do near Pashupatinath Temple

There are numerous things to do in and near the Pashupatinath Temple. These activities around Pashupatinath Temple provide a range of experiences to explore the spiritual, cultural, and historical aspects of Nepal. A few are mentioned below:

  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa
  • Explore the historical and cultural wonders of Durbar Square
  • Explore the bustling streets of Thamel.
  • Discover the ancient city of Patan and its Durbar Square
  • Take a peaceful stroll around the serene gardens of the Garden of Dreams.
  • Visit the sacred Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Explore the rich artistic heritage of Nepal at the Patan Museum.
  • Experience a traditional Newari feast in one of the authentic restaurants near Pashupatinath.
  • Take a day trip to Nagarkot hill station.
  • Attend a yoga or meditation class.

Hotels near Pashupatinath Temple

Listings below are some best hotels near the Pashupatinath Temple:

  • The Dwarika’s Hotel
  • Pashupati Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
  • Hotel Tibet International
  • Kathmandu Marriott Hotel
  • Radisson Hotel Kathmandu
  • Basera Boutique Hotel
  • Baber Mahal Vilas – The Heritage Hotel
  • Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu
  • Himalayan Suite Hotel

Tips on visiting Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupatinath temple nepal tourism

  • Visit early at 4 a.m. to witness the opening rite, during which the temple’s western entrance is opened to pilgrims and tourists.
  • Visit after 8:30 a.m. to see the jewel-encrusted idol.
  • At 10 a.m. worshippers can request Farmayishi Puja in their name.
  • Visit the Bagmati River banks after six o’clock in the evening to watch the Varanasi-style Bagmati Ganga aarti.
  • The Bagmati River is the site of open-air cremations. You might come across burning bodies while you are there.
  • The inner temple area is open from 0400 to 2100 hours daily.
  • You can visit the lingam from 0500 to 1200 and 1700 to 1900 hours.
  • Circumambulation of the temple or other sacred place should be in a clockwise manner.
  • Within the temple, do not eat or drink anything that is not vegetarian or alcoholic.
  • In restricted areas, do not take photos without permission.
  • It is forbidden for a devotee to enter the innermost Garbhagriha. They are permitted to view the idol from the outer sanctum’s grounds.
  • The larger temple complex is open to everyone, but only Hindus are permitted into the main temples.


A trip to the Pashupatinath Temple is an incredible experience to explore the vivid tapestry of the spiritual and cultural history of Nepal. This temple provides an immersive experience for visitors. The Pashupatinath temple is very significant to the people of Kathmandu, as it is considered the entrance to Nirvana and the route to the afterlife. With the assistance of Flamingo Transworld, you can make the most of your time visiting this sacred site. Our assistance and support will make your travel even more enjoyable and effortless. If you want to learn more about Hindu culture and have an out-of-this-world experience, I highly recommend including this temple in your Nepal itinerary!

FAQs Regarding Pashupatinath Temple

How far is Pashupatinath temple from Kathmandu?

In Kathmandu itself, you may find the Pashupatinath Temple. Visitors may readily access it because it is just 5 kilometers east of the city center.

How much is the entry fee for Pashupatinath temple?

The entrance to the Pashupatinath Temple is free for Indian tourists. The entrance fees are NPR 1000 for foreign nationals and all SAARC country residents.

What is the timing of Darshan at Pashupatinath temple in Nepal?

Every day from 4 AM to 9 PM, the inner temple area is open. From 5 AM to 12 PM and from 5 PM to 7 PM, devotees can visit the lingam.

What is the dress code for Pashupatinath temple?

Visitors to the Pashupatinath Temple have to dress modestly and with respect. Cover shoulders, chests, and knees for both men and women. Avoid wearing low-cut or short outfits, and carry a shawl or scarf to cover any exposed skin if necessary.

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Mukti Shah
Mukti Shah

Hi, This is Mukti Shah (Social Media Head-Flamingo Travels) I can say I am a lawyer turned travel curator. I completed my BBA in Finance and Marketing from HL college, Ahmedabad University. Later on, I moved to Mumbai to pursue Law. Currently, I work as Social Media Head at Flamingo group of companies as I believe that the Travel and tourism industry is no exception to digital transformation. Social media platforms give travel operators the chance to improve the customer experience.

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