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Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Explore the religious traditions of Kathmandu during this half-day visit to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Pashupatinath, a renowned Hindu temple, and the Tibetan Buddhist site at Boudhanath Stupa. Join your knowledgeable guide at these two iconic spiritual centers, witnessing the hum of daily activity and learning about Buddhism and Hinduism along the way. Want to earn some extra karma? Visit a local palm-reader for an optional reading. This small group visit, limited to just 12 guests, also includes site entrance fees.
  • Cultural and spiritual tour of Kathmandu holy shrines that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enter Pashupatinath temple, an important destination where Hindus pay respects to the god Shiva
  • Learn about the beliefs and customs of the colorfully dressed Sadhus
  • Visit Boudhanath, one of the world's largest stupas
  • Enjoy lunch at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Boudhanath stupa (optional)
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Mingle with locals and experience two of Nepal's holiest sites in a single day.
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Local English-speaking guide
Entry fees to Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
Transportation from the meeting point to Boudhanath
Transportation from Pashupatinath temple to the end point
Lunch
Alms to holy men and monks
Gratuities
Dinner
Palm reader’s fees.

Departure Point

Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Hotel Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Learn about the practices of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal as you discover two UNESCO World Heritage-listed spiritual sites on this half-day tour from Kathmandu. It’s a sublime opportunity to immerse yourself in the longstanding traditions and beautiful temple architecture of these two ancient religions. Start your trip in the afternoon, leaving from Marshyangdi, Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu on a local taxi to the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal: the Boudhanath Stupa. Rotate the prayer wheels along with the locals as you circumnavigate the magnificent white spherical dome and offer prayers to Lord Buddha by lighting a traditional butter lamp.

After this spiritual experience, walk for around 15 minutes to Pashupatinath Temple a 17th century temple dedicated to the god Shiva. During your visit, your guide will share details about Hindu beliefs and explain the religion’s emphasis on the cycle of birth and death. You’ll also witness the colorful garb worn by the site’s Sadhu monks. Hear an explanation from your guide about the monk’s beliefs, which focus on sacrificing material possessions to profess their religious devotion. Just outside the entrance to Pashupatinath is the location of cremation ceremonies which take place along the edge of the Bagmati River. Out of respect for the mourning families, please refrain taking photos or watching these rituals. You can also get your future read by a local palm-reader! Witness one of many cremations along the banks of Bagmati River, and interact with soot-smeared, saffron-clad, dreadlocked Sadhus.

As the sun goes down, brace yourself to be overwhelmed by throngs of locals as they gather around on the banks of Bagmati River on the eastern side of Pashupatinath Temple. Watch along with them the mesmerizing every-day ritual called “Aarati,” which is an offering of lights to Lord Pashupatinath. Make sure you keep near your guide and your group lest you get lost in the crowd of locals! Return a transformed person after this divine (and truly local) experience!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout Kathmandu; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees are recommended
  • Please note that there has been significant damage to some of the sites visited on this tour due to the earthquakes in April and May 2015
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Please bring comfortable walking shoes and your own water-bottle. (If you’re travelling during monsoon season you might want to carry a rain-proof jacket or an umbrella!)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • Your Spiritual Nepal tour includes entrance fees to the UNESCO-listed Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, which helps preserve local cultural heritage and ensures these important sites are maintained.
  • Should you choose to have your palm read during the tour, the fee for the reading supports the local palm-readers who would otherwise have no access to tourist money.
  • As the Delta variant of COVID-19 has proven to be highly transmissible and poses significant increased safety risk, effective September 1, 2021, travellers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - India

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu.

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Pashupatinath Temple and Bodhnath Stupa Tour from Kathmandu
LoveTravel170969
, Nov 2019
This is a great tour and cover lots of very interesting places. The guide was nice and knowledge that she explain things in detail.
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Temple and Stupa tour
Mary S
, Nov 2019
This was truly spectacular tour of two religious sites. Subash has so much knowledge and has excellent English. I would highly recommend this activity
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Grateful to have a guide to take us...
Peta B
, Nov 2017
Grateful to have a guide to take us there. Nice chap and concerned that we 'got our money's worth'. He was patient and took great care of us. I would recommend this tour in a heartbeat
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I really liked the tour guide. He...
Jadwiga S
, Aug 2017
I really liked the tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, kind and easy-going. I did not much like the fact that I was stuck with other people on the tour who were not so much fun to be around with. I guess its hit and miss. Next time I might get lucky and get to know some great people!
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You are an amazing guide Bipin. He...
Peter W
, Apr 2017
You are an amazing guide Bipin. He knows this town, it's little alleyways and the best locations for that special photo. Loved it, recommend it.
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This tour was excellent. When I think...
Sndy
, Jan 2015
This tour was excellent. When I think of all the things we did while in Kathmandu, the images from this tour are the ones I remember first. Walking the streets and taking a local "bus taxi", took us out of our comfort zone and gave us an incredible insight to what a day in the life of a local is. Pashupatinath Temple with the Sadhu monks and the cremations across river, are both unforgettable visions. Because it was a holiday, there was lots of activity at the Bodhnath stupa. No matter where you looked it was a scene worthy of a postcard. High recommend this tour.
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Exceptional tour. I had a very...
Ekaterina A M
, Aug 2014
Exceptional tour. I had a very knowleageable guide all to myself. I was the only one tourist that day. We actually went for plam reading on top of the program.
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Nice friendly local guide. Be...
Tracy F
, Apr 2014
Nice friendly local guide. Be prepared for a lot of walking. You also catch a local taxi but which is an experience in itself. You get a good over view of each of the temples. Its not a huge group of people on the tour just how many you book with so it is very personal. The guide was willing to answer any questions.

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