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Tour of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
Two of the most important sites in the Hindu and Buddhist faiths, your guide will help you understand Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa, the scene of pilgrimages, funerals, butter lamps and holy mantras for generations.
Pashupatinath Temple is one of Kathmandu’s several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is an extensive collection of temples and holy centres of learning along the banks of the sacred Bagmati River.
Often compared with India’s Varanasi, the complex is part fort, part village and part sanctuary, mixing traditional pagoda style architecture of the main temple with the narrow streets and timber buildings that make for an essentially Nepalese scene.
The temple is considered a major pilgrimage for Hindus and to be cremated here guarantees release from the cycle of rebirths in the faith. Because of this, Pashupatinath can be one of the most interesting yet eventful places to visit in the city, and your guide will help explain exactly what is going on as your eyes are taken in all directions.
Alongside the city’s most revered Hindu site, your guide will also take you to Boudhanath Stupa, a key pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists. The construction of the stupa is shrouded in Tibetan and Nepalese mythology, with one of the most prominent tales reciting Buddha’s recovery of a man from hell whose one good deed was chasing a dog around the site of Boudhanath.
Since this time, the Stupa has been linked with redemption, and by circling the site a man can be granted the chance to atone their sins. Myth or not, the sight of countless travellers encircling the stupa and offering butter lamps in the name of karma is a remarkable sight to behold.
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