The Crematoria, Kathmandu

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#5 of 33 in Historic Sites in Kathmandu
Learn about Hindu funereal traditions during a visit to The Crematoria, the riverside cremation area of a famous Hindu temple. The traditional ceremony sees the family of the deceased build a funeral pyre next to the river, sprinkle it with holy water, and circle the body three times, walking counter-clockwise. The area is only open to those of Hindu faith. Other visitors can see the cremation area from the opposite bank of the river. Add The Crematoria and other attractions to your Kathmandu trip itinerary using our Kathmandu holiday planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    This is where the deceased are cremated and then are washed away in the river. It was our "fortune" to visit while one was happening. While interesting, this is not recommended for all. First, theres ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    While the cultural understanding I gained due to the excellent explanations provided by my guide about his peoples practices was an amazing experience, this was maybe one step beyond my comfort zone. ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Uncomfortable about going at first, but turn out to be quite alright. Observe and be respectful and you can see a rare sight of rebirth/reincarnation through cremation, a tenet of Hindu religion, righ...  more »

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