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The Crematoria, Kathmandu

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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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  • This is something of a cultural shock to most westerners...but amazing to witness...there are other places to visit while there that are also interesting.  more »
  • Non-hindus have different (restricted) access to site. Need to be mindful/respectful of the cremations ongoing and NOT photograph from same side of river as mourners!! Very interesting to have a Hindu...  more »
  • Our guide took us through this area while visiting other temples. It’s quite a sobering experience for a Westerner. Our guide, Pradip Lama (Pradiplama@hotmail.com) provided background commentary and e...  more »