About Pashupathinath

One of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal 'The Pashupatinath Temple' is located on both banks of Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. The exact date of Pashupatinath’s construction is unknown.  Pashupatinath Temple is believed to be the oldest Hindu temple of Kathmandu. The earliest evidence of the temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The current temple of Pashupatinath area was built after the original temple was destroyed by termites in the 17 century. There are Countless smaller temples all around the main temple with a story connected with each one. 

Must See

Pashupatinath is a place where century-old Hindu rituals are practiced in their astonishing initial form, giving a chance to the visitors to feel the unique spirit of Hindu traditions of life, death, and reincarnation.

The Pashupatinath Ghats for a look at ritual cremations

The Arya Ghat is where the members of the royal family were cremated

A glimpse at the Pashupatinath temple from the outside looking at the votive shrines,

The Pandra Shivalaya and the Ram Temple across the river along the terraces Converse with one of the mysterious Sadhus their.

Pandra Shivalaya is a quiet forested area you can walk through.

The four ghats around each having a different meaning.

Vatsala temple

Ananat Narayan

Gorakhnath Temple Complex 

Ram temple

Sati's gate


How to reach

The nearest international airport is located in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath Temple is located just 5 km away from the valley of Kathmandu. You can find a lot of buses and taxis that would take you to Pashupatinath Temple from Kathmandu.

You can find buses from City Bus Station or Ratna Park in Kathmandu. It would take 45 minutes to reach the stop for Pashupatinath Temple, Goshala. From Goshala, you can easily walk to the temple. From Kathmandu, you can find taxis and tempos that would take you directly to Pashupatinath Temple. Any tempo on the way to Bodhnath or Chabahil will run through Pashupatinath Temple. These tempos will drop you off at Ring Road which is located west to Pashupatinath Temple. You can walk to the temple from Ring Road.

Drive: Approximate fuel cost: रु40 - रु60


  • Every year between February and March Shivaratri the festival of Lord Shiva is celebrated.
  • If using a taxi service, be careful to arrange for the taxi to wait for you while you are in the Pashupatinath, because taking a local taxi for the return trip will cost you several times more.
  • This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Hiring a guide will cost about 10$, it is well worth the money since you really get explanations of the rituals and traditions of Pashupatinath.
  • Non-Hindus are not permitted inside the temple.
  • Photography strictly prohibited.
  • Plenty of Monkeys, they steal food and bags so one needs to be extra careful.
  • Although non-Hindus cannot enter the main shrine, yet the Pashupati temple is so vast with so much more to explore and unveil that its place worth spending some time.
  • With the same entrance ticket, you can visit all the four ghats nearby.
  • Only the four Bhatt or Priests are allowed to the touch the main shiva lingam

Visit Time

Sunday : 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Monday : 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday : 4:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday : 4:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday : 4:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday : 4:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday : 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Closes between :12:00 noon to 5:00 PM Everyday
At 6 pm Rudravishekam, Every day

Client special puja is performed from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. 


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Waiting Time

0-30 min on normal days and depends on the crowd on other days like festival and holy rituals


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Entrance Fee


 Foreigner entrance fee of 1,000 Nepalese rupees (about $10 USD).

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Time you can spend

2-3 hours on normal days and depends on the crowd on other days like festival and holy rituals


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