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The Crematoria

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Address: Bagmati River, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

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The Crematoria is a public, open air site that follows the Hindu tradition of cremation and spreading the remains in the sacred Bagmati River in Kathmandu. This is a UNESCO World... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bountiful, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Being a spectator at the Crematoria was an interesting experience. Our guide took us over the bridge so we could look across the river at the preparations for a cremation. I was humbled that I was able to watch the events. It is such a personal time for the family of the deceased. They showed so much love for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Part of life, of course, is death. What happens to the body after death varies from culture to culture. In the Hindu and Buddhist cultures, it is often the case where a body is ritually prepared and then cremated. In Nepal and India, and I'm sure other parts of the world, there are sacred places at which it is auspicious... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting and a must see. Lovely shrines and temples surround the area and you can respectfully observe the entire cremation service from across the river.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Waking along footpaths between grieving relatives and burning corpses felt very uncomfortable. As white tourists we were stared at, and despite the girls in the group dressing modestly they were frequently approached by men giving unwanted attention. We were not allowed into the main temple as it is for hindus only and the outside area was full of amputees begging.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you have a sensitive stomach or mind then maybe do not visit this spot.It is where the locals cremate their loved ones and it can be very confronting but I found it really interesting and the surrounding architecture was amazing.Not a very clean spot with rubbish in the river etc but I would highly recommend this as a place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Making my way through the temple and seeing with my own eyes a traditional cultural practice was something I will NEVER forget. Seeing the magnitude of the site first hand is something that all visitors to Kathmandu MUST see and experience for themselves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see if visiting Kathmandu, always something going on. Guides are available and have useful information just be sure you negotiate a price before agreeing to a tour. Also be respectful of grieving families.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I respect cultures but there's a breaking point when religion becomes stupidity. People bathing in a sacred yet filthy river? No one heard of sanitation? The river is hideous. The smells horrendous.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Crematoria is a public, open air site that follows the Hindu tradition of cremation and spreading the remains in the sacred Bagmati River in Kathmandu. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Several bodies present in different states, it can be difficult to see families crying while preparing for the fires. This is their culture and with that comes a responsibility of ensuring that it remains respectful. This may not be for everyone to view so take note before you go.

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