Pashupatinath

After checking out the Monkey Temple our helpful taxi driver took us to Pashupatinath. It was an experience to say the least, if a bit morbid. Pashupatinath is the ultimate holy site for Hindus in Nepal, where it is their greatest honour to be burned at the riverside ghats after they die. As soon as we entered the temple some robed men walked by carrying a bamboo stretcher and a corpse to the cremation platform. They proceeded to line the body with logs and dry grass and set it alight. Quite a strange setting with several different bodies burning on the various platforms in various stages of combustion, some just getting started and others consisting mostly of smoking ash that was being swept into the river by the grieving locals. All the while crowds of tourists like us looking on in morbid fascination.

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