Inside The Golden Rat Temple
The Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) in the Patan area of Kathmandu is not-just-another-Buddhist-temple in a city full of , arguably, the most incredible temples in the world.
It’s a pagoda temple tucked away in an ancient part of Kathmandu, the interior is ornate and intricate with metal work and stone statues. It’s worth going to check out how beautiful it is, watch the people come and go and listen to the chanting monks upstairs. Buddhist chanting gives me goosebumps.
What makes this temple a must-visit for me are the rats, it’s not a true rat temple as you find in some Hindu temples, but they’re here in force. I love a bit of wildlife!
The Nepalis make offerings of food every day, the rats go well fed. I don’t mind rats at all, but if you’re not big on rodents you really won’t like this, leather shoes are not allowed. I can’t wait to take the kids, they’ll think it’s so cool!
Would you go? Could you tippy toe among the rodents at the rat temple, Nepal? Or am I a rat-temple-loving-homeschooling-Nepal-freak? I really, really love Nepal, the high Himalayas and the cities, we’ll be back there soon.
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