The first time we visited Nepal and Kathmandu, over 20 years ago, Patan’s Golden Temple was a very different place. Back then it was known as the rat temple and was full of hundreds of the creatures. When we visited again in 2016, the rats had gone. Was this to clean things up for Prince Harry who visited that day? Or are they gone for good? We don’t know, but we’re in Kathmandu again in 2018 and we’ll find out. These photos are from the days when the Golden Temple was the rat temple. If you’d like photos of the Golden Temple sans rats and post earthquake, go here.
Inside The Golden Temple, Kathmandu
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 beautiful Golden temple? Or am I a rat-temple-loving-home-educating-Nepal-freak? I really, really love Nepal, the high Himalayas and the cities, we’ll be back there soon.