Long walk to the temple. Nothing much to do other than take pictures. Many monkeys. Great view of Kathmandu Valley
A timeless location full of atmosphere, best to visit very early before the tourists and beggers take up positions. Walk up from the bottom, dont use the road access from the back, you miss a lot of the foreplay on the way up to the stupa.
Swayambhunath is second only to Bouddhanath for peaceful places in the city of Kathmandu. Don't neglect the view to the west, where you can see many monasteries and stupas in the hills.
We went at sunset which was pretty cool. We didn't see many monkeys until an army of them arrived which was a bit scary at first! We skinned some prayer wheels, walked around the stupa, saw the sunset over Kathmandu and watched some dogs chase the monkeys. Very cool place even if it is quite touristy.
This temple is set out of Kathmandu, on a hilltop above the city. It is some half an hour ride from downtown. It is also called the Monkey temple because of hundreds of them messing around. As you climb the top you, you'll find a dozen of shops (heavily overpriced), a very beautiful stupa atop, and a fascinating view across... More
Apart front the great views, playful monkeys, odd wandering dog and the religious symbolism, another great feature of this must see attraction is that once inside you don't have to negotiate the traffic chaos that has become part and parcel of the Kathmandu scene. For those interested in high energy exercise, pacing up and down the steps are a welcome... More
Enjoy yourself with fresh air which comes from mountain. Low cost, good food, Nice people and there behave all everything feels you good.
One should definitely visit swayambhu when in Kathmandu. We can have good view of Kathmandu city. It is half an hour drive from the city. We have to climb stairs from parking area to reach the stupa.
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