beautiful temple with treacherous stairs, definitely worth a visit. The view is AMAZING! just don't look at the monkeys too long...
Before leaving for Kathmandu I read reviews about this place in all those it was mentioned that 365 steps have to be climbed so I nearly skipped visiting this place Then I decided let me see if there is a car route surprisingly it had our vehicle reached up to the top we had to climb only 65 steps that... More
Yes, there are other tourists. Yes, there are monkeys and hawkers and beggars and stray dogs. But there is also ancient legends that ties this magnificent stupa to the very birth of Kathmandu. There is confluence of Buddhist and Hindu faiths. There are moments of aching beauty in the brush of centuries. There is peace in the simple turning of... More
We walked from Thamel (please note don't go in rush hour) we thought the temple was fantastic ,the monkeys were no problem.We spoke to quite a few of the monks and learnt a lot about the history from them.
My son had a great time climbing up the stairs to the Swayambhunath stupa from the east side. There were a few beggars with kids at the entrance. There are sellers along the lower part. The stairs become steeper the higher you go. Entrance fees for foreigner Rs200. Great 360 view of Kathmandu. There were more pigeons than monkeys. The... More
The temple is a complex of both Hindu and Buddhist shrines that requires a significant climb to the top of the hill. Since this is a major tourist destination (actually walkable from Thamel but most take taxis), there will be many merchants at the base of the hill. You will be approached to buy various items, but this is Nepal--they... More
The Buddhist Stupas are certainly more beautiful and well kept than the Hindu Temples around Kathmandu but Swayambhunath, aka "Monkey Temple" is heaving with monkeys who are taking over the place. It is filled with local vendors trying to sell you their trinkets. The view back over the city is nice, although the smog can block the view. Much more... More
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