Located atop a hill west of Kathmandu city, the Swayambhunath complex has been in use since the 5th century A.D. and consists of a magnificent domed stupa, as well as a variety of shrines and temples. Each temple is extremely ornate and richly decorated with gold and vibrant prayer flags, though it’s not only the spiritual décor that draws visitors.
Located on a small hillock named Swayambhunath, this temple is a famous one located to the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley. Famously known as the monkey temple, this tourist destination receives pilgrims and tourists from every nook and corner of the world. According to mythology, the glory of this destination started from this structure. The central white stupa is topped by a golden spire that depicts Buddha’s eyes in all the four directions. It is surrounded by beautifully-carved temples, statues of deities, fluttering prayer flags, and Buddhist prayer wheels.
The central white stupa is topped by a golden spire that depicts Buddha’s eyes in all the four directions.
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 has killed hundreds of people in Nepal. Many historic buildings have been damaged – such as Swayambhunath temple complex.
It is best to visit the temple early in the morning before 9 am. This is the time you can find many rituals and pilgrims in the complex. With regards to climate, the spring and fall are the best times to visit Kathmandu. September to mid of May is the right time to visit the temple.
The temple is easily accessible by foot, bike, or taxi from Kathmandu.