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Swayambunath is also known as the monkey temple.
After a short climb with souvenir shops along the way, you get to the main Stupa. People burn incense and walk around the stupa with the right hand towards the temple while turning prayer wheels.
Stairs, Stairs, steps, and more stairs! I walked from Thamel over to get in shape for my later travels. It was very interesting getting out of the tourist area to walk the neighborhoods along the way. I definitely recommend the stroll. Just know when you...More
Well worth the visit. 1300 rps round trip for taxi, 200 rps per person to get in less than 500 rps for drinks, picked up 3 lg bags of prayer flags for 1000 rps. This is a clean, relaxing, educational place. There are 365 steps...More
There were loads of monkeys running around like wow I really wasn't expecting any of that. We went there hoping to catch the sunset but there were just too many people too and too little space due to the repairing & constructions going on. According...More
I was going to skip this temple (because I don't care for monkeys), but I'm so glad that I went. In the morning there are a lot of people but instead of seeing more tourists at this time, you'll see pilgrims at the temple lighting...More
The monkey temple will be a wonderful place to visit once the renovation and rebuilding work is complete, at present it’s a building site with hidden dangers. Probably the one think that made me detest the place, was the never ending circle of hawkers and...More
I was consfused. I thought (and 19 years ago) it seemed that this was a Buddhist place of worship. I didn't see any Tibetans here though. I found a small paint shop run by "Rebeccah" and really appreciated her art and prices.
As far as I know, there is no official opening time. My suggestion though would be to go when the sun is not too high in the sky so your photographs will show nice shadows and coutours. Enjoy the visit!