Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey temple) Blog Kathmandu Nepal

(Video for Kathmandu)
 
 
 
 
The next site we went to see was Swayambunath. Now the name is kind of tongue twister, even I took a long time to pronouoce it. So it is populary known as Money temple, as there are lot of monkey here. If you are eating something and being careless, be sure it going to snatched by them.
 
There is an entrance fee here for Indian (SAARC countries) it is Rs. 50/- and for other nationalities it is Rs. 200/-. Please note whenever I am going to tell you about money, it is all in Nepali rupee.
 
Ok back to the topic, it is belived that glory of Kathmandu valley started from this part of the city. Some 2000 years back when Kathmandu valley was not yet swelled by humans, it was basically a lake and it said that a lotus flower was bloomed in the middle of it and a hill was rised up. Later lotus flower changed to todays Swayambunath stupa and the lake was drained out by Manjushiri, a Bodhisattav of wisdom and learning who had a vision of this lotus. Lake was drained out and Kathmandu valley was ready for humans...
 
Swayambunath is one of the holliest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and it is surrounded by both Buddhist and Hindus God diety and temples. This shrine is perhaps the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal.
 
Stupa is painted with the eyes of Buddha looking in all four direction. Swayambunath also suffered damage in April 2015 Nepal earthquake and now much is restorted.
 
The place has a tibetian monastery, museum and a library. 
 
The most surprising thing I noticed that unlike other holy sites, one can come inside the premises without leaving the shoes. It is kind of casual time pass for locals and it give a a beautiful panoramic view of city Kathmandu.
 

(Swayambhunath)
 
(Swayambhunath)
 
(Panoramic view of Kathmandu from Swayambhunath)
 
 
 
 
(Monkeys at Swayambhunath)
 

(Swayambhunath)
 

(Swayambhunath stupa)
 

(Swayambhunath stupa)
 
 
 
 

(Swayambhunath)
 

(Swayambhunath)
 

(Museum at Swayambhunath)
 

(Museum at Swayambhunath)
 

(Shops inside Swayambhunath)
 

(Shops inside Swayambhunath)
 
 
 
 
 
1.) How to reach Kathmandu
Kathmandu have its own Interenational Airport - Tribhuvan international airport. 
 
2.) Best time to Visit
October to April
 
3.) Best way to see Kathmandu
Taxi, local buses, but the best one is to hire a scootie
 
4.) Sites to see in Kathmandu 
a) Stay at Thamel
b) Pashupatinath temple
c) Swayambhunath stupa
d) Boudhnath
e) Bhaktapur
f) Patan

 
So this was all about Pashupatinath temple, see you in my next blog Boudhanath. If you liked the video, than please subscribe the channel and if you have any query, feel free to contact me anytime :)