The ancient Swayambunath Stupa (known to tourists as the Monkey Temple) is Kathmandu‘s most important Buddhist shrine.The glory of Kathmandu Valley is said to have started from this point.
I was roaming around the temple with my tourist guide and suddenly He asked me to wear this dress and take a photo with the Stupa on my background.
We rented this costume and my tour guide doesn’t want me to shell out money to pay for the costume rent. I insisted to pay Him but he doesn’t want to take it. I was so lucky to have these people around me during my stay in Nepal. I’ve met beautiful person who are willing to help those tourist / jet-setter like me.
Highlights of my visit to Swayambhunath Stupa:
- I would recommend you to climb the full 365 steps to the top.- you’ll enjoy watching those monkeys on the way up to Stupa, also you can see vendors selling some stuffs.
- The Stupa offers great views over Kathmandu, especially in the early evening.To catch the Tibetan pilgrims, you will need to arrive before 9am.
- You can roam around the Stupa at the very top.
- Enjoy the fresh air and the view of Kathmandu from the top.
Facts: Monkeys live to the north-west of the complex; they are said to be holy because they grew out of head lice living in the bodhisattva (enlightened person) Manjusri’s long hair!
Beware as some of them will grab your bag and steal your food. Look what happened to my ice cream Lol.. I was shocked and freaked out ahaha it was so funny as this little monkey stole my ice cream and I can’t do anything but to share it or else he might run after me Lol.