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Swayambhunath Temple

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Swayambhunath is a glorious ancient religious architecture, located in the middle of Kathmandu city. It is center of faith of both Buddhist and Hindus.
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Swayamhu Circle Road, Kathmandu 44620, Nepal
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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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Reviewed 2 days ago

Clean, relaxing, educational place to visit. There are 365 steps to climb, and the view is great. I recommend anyone to visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank martinSeiffarth
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a great view from the top of the 265 stairs! The temple is very impressive but you do have a lot of touts which was a little disappointing

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BillyK1980
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DarleneG631
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mtdea
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jazrx
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely place but very crowded and there were a lot of birds, monkeys and dogs. You should try the stairs if you're fit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nobichan
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cabernethouse
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ScampinIzzy
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Annabel S
September 23, 2017|
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Response from VeraM695 | Reviewed this property |
365 steps
August 26, 2016|
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Response from VeraM695 | Reviewed this property |
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!
May 12, 2015|
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Response from Zantor2 | Reviewed this property |
gotta agree with other answer Not understanding from you question WHAT does it have to do with the Swayambhunath Temple??
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Antipolo City, Philippines
Cabs vs Privates Car (4 Replies)
$40 a day, fair for private car tour Kathmandu tour? Taking cabs would definitely be cheaper but hassle in terms of finding the fair price. So my questions are, how much would be cab fare from; Thamel to Boudhanath Boudhanath to Pashupatinath Temple Pashupatinath Temple to Thamel Thamel to Swayambhunath Temple TIA for any answers :)
November 17, 2016|
Response fromscoodly|
Hi You are right that individual taxis will be cheaper. Here are my ballpark figures for the journeys mentioned, othe rpeople may have a different view: T to B - 400 NPR B to P - 150 (it's walkable in 30 minutes or so) P to T - 400 T to S - 200 That's about $12 total. There are lots f taxis looking for business at these places so the silly first offer prices can be negotiated down to reasonable levels (but always more than locals will pay IME). You are right that it is a...More
Ruth V
Three days in Kathmandu next month (3 Replies)
I would like some help with my itinerary, I will be arriving with my husband early the first morning and will have three days before we set out to Pokhara to do the Anapurna Base Camp Trek. We will be staying very close to Boudhamanth and Pashupatinath so I plan to see those our first day there then to hire a guide possibly with a car to visit Patan and maybe Bahktapur, leaving Swayambhunath Temple and Durbur Square Kathmandu for our last day, we'll need the afternoon to rent coats and...More
September 30, 2015|
Response from7NRG|
Yes you can visit Bhaktapur though some of the attractions in Bhaktappur have been damaged due to earthquake, you will still find a lot to see in Bhaktapur. You can buy or hire any trekking gears and equipment in Thamel, Kathmandu.
Toronto, Canada
Safe to walk (6 Replies)
I like to walk but could cab it, solo 60 year old male traveller looking to go to Swayambhunath temple from Royal singi hotel in kamaladi which should take about an hour. Safe to walk during day?
August 30, 2016|
Response fromNepalkailashtrekking|
Hi OntarioCanuck1, No problem, it is safe to walk. Good Luck!