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“Holy Hill”

Swayambhunath Temple
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Ranked #3 of 178 things to do in Kathmandu
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“Holy Hill”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Rising abruptly from the city is the Monkey Temple, small shrines, a large stupa, great views, and a sense of floating above the busy city below.

Visited February 2013
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“Monkey Temple”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Getting past the scam artists wanting to give you a tour of any facility you can imagine, I actually did hire one of these guys to show me around the temple. It was very impressive, and had an active Buddhist Monastery where you could visit and observe them during devotions. The temple is 1/2 Hindu and 1/2 Buddhist in nature, each side coexisting with the other. The monkeys had free reign in the "Monkey Pool", and it was fun watching the little critters play. The bad part is the hawksters (as always) getting in your face to buy their stuff; this is helped along by the "guides" steering you into their friends stall.

Visited February 2013
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“Also called monkeytemple”
Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Very old and impressive temple with lots to see
You can climb all the stairs from down street but also it is possible to let you drop off by taxi, especially when you re not able to climb all these stairs.
Very nice shops around the temples and also a spectical view off Kathmandu
When you re down the street again it is closeby to visit Budda park where you can walk around 3 special Boeddha statuees
Also very impressive to see

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“Must visit”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

365 steps to reach the top. There's a shortcut but this is Kathmandu so take the stairs and experience it to the fullest. Monkeys are everywhere but ignore them and you would be fine. Entrance fee is 200 rupees. The place itself is amazing. It's ancient, religious, cultural and historical. It's better to have a local guide who could explain it to you what the place is all about. That's the best way to experience it.

Visited February 2013
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“Magical, Magnificent View, Very Religious, Must Visited Attraction in Kathmandu”
Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

This place is amazing. If you can climb stairs, for sure, take the stairs from east. Taxi from Thamel should be 150 to 300. Get water from entrance area. There are many monkeys (big and small) on your way. Avoid eating snack bars or any obvious food. They are very smart and will surround you in matter of seconds! If happened, just through the food to them!
Get your ticket after payment as you can come back here without further payment. I guess the person should stamp it with your passport and visa number on back side.
The temple at top is amazing. You can see serious prayers going around the main temple clockwise; bending, kneeing and lying down on the floor again and again and again. Lots of Respect.
The view to the city is amazing. If you have read about the history of this place, try imagining the ancient lake and how shiva was overlooking the valley.
There are many birds of prey flying around and coming down on surrounding trees.
You can hang around here for couple of hours, depends to your interests in history.
Very interesting sight.
Totally Recommended.

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