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Swayambhunath Temple
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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with...
Ranked #2 of 173 things to do in Kathmandu
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“A place you must visit!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Very beautiful Temple to visit when you are in Kathmandu. All on top you have a really great view over the whole city. And the temple is surrounded by beautiful trees, it was very green now at the moment (july).

Visited July 2013
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“Get taken to the top”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

Make sure that when you visit you are dropped off at the top of the site so that you do not need to wak up the 655 steps. You should suggest to your taxi driver (or tricycle driver if he is strong) that you meet him at the bottom before you go on to Patan or wherever. The stas here have some of the highest prices in the city so be careful.

Visited June 2013
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Dunkerton, Iowa
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“As far from a Western funeral as you can get”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

American funerals are antiseptic and private. At Swayambhunath, family members grieve at the rivers edge after which the body is cremated and ashes spread into the water. It was one of the strangest experiences that I have ever witnessed. It is hard for someone with Western values to comprehend the spectacle of cremation and spreading of ashes into a holy river which to an American seems polluted beyond imagination all the time with monkeys scrambling along tin roofs making unbelievable racket. East meets west and it is something that was very difficult to understand and comprehend. You just sit back and marvel at the entire process and its meaning.

Visited May 2013
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“A must see in the Kathmandu Valley!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The Stupa at Swayambhunath is a must see for anyone visiting the Kathmandu Valley. It rises majestically out of a hill in the central valley of Kathmandu. Legend has it that the Stupa arose miraculously as a gift from a Buddha of a bygone era. It is a hike up a few hundred steps to get to the top but well worth the view and atmosphere that waits for you at the top. The surrounding temples, monasteries, and prayer wheels are interesting, just watch out for the annoying monkeys! The view of the city below is also worthwhile, not to mention the clean air which is a much needed relief after breathing the otherwise heavily polluted valley air.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Swayambhunath Temple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

This is the place that every traveller who comes to Kathmandu will see. It is worth the walk up the stairs but I do recommend if you have multiple days to try to get up there after some rain or wind to get the best views of the city, it is supposed to be amazing. I unfortunately when when you could hardly see 6 foot in front of you for all the smog, but the temple complex made up for the lack of view. Early in the morning is popular but quiet, the later in the day the busier it gets.
There is an entrance fee, which is hardly anything given that the temple relies of this for maintenance, a donation is also welcome.
It is a decent walk out of Thamel, a bit further than I was expecting, just keep walking the way all the guide books say and you will get there. It is very unexcess-able for those who need assistance as there are hundreds of very steep stairs.

Visited February 2013
Thank Kimberley R
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