if you have heard about the story/legend/myth of Kathmandu and how it was formed, you will definitely understand the appeal of Swayambhunath Temple.
It is said that there is eternal glowing lotus underneath the stupa and who knows it may be true. Certainly the Nepalese believe it. Perched on top of the hill in the middle of Kathmandu, you will be able to view the city from here provided first you climb up the 1000+ steps.
Going around the main stupa, turning the prayer wheels with the background chanting of Buddhist hymns will sooth your soul even if you are a non-believer.
Be wary of the monkeys, they are a funny and sometimes nasty lot. do not attempt to carry plastic bags or any stuffs loosely in your hand for they will snatch given the opportunity. Dont try to be friendly or feed them for God's sake as it will backfire.
Go in the morning or if you have the chance in the evening on a full moon as the true beauty of this place will come alive when hundreds of butter lamps will be lit in and around the entire temple.
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