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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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“The Other side of Life and Death”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

When we visited it was a very hot day and for some reason there were also a large number of cremations happening on the pyres alongside the river. This is something that the western mind does not easily accept, seeing bodys being burnt in full view and did upset one or two people in my group. Having said that this is a cultural difference that should be expected when travelling.

Visited October 2013
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“Quiet and Peaceful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

I visited this place back in 2007, during new year time with friends. Its an ancient Buddhist religious complex atop a hill. The air there is so fresh that you feel lighter. We met a french guy in his late sixties who was visiting this place probably tenth time. It's generally not on the tourist radar as compared to famous Pashupatinath temple, so remains quiet and peaceful. One can feel the happiness and solace which this place gives and you automatically become quiet and inner-directed while in premises. So definitely worth a visit

Visited December 2012
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“My #1 in Kathmandu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

So much to see and do. You could spend hours wandering around the area. Best views of the city and great spot for pictures of the monkeys!

Visited November 2013
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“Excellent view of valley from heights!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

We can enjoy the great scenic view of kathmandu valley from here. Though situated right at heart of city , this place is free from pollutions. According to mythology, it is believed to be formed when manjushree drained the lake which covered the valley. This stupa is popular destination for tourists as well as local people for refreshments. It is one of the holiest places for Buddhists. Excellent demonstrations of art and culture can be observed. It is included in unesco world heritage site. You cannot miss this place if you are in Kathmandu .

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“It is a must”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

The Monkey Temple is a must if you visit Kathmandu. It is great and grand even though the monkeys may be a bit irritating. We watched one monkey steal a water bottle from a tourist. Cheeky little thing. And quick.

So, there are monkeys and stray dogs and tourists, but there are also the buddhist temples you can enter and hindu temples that you cannot enter if you are non-hindu. And the giant white stupa with those hypnotizing Buddha's eyes.

Another good reason to visit the temple, the views from the Swayambhunath are quite stunning. And there are plenty of hawks circulating above the valley on your eye's level - very charming sight, indeed.

Visited October 2013
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