Apr 2016
Travel by Design
Visit Nepal

Today marks the first year since Nepal’s devastating earthquake, the day that changed Nepal forever.

This post is a tribute to this beautiful place and hopefully one that will encourage you to visit.

Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in Kathmandu City. It is one of the top heritage destinations in Nepal.

It takes 365 steps to get to the temple complex. But you will get wonderful views of Kathmandu.


View from the top of the hill


Popular destination for tourists

Its main attraction is a white stupa,  with a dome at the base, and a cubical structure on top which is painted with eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions.


The Stupa has the Buddha’s eyes in all four sides


Monkeys abound in the temple complex


The temple complex is important to both Buddhists of many schools and Hindus

Around the base of the dome are Tibetan prayer wheels. Believers walk from one end to the other, spinning the wheels while repeating the prayer.


Prayer Wheels


They say the heavens hear your prayer if you say them while turning the wheels


Souvenirs abound

The Monkey Temple was part of the 12-Day Nepal-North India trail we did back in 2013.


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