Swayambhunath is one of the many ancient religious sites in Nepal. Popularly known as the Monkey temple, though revered as a Buddhists temple, it is also a place of pilgrimage for Hindus relating to the historical visits of the Hindu king of Kathmandu back in 17th century.
It is also acceptable to say that Swayambhunath is the most popular temple across the valley. Ask any local about the places to visit in the city, the monkey temple will be the first one they will mention.
The monkeys are quite behave, obviously one must kept his distance and avoid disturbing the holy monkeys as they climbed the walls, dangled across the prayer flags or when they are at the ground searching for food.
Speaking of stupa, it is the most significant icon of Buddhist faith.
It consists of a dome at the base said to represent the entire world, above the dome is a cubical structure painted with the eyes of Buddha looking in all four directions.
The feeling of relaxation is one that I will associate with Swayambhunath.
After a night of limited tossing and turning inside my sleeping bag while waiting for the electricity to be back on at the hotel, I am looking forward to this day trip in the city despite the lack of sleep.
An early morning visit to the temple is highly recommended.