Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple for the myriad monkeys that live on the steep staircase leading to the temple.
They also give you a reason to take a break on the climb up.
The hilltop site has views over the city. A crowd gathers at the rail to get their picture taken with the view, a hazy cityscape that I doubt is ever very clear.
The rest of the complex is a fascinating compilation of shrines, memorials and prayer wheels.
From Thamel it’s a half hour walk through dirty Kathmandu, trash thrown everywhere, and across a polluted river. A far cry from the more colorful and charming streets south of Thamel. You may want to take a taxi for this one.
October 4, 2018
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