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  • Address: Kathmandu, Nepal 44620
Swayambhunath Stupa, perched atop a hill just west of Kathmandu, is the oldest shrine complex in the entire Kathmandu Valley. As you approach the ancient stupa from the city, you can see it’s golden spires, white domed ceilings and eerie painted eyes from a distance. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a pack of monkeys who’ve led locals to refer to the complex as the Monkey Temple.

The exact origins of the sight, one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Tibetan Buddhists, are unclear. Local legend says the Stupa was originally a lotus flower that emerged from a great lake that once occupied the Kathmandu Valley. History tells us the complex was commissioned by an early fifth century AD king, making it one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal.

For the best views of Kathmandu bellow the temple complex, visit in the early evening as the sun begins to set. If time permits, you can walk down the hill from Swayambhunath all the way back to Durbar Square in less than an hour.

Please note that there has been significant damage to the Swayambhunath Stupa Shrine Complex due to the earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks in Nepal in late April and early May 2015. Authorities have said they will do all they can to restore historic and cultural sites in Nepal and are assessing the extent of damages.

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Kathmandu Full Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour, Kathmandu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Cultural Walking Tour of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath and Durbar Square with Nepalese Cooking Lesson

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 18 Reviews

Experience Kathmandu like a local on this small-group cultural walking tour. Visit the oldest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swayambhunath, and explore one of the ...  Read more

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Duration: 5-6 hours

From USD $80.00
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Private Full Day Tour of Pashupatinath Boudhanath Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Darbar Square

Discover the influence Buddhism had on Kathmandu while on this 6-hour tour. Accompanied by a private guide, you will explore temples such as Boudhanath, ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
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Private Tour of Swyambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square

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This full-day private Kathmandu sightseeing tour will take you to four different UNESCO World Heritage sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, ...  Read more

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Full Day Kathmandu City Tour, Kathmandu, Full-day Tours
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Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00

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