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Swayambhunath
The oldest shrine complex in the Kathmandu Valley, Swayambhunath Temple was said to have been built over 2,000 years ago. Situated at the top of a winding staircase, “Monkey Temple” has one of the city’s best panoramic views. The complex, containing multiple shrines and a stupa, is considered holy to both Buddhists and Hindus.
 
The Basics
According to legend, UNESCO-listed Swayambhunath sprang up spontaneously from a lotus, a sacred water flower revered both in Hinduism and Buddhism. The iconic stupa—a gold, gilded spire jutting up from a prayer wheel-surrounded white base—is one of the site’s most popular attractions, but also not to be missed are the ornate temple interiors, filled with icons of Buddhist and Hindu deities. Many guided tours offer combination packages with other must-see sites—like Boudhanath or Pashupatinath—making it an ideal option for first-time visitors.
 
It takes only a minute to realize how “Monkey Temple” earned its popular nickname. Playful and high-energy, the temple’s furry residents have become one of the site’s additional attractions (although watch your food).
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, Swayambhunath is one of the city’s top attractions.
  • Knees and shoulders covered: make sure to dress modestly when entering shrines.
  • Prepare for a tough climb and factor in breaks if needed: there are almost 400 steps to the top.
  • Be careful when carrying food or personal belongings—monkeys have been known to snatch.
 
How to Get There
Swayambhunath is easily reached by most parts of Kathmandu by foot or taxi. However, you’ll have to climb up 365 steps to reach the hilltop temple complex. Many guided tours offer private pickup from your hotel, but vehicles can only park at the base of the staircase.
 
When to Get There
During the full moon in either April or May, Buddha’s birthday is celebrated at Swayambhunath and other Buddhist sites in Nepal. Losar, or the Tibetan New Year, takes place in February and March, and is a popular time for pilgrims to visit. Spring and fall are the mildest times temperature-wise, although Kathmandu is a year-round destination.
 
Rebuilding Swayambhunath
Swayambhunath temple complex was damaged during the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, but reconstruction efforts are underway. Fear not, there is still much to see. The rebuilding effort has engaged a fleet of traditional artisans, and visitors can support local renovations by touring the site and showing interest in ongoing projects.
Address: Kathmandu 44620, Nepal
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Half day sightseeing Kathmandu ( Swaymbunath stupa and Pasupati temple)

Half day sightseeing tour is a half day tour in Kathmandu valley. Those who are very short period of time but still wants to discover some of the religious heritage sites in Kathmandu, for them it is perfect tour.We do sightseeing in two world heritage site sunch as Swaymbunath and Pasupatinath temple.Swaymbu is Budhhist site and Pasupatinath temple represents Hinduism.
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Golden Triangle Nepal Tour - Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara

Discover the best of Nepal as you explore the Golden Triangle over the course of eight days. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, and Pokhara and enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing, trekking, and mountain biking. Learn about Nepalese culture as you explore a multitude of temples, stupas, and other key landmarks in the cities. This tour includes all accommodation, transportation, tour guide, and most meals.
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Kathmandu Full Day Tour

This full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu includes several prominent religious monuments. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a World Heritage Site located in front of the old royal palace, and learn about the former Kathmandu Kingdom from your professional guide. Continue on to see the Tibetan Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath and visit Pashupatinath Temple — a shrine that honors Lord Shiva — both sacred sites designated by UNESCO. Finish at the imposing Bouddhanath stupa, the largest in Kathmandu Valley.
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Private Half-Day Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple

Combine two of Kathmandu's most famous attractions—the UNESCO-listed Durbar Square and the Swayambhunath Temple—on this half-day private tour. Benefit from personalized attention and the ability to travel at your own pace as you climb to the top of the temple's hill, which offers photo-worthy views of the Kathmandu Valley. Learn about the architectural style of Newar artists at Durbar and the multi-religion harmony at the temple through your guide's insightful commentary.
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Private Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour - UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Visit four of Kathmandu's top attractions on a private half-day tour. Start by traveling in your comfortable private vehicle from your hotel to the traditional heart of the medieval town, Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Watch the monkeys frolic around another heritage site, Swayambhunath Temple, and take in the sacred prayer wheels and incense. Pashupatinath Temple comes next, followed by Bodhnath Stupa, which has roots going back to 600 AD. Hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the day on this comprehensive tour.
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Kathmandu Cultural Journey - Day Trip | Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Spend the day exploring the cultural landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley on a private sightseeing tour. Visit a number of Buddhist and Hindu temples as well as the historic Patan Durbar Square and learn about the significance of each location from your tour guide. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors who are short on time.
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7 Site Heritage Tour of Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu’s top sights are spread throughout the sprawling capital, meaning most visitors end up missing key attractions. On this action-packed day tour, you’ll cover all of the region’s UNESCO-listed highlights. Travel in a comfortable private car between locations in the city, with a private guide on-hand to supply information and background. You’ll also enjoy lunch in stunning Bhaktapur and venture to Changu Narayan, the oldest temple in the Kathmandu Valley.
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A Day Kathmandu Valley Tour

Get a comprehensive tour of the Kathmandu Valley—including Bhaktapur and Lalitpur—on this private tour. You and your party will benefit from the attention and commentary of a private guide as you explore; round-trip transportation makes for a seamless experience. Highlights include the temple of Changunarayan, the Durbar squares of each city, the holy Bagmati River, and sacred Buddhist Stupas of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath.
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Walking tour of Kathmandu

A walking tour is one of the best ways of getting a close-up, intimate look at a city. On this walking tour of Kathmandu you will visit several important UNESCO World Heritage Sites while also getting an insight into the local life and street culture found along the way. Learn about the history of Kathmandu from your English-speaking guide while stretching your legs and seeing the sights.
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Get a comprehensive tour of Kathmandu, focused on its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in a single day. With a guide in the lead, you'll follow a curated itinerary designed to show you the best of the city, including Swoyambhu, Patan Durbar Square, Bouddha and Pashupati. Your guide will provide primer on Nepali culture and tradition through narration as you travel.
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On this private tour of the Kathmandu Valley you’ll discover four UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupati Temple. Explore these landmarks with your own personal guide who describes the religious, historical and cultural significance of each location. A perfect introduction for first-time visitors to Nepal, this full-day trip offers a fantastic overview including round-trip hotel transport in the comfort of a private vehicle.
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kathmandu Valley's UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Take in Nepal's rich heritage on a private full-day tour of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. Your private guide takes you to Basantapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Learn about the history and significance of each place as you explore the Buddhist and Hindu sacred sites with your guide. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off from Kathmandu. Entrance fees are at your expense.
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Private Kathmandu Temples and Palace Day Tour

See the temples of Kathmandu on a private tour of Nepal's bustling capital. Immerse in the rich architecture of Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath stupa (aka Monkey Temple), both UNESCO World Heritage sites. View the old royal palace and hear about the former Kathmandu Kingdom from your personal guide. Visit highlights such as Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Lunch and round-trip transport by private vehicle are included.
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Private Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu with Swayambunath and Bhaktapur

Most Kathmandu sightseeing tours only include locations in the capital, but you’ll also head to nearby Bhaktapur—Nepal’s best-preserved medieval city—during this in-depth sightseeing excursion. Get a peek at two UNESCO-listed Durbar Squares, and marvel at centuries-old pagodas—plus the palace of Kathmandu’s Living Goddess. Hotel pickup is included, and you’ll also learn how the hilltop Buddhist shrine nicknamed “Monkey Temple” got its name.
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Kathmandu 5-Night Tour with 3-Day Trek to Chisopani, Nagarkot and Changu Narayan

Enjoy this multi-day tour and explore Nepal's beautiful scenery and heritage sites. This tour is designed for those who wish to explore Kathmandu valley with its religious and cultural sites as well as have a short trekking experience nearby Kathmandu. The highlights of this tour include: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Square, famous for its art and architecture. You will be able to explore Hindu temples and Buddhist Stupa as well as old palaces and beautiful Himalayan scenery.
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Private 6-Hour Kathmandu City Tour

Discover the UNESCO World Heritages sites of Kathmandu on a 6-hour tour with a guide. Explore the temples of Kathmandu's Durbar Square, then take in Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple to learn about the Buddhist and Hindu traditions of Nepal. Hear about the history and craftsmanship of the temples, royalty in Nepal, and recovery from the 2015 earthquake. Includes private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Full Day Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour Including Bhaktapur

Take in the major attractions of Kathmandu Valley with a private guide on a half-day tour from Kathmandu. Travel in a comfortable private vehicle to UNESCO World Heritage sites, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Gain insight into the history and culture of Nepal, and hear about the impact of the 2015 earthquake during this comprehensive private tour.
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Kathmandu City Sightseeing Private Day Tour

On this full-day, private day tour, you’ll cover the top historical and religious highlights in Kathmandu. Get a peek at centuries-old Newari shrines and palaces in history-packed Durbar Square, enjoy panoramic city views from the hilltop temple of Swayambhunath, wander around the iconic stupa of Boudhanath, and visit the sprawling pilgrimage site in honor of the god Shiva, Pashupatinath Temple.
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Private Full Day Tour of Pashupatinath Boudhanath Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Darbar Square

Discover Buddhist and Hindu sites around Kathmandu during a 6-hour tour with your own private guide. Visit temples such as Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), and explore important sites in Kathmandu Durbar Square, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Seven World Heritage Day Tour in Kathmandu Nepal

Visit all seven of the Kathmandu Valley’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 12 hours on this action-packed tour. But, you won’t feel rushed as you’ll travel between each site in a comfortable private vehicle with a knowledgeable local guide. This convenient tour includes popular central sites—such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupatinath Temple—as well as lesser-known ones, like Changu Narayan, on the green rural edge of the city.
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Travelers seeking an overview of Kathmandu will love this day tour of the city’s highlights. Save yourself the hassle of haggling with taxi drivers or catching buses on this private tour. Cover more ground than you’d be able to if traveling independently, and learn all about the historic temples and palaces around the city, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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