Let me straight start away this blog post with some mythology. Kathmandu valley was once believed to be a huge lake. A man with superpowers named Manjushree Bodhisattva saw a dream where he had a vision of a lotus. He then came to see the lotus and found that the valley could be a habitat for many, so he cut the Chovar hill with the magical sword and drained the water out. Then the lotus changed into a hill and the flower turned into Swayambhunath stupa.
Read my Taudaha post to know about the origin of Kathmandu.
Disclaimer: This story is somewhat inspired from Wikipedia and in no way I am promoting it. (lol)
Lets get to the real story now..
This article is written to provide you some information about a famous place in Kathmandu and the title says it. But if it is so famous then there must be hundreds of articles written about it. But till now I’ve written 150 words, so anyway I’m going to continue. Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage site, Swayambhunath is a must visit place in Kathmandu valley. This place is accessible from almost every part of the valley (surely if you take a cab). There are two entrances to the stupa at the top. The main one is a straight stairway that leads to Vajra which looks like this.
This place is a live example of tranquility. It is full of serenity in such a way that one can probably feel the inner peace. But don’t just lose yourself in the serenity because you might want to know an another name of this place. Beware of monkeys! I guess you got the name. But in case you’re too dumb then the name of the temple is The Monkey Temple.
What else can you see in Swayambhu?
Well the main attraction of this place is the stupa itself. Besides you can roam around and buy some local goods. Also you can pass your time playing with prayer wheels and looking at the panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley similar to this:
Above all you can find dozens of monasteries inside as well as in the perimeters of the premises.
Have a look at the vlog where I compare Swayambhunath and Pashupatinath;
Also there are some photos below: