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Swayambhunath Temple

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Swayambhunath is a glorious ancient religious architecture, located in the middle of Kathmandu city. It is center of faith of both Buddhist and Hindus.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Swayamhu Circle Road, Kathmandu 44620, Nepal
+977 986-5713743
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Reviewed today via mobile

So exciting. Buy some coins and try your luck at getting it into the pot in the pond. Well worth the walk up the many steps with the crowds. Keep everything tied down away from monkeys. We saw a monkey dive down and rob a...More

Thank TravelBattler
Reviewed today

Monkey temple is one of the most visited ones. It has an amazing view. You can go there by bike or better you stop the bike and walk through the steps. You will see lots of monkeys down but at the top I didn't see...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent place to visit. Had a great time visiting this place. Nice place to buy souvenirs of Nepal.

Thank rakeshg696
Reviewed yesterday

Swayambhunath Temple bears the history and religious site for especially Hindus. Excellent temple and surroundings - we could watch the town from top

Thank Amitabha D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Swayambunath is also known as the monkey temple. Near the entrance gate there are groups of short tailed monkeys. They have their own swimming pool. One friendly monkey climbed on my shoulder and then onto my head when we were watching them playing in the...More

Thank Tharu3337
Reviewed yesterday

From here you have a view Deep into the Kathmandu Valley. Every hundred years the top of the Stupa gets a Fresh golden Outlook. It happend last About three or four years ago for around 28 Million US Dollars donated by US American Buddhists. The...More

Thank Adventurer276350
Reviewed 2 days ago

The walk up the steep stairs to the top amid the somewhat unpleasant monkeys that might remind you of people's you have known and no longer know is arduous. At the top you will find a jumble of untidy buildings of Buddhist and Hindu origin...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The monkeys didn’t look overly friendly so it was a bit disconcerting walking past them. However the temple is worth it! It’s a nice walk up some steep stairs but the view is just breath taking!!

Thank TessMatt
Reviewed 2 days ago

Also known as the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Swayambunath Stupa was a great place to visit. Entrance fee is only Rs 200 for tourists. It's not a very big temple and you have to climb 365 steps to get to the top. But you...More

Thank Anna Cristina M
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived at the base of the temple and saw the stairs to go up. There are a lot of them, but the monkeys will entertain you as you go up. At the top, the views are amazing over Kathmandu. The temple is very interesting...More

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Annabel S
23 September 2017|
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Response from VeraM695 | Reviewed this property |
365 steps
26 August 2016|
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Response from VeraM695 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know, there is no official opening time. My suggestion though would be to go when the sun is not too high in the sky so your photographs will show nice shadows and coutours. Enjoy the visit!
12 May 2015|
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Response from Zantor2 | Reviewed this property |
gotta agree with other answer Not understanding from you question WHAT does it have to do with the Swayambhunath Temple??