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Swayambhunath Stupa(Monkey Temple) - UNESCO World Heritage Site-Kathmandu Valley- Nepal

In Nepal Kathmandu Valley Many historical temples and stupas  are refresh our culcture.Among them one of the very oldest Stupa is Swayambhunath Stupa which is one of at least 68 cultural heritage sites in Nepal that were damaged, according to UNESCO.Here is Some Information about Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu valley Nepal.

Location: Kathmandu Valley , Nepal
Built in: 5th century
Built By: Buddest Religion people
Dedicated to: Lord Buddha
Entry:for foreigners is 200 Rs.
Significance: Among one UNESCO W.H.S
Timing: All time
Visiting Timing: 1 Hour
Best time to Visit: Oct to Feb
Phone: +977-9843098218
Nearest Railway Station:  Bhikhna Thori Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Kathmandu Airport

More Information about  Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa is located at top of the hill ,Kathmandu Valley Nepal.The stupa was built before 5th century and built by Buddha religios people.The stupa is dedicated to Lord Buddha.The Swayambhunath Stupa is known as a Monkey Temple because of the large tribe of roving monkeys who guard the temple.The temple is among one of the UNESCO World Heritage site and its surroundings are said to be home to hundreds of monkeys, considered holy by believers. It was also one of the worst damaged by last month's earthquake.Swayambhunath Temple is one of the landmarks of KathmanduSwayambhunath temple is extremely ornate and richly decorated with gold and vibrant prayer flags, though it’s not only the spiritual d├ęcor that draws visitors.

Legend says that once the Kathmandu valley was a lake in which Swayambhu hill existed as an island. On top of that hill stood a natural crystal stupa. Buddha, when visiting the place, declared that it was a wish-fulfilling stupa and whoever is touched by the wind that passes over the stupa receives the seed of liberation from the cycle of existence. 

The story alone provides enough inspiration for visitors to struggle through the climb to the temple, and the sights at the summit are worth the trek. From the top of the hill, visitors can see a panorama of the Kathmandu valley, along with playful monkeys swinging from trees and prayer flags hanging around the colorful temple.

Although the monkeys are somewhat active during the day, the stupa truly becomes a monkey temple at night when hundreds of monkeys frolic in the sacred area and even slide down the banister of the primary structure.from there, perched on the top of a hill, you can get magnificent views of the city - that is to say, smog permitting. Swayambhunath is not exactly a temple but rather a religious complex with an imposing stupas, smaller temples, monuments and images of deities.

History of  Swayambhunath Stupa


Swayambhunath is among the oldest religious sites in Nepal. There are several legends which describe Swayambhunath is, perhaps, the best place to observe the religious harmony in Nepal. The stupa is among the most ancient shrines in this part of the world and is a major landmark of the valley and looks like a beacon below the Nagarjun hill.  
Swayambhunath was born out of a lotus flower that bloomed in the middle of the Kathmandu which was a big lake at that time. Then the warrior named Manjushree came from China and he drained the water from the Kathmandu Valley and worshipped this grandeur monument. The largest image of Gautam Buddha in Nepal was recently built on the western boundary of Swayambhunath.

Architecture of  Swayambhunath Stupa

Amazing to look at, the architectural beauty of Swayambunath Temple(stupa-Monkey Temple) gives way to the feelings of reverence and adoration. The stupa consists of a dome at the base and a cubical structure with eyes of Buddha looking in all the four directions. There are pentagonal Toran present above each of the four sides with statues engraved in them. Behind and above the torana there are thirteen tiers. Above all the tiers, there is a small space above which the Gajur is present.

Festivals and Events of  Swayambhunath Stupa Temple


The two main festivals celebrated at Swayambhunath are Buddha Jayanti(in April or May) and Losar (in February or March). During these times, many pilgrims visit the temple and the monks create a lotus pattern on the stupa with saffron-colored paint. Also important is the month-long Gunla celebration (August or September) marking the end of the rainy season.

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Nearest Hotels and Restaurants of Changu Narayan Temple


Mahadev Hotel-0.5 Km
Bagdurbar, Pokharaline

Hotel Mansarover-0.3 Km
Pashupatinath Road Mitrapark

Mirage Lords Inn Kathmandu-1.0 km
310 Battisputali Road

Palagya Hotel-0.5 Km
Near Tribhuvan International Airport,
Hotel Narayana-0.1 km
Gaushala Tilganga, Kathmandu

The Amadablam Hotel-0.6 Km

Hotel Pashupati Plaza-0.6Km
Gpo box 11502, Gaushala
Pashupatinath Road Mitrapark
Jay Bageshwori, Pashupati,
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Phone: +977 1447 3790

Hotel Travel Inn-0.6 Km
Gaushala 9,Kathmandu

Hotel Shraddha Palace-0.7 Km
Gaushala Chowk,Kathmandu

The Dwarika's Hotel-0.8

How To Reach  Swayambhunath Stupa Temple Kathmandu

By Road: There are public and private vehicles available to reach Swayambhunath Stupa Temple in Kathmandu Nepal.There are two ways to reach the top of the monkey temple: the first and the most common is to get there with a car but the most beautiful way to reach the top of this temple is to climb the 365 stairs of the temple.

By Rail: The Nearest Railway station is  Bhikhna Thori Railway Station  93 KM from Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu Nepal.

By Air: Kathmandu has its own Airport , so Nearest Airport is Kathmandu and  Gorakhpur Airport 245 Km from Boudhanath Stupa Nepal.

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