Swayambhunath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the most iconic sites of Kathmandu. Also known as monkey temple, the stupa is one of the glorious Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu. It’s also surrounded by numerous statues, temples and stone chorten – as well as the creatures. The stupa located on the west of Kathmandu offers visitors information on the history and origins of Buddhism in Nepal. Aside from the views over the city and the ancient carvings in every available space, it's crowded with monkeys mingling with the visitors.


- The great stupa is surrounded on all sides by a veritable sculpture garden of religious monuments.
- Around 800m south of Swayambhunath at Chhauni, this sprawling museum set in a walled compound


- Sightseeing
- Pilgrimage

How to get there?

The base of the hill is a 30-minute walk from Thamel (make sure you have a map as there are several confusing intersections along the way), or take a taxi or rickshaw.


Nepal through the eyes of our visitors