Greetings from Nepal….wish you were here!
Photo taken of Swayambhunath (or “Monkey Temple”) Kathmandu, Nepal in November 2010.
I hired a guide to see some of the top sites in Kathmandu before heading back to the States. One of my favorites was Monkey Temple. As you climb up to the temple which overlooks the entire sprawling city of Kathmandu, there are indeed monkeys. Lots of them. The views on top of this sacred place are breathtaking and the colors of the temple blow you away. Definitely worth a visit!
Swayambhunath (Devnagari: स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप; sometimes romanized Swoyambhunath) is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. The Tibetan name for the site means ‘Sublime Trees’ (Wylie:Phags.pa Shing.kun), for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. (Wikipedia)