On the top of the hill west of Kathmandu Valley, is one of the popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. Many tourists because of the large tribes of monkeys that guard the hill also refer to it as “Monkey Temple”. Legends say after the Bodhisattva Manjushree drained the water from the lake revealing the Kathmandu valley. Further, the Lotus on the island of the lake transformed into the hillock and the blazing light from the lotus became the statue.
Furthermore, 365 stone steps lead straight to one of the most sacred Buddhist sites, from where painted eyes of Swoyambhunath seem to peer down your soul. Set around the base of the Stupa is a continuous series of prayer wheels, which the pilgrims spin as they circumambulate the Stupa. Walk through the clusters of delicately carved Chaitya around. From the hilltop, you will have a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu valley. Early evening views are even more striking as the city lights begin to illuminate.