Day 3 – Swayambhunath, Monkey Temple

After breakfast we set off to Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage complex built on top of a hill. The site had two access points: a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, which is from the top of the hill to the east.

The place was very interesting, taking in everything and at the same time trying to listen to the city guide, he was a character, with his not so funny humour, on the way to the temple I had fallen asleep listening to him!

At the temple, I walked around with German, Jamie, James and Kris, I found the whole place fascinating. We were supposed to drive up near to the long stairway, this was not possible as the city was going to be congested with traffic and procession due to the death of a Nepali Congress president and former prime minister and the funeral was today.

We located the steps on the other side of the temple which we were originally going to take according to our tour guide, I found old local women walking up these stairs, they were so old, I could not believe the determination in these women to get up the stairs.

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We decided to go down the stairs and up again to experience the stairway, it quickly got hot and sweaty, I liked it coming from the cold in the UK. As the temple was high on the hilltop, we could see most of Kathmandu.

After we finished going around the grounds of the complex, we waited by the stairways down to the coach, at this point I introduced myself to Kevin and Thelma.

Our next stop was to go look at the Pashputinath Hindu Temple(Click Here)