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Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu

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Watching over the capital from its hilltop vantage point, Swayambhunath Temple stands proudly as one of the nation's most popular tourist and religious sites. Featuring a white dome topped with an iconic golden spire, the World Heritage-listed temple likely dates back to before the 5th century, when it was already a vital pilgrimage destination. The structure endured the devastation of the 2015 earthquake, its prayer flags continuing to flutter in the breeze. Step inside to see a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist iconography, or try spinning the prayer wheels yourself. A visit to Swayambhunath Temple represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kathmandu vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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Only a few establishments in Kathmandu suffered severe damage in the 2015 earthquake, which means that you can choose from a wide range of sleeping options. From luxurious hotels to inexpensive but cozy lodges, the city offers a suitable place for every type of budget. The neighborhood of Thamel contains most accommodations favored by foreign visitors, including basic guesthouses, budget hotels, and boutique establishments offering deluxe suites. For some of the least expensive options, look along Durbar Marg, a busy street just a few blocks from Thamel.
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  • There is a lot to see there...the temple area, the other stupas, the monkeys, etc...plan on spending some time and just observing...  more »
  • Interesting place to visit and beautiful views from the top. Great to go in the morning/ evening when it's cooler. Beware people from the bottom to the top will try and stop you to give tours or advic...  more »
  • This is one place not to missout on when in Katmandou. Just stumning is what this gem is. In the old quartiers of Katmandou as you walk around the ben from a small street flanked with voutiques full o...  more »