Swayambhunath Stupa is a big deal in Kathmandu. It is termed as the most iconic landmark nestled way up on a hill in the west of the city, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main structure of the stupa is a large dome-shaped structure that is covered in gold and white paint. The spire holds a pair of large eyes, which are said to represent the wisdom and compassion of the Lord Buddha.


The stupa is believed to have been built more than 2,000 years ago and is surrounded by several temples and shrines and of course the monkeys. You will see thousands of monkeys there which are considered to be sacred and are a popular attraction for visitors. However, visitors are advised to be cautious and to keep their belongings secured, as monkeys there are quite mischievous.


From Swayambhunath Stupa, you will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the city – it is a sight to behold.