Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the fascinating architectural jewels of the Country. This Buddhist shrine is said to build around 250 B.C. The white dome, the main feature of the stupa is identified with the spotless, pure jewel of Nirvana, and is crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha’s all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced (self-originated) years ago from the lake that initially filled the Kathmandu Valley.
From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the Valley. A long stairway reaches the Stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you’ll see devotees making rounds of the stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go around and around.
Other significant things to be seen here is a magnificent two-tiered golden temple of Harati, the grandmother deity of children and smallpox, believed being an Ogress until later converted into Buddhist and to be a great caretaker of the children. Next to the temple is the Dewa Dharma Monastery, noted for a bronze icon of Buddha and traditional Tibetan paintings, destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and reconstructed.
The huge gold-plated Vajra, set on the Dharmadhatu mandala at the side of the stupa, the priestly symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism, is worth a close look.
Book a guided tour with us, any language, with a cost of U$D 15.00 per person.
A government-certified language guide and all his expenses
Comfortable transportation (picked up and drop at your hotel)
Applicable entrance fees
Service does not include
Tips to the guide and drive and those not mentioned in above cost includes section.
A long stairway reaches the Stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys!”