Nepal: Part Two

Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

I’ve struggled with writing this post because these are the last of the photos I have to share from my trip to Nepal two weeks ago, and I wasn’t ready to close the book on the trip yet.

The one place I wanted to see in all of Nepal was Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, and on our last full day in Nepal we visited there. Swayambhunath, which sits atop a hill — the drive up the hill is incredibly steep — is a Buddhist temple and offers an amazing view of Kathmandu. It was also the first place we were able to catch the sunset since in the other places we stayed the mountains blocked the view. Swayambhunath is home to about a thousand monkeys who just freely wander around the place, which freaked me out a lot. They don’t come over and bother you thankfully, but they got a little too close to comfort for me and I think my friends thought it was hilarious how I would run anytime one got within 10 feet of me. It is also home to stray dogs which I would gladly take over the monkeys. The stupas with the Buddhist eyes are a sight to see and if only we hadn’t gotten there so late in the day we would’ve been able to see more.

Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Swayambhunath in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

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