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Half-Day Tour to Swoyambhunath Stupa

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You can start this guided trip either in the morning or in the afternoon driving 3 KM to the Swayambhunath Stupa from the Kathmandu City. It is commonly known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living around the temple territories.

Although the site is considered Buddhist, the place is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Numerous Hindu monarch followers are known to have paid their homage to the temple, including Pratap Malla, the powerful king of Kathmandu, who is responsible for the construction of the eastern stairway in the 17th century.

There is a large pair of eyes on each of the four sides of the main stupa which represent Wisdom and Compassion. Above each pair of eyes is another eye, the third eye. It is said that when Buddha preaches, cosmic rays emanate from the third eye which acts as messages to heavenly beings so that those interested can come down to earth to listen to the Buddha. The hellish beings and beings below the human realm cannot come to earth to listen to the Buddha's teaching; however, the cosmic rays relieve their suffering when Buddha preaches. Between the two eyes (also called Wisdom Eyes), a curly symbol, symbolizing the nose, is depicted which looks like a question mark, which is a Nepali sign of number figure one. This sign represents the unity of all things existing in the world as well as the only path to enlightenment through the teachings of Buddha.[9]

There are carvings of the Panch Buddhas (five Buddhas) on each of the four sides of the stupa. There are also statues of the Buddhas at the base of the stupas. Panch Buddhas are Buddha in a metaphorical sense in Tantrayana. They are Vairochana (occupies the centre and is the master of the temple), Akshobhya (faces the east and represents the cosmic element of consciousness), Ratna Sambhava (faces the south and represents the cosmic element of sensation), Amitabha (He represents cosmic element of Sanjna and always faces the west) and Amoghsiddhi (He represents the cosmic element of confirmation and faces the north).

 
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Departure Point
From the Hotel you stay
Duration
5h
Return Details
To the Hotel you stay
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle with driver
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 11 April 2019 via mobile

Located at the heart of kathmandu. All the beauty of nature you can view from here. Gives peace of mind in every visit. Lovely place to visit anytime time.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Rajendra Man D, Manager at Adventure Thirdpole Treks, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2019

Thank you!!!

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  • Duration: 5h
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French
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