getting there & away
I arrived in Swayambhunath directly from Bodhnath stupa on the other side of Kathmandu, on a cab that was 220 rupees after a little bargaining. It was rush hour however, and it took 40 minutes to negotiate our way through the hectic traffic.
Do not try to get a rickshaw from Kathmandu to Swayambhunath, as most of the journey is uphill and you’ll either get off after the first hill or you’ll end up cycling yourself with the rickshaw man in the back.
As I stayed at the temple long after sunset, there were no cabs waiting for tourists to get them back to Thamel. However, the walk downhill to Durbar square was less than 30 minutes, and I got the chance to wander some backstreets off the old town while on curfew, which was quite an experience..
- Road Trip
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
The holy Sofa nr. 20
To reach the monkey Temple there are some possibilities to choose from: the easiest is to take a taxi, that will cost you around 80 nepali rupees.
The most cool one is to take the wellknown “Sofa” nr. 20 that leaves Thamel and take you to the stairs entrance. It would cost you only 7 rupees!