Tour of Kathmandu:

Swombhunath, popular among tourists as Monkey Temple, is an ancient stupa atop a hill in the western part of Kathmandu. The temple complex consists of a stupa looking down the Kathmandu Valley as well as some temples and other structures dating back to the Lichchhavi era. According to myths, the entire Kathmandu Valley was a lake where a lotus with self-created flame grew. The stupa gets its name from the self-created flame as Swoyambhu literally means self-created. The temple complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Charumati Bihar:
This small stupa on the side of a busy road in Chabahil is dedicated to Charumati – the daughter of Emperor Ashoka. It is believed to have been built in 3rd century BC when Emperor Ashoka was visiting Nepal together with his daughter. This stupa is even older than the grand Bouddhanath Stupa.

Bouddhanath Stupa:
Bouddhanath Stupa lies 11 kilometers east of Kathmandu city center. Seated on a massive mandala, it is one of the largest stupas in the world. Legends say that the stupa entombs the remains of Kassapa Buddha. The stupa is believed to have been built in 4th century BC and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The stupa, which suffered some damage in the 2015 earthquakes, was renovated recently.

Golden Temple:
Golden Temple lies just north of Patan Durbar Square. Built in around 12th century, the temple is in current form since 1409 AD. Also known as Hiranya Varna Mahavihar (Hiranya means Gold) and Kwa Bahal, the temple gets its name from the gilded metal plates that cover most of its façade. Two elephant statues guard the doorway and the frontage is covered by a host of gleaming Buddhist figures. Inside the main shrine is a beautiful statue of Sakyamuni. To the left of the courtyard is a statue of Green Tara and in the right corner is a statue of the Bodhisattva Vajrasattva wearing an impressive silver-and-gold cape. Both are inside inner shrines. The four corners of the courtyard have statues of four Lokeshvaras (incarnations of Avalokiteshvara) and four monkeys. A stairway leads to an upper-floor chapel dedicated to a white eight-armed Avalokiteshvara. Don't forget to see an embossed mandala mounted on the ceiling.

Buddhist Circuits of Kathmandu Valley
Swoyambhu to Shakyamuni Cycle Rally
Lumbini Peace Marathon
Four Ashoka Stupas Tour
Buddhist Sites around Kathmandu

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