One place I was a little apprehensive about going to was Monkey Temple, more formally known as Swayambhunath. I’m not a huge fan of monkeys to be honest. They’re beyond cute but in our travels we’ve come across one two many aggressive ones and seen one too many tourist get chased (which I’ll admit is secretly a little entertaining to watch, as long as it’s not us!). But while I’m not a huge fan of monkeys the monkeys here had more personality than I’ve seen before. They were running around playing with cd’s and my favorite was when one young monkey decided to make a nearby puppy his play-thing while he tugged on his tail and chased him around.
Monkey Temple is located at the top of a hill near the center of Kathmandu and offers incomparable views of the city below. On a clear day you can even see the Himalayas from the top. The main attraction is the giant white stupa in the center of the temple with prayer wheels, prayer flags and the infamous eyes of Nepal painted near the top. It actually got it’s name from an old legend that Majusri, the bodhisattva (an enlightened being) of wisdom and learning was raised on this hill. He grew his hair long, had lice and the lice then turned into all of the monkeys found on top of the hill. Hence, Monkey Temple. Makes you think twice about the cute little creatures doesn’t it?