I’m not one for being all touristy, but I am in Kathmandu, a city saturated in history. After much deliberation, a few of us decided to visit the Swayambhunath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, last weekend. Also known as the Monkey Temple because of the many monkeys that live on the hill (they even have their own swimming pool), Swayambhunath is one of the oldest and most-visited religious sites in Nepal.
Many of the buildings on the hill have been damaged beyond repair (or so it would seem, just witnessing their current state). The main stupa though remains intact. We decided to get a lift up the hill to complex’s main entrance, rather than to climb the 365 steps, like many of the site’s pilgrims do daily. A good choice on a sweltering hot day, in the end!
It is all most impressive but very sad to see so many ancient buildings lying in ruins.
You can see more photos of the damage caused by the earthquakes here.