View of Kathmandu valley.
"The roving monkeys quickly snatch up any offerings of food made by the devotees and will just as quickly grab anything you may be carring."
Gebetsmühlen an der Stupa.
Buddhas eyes - Swayambhunath Stupa.
"Geologists believe that the Kathmandu Valley was once a lake, and legends relate that the hill on which Swayambhunath stands was an island in that lake (...). It is said that Emperor Ashoka paid a visit to the site over 2000 years ago. An inscription indicates that King Manadeva ordered work done here in 460 AD. By the 13th century it was an important Buddhist centre. In 1346 Mughal invaders from Bengal broke open the stupa to search for gold. The Mallas made improvments, and the stairway to the stupa was constructed by King Pratap Malla in the 17th century."
"From its hilltop setting, Swayambhunath offers fine views over Kathmandu and the valley. It's particularly striking in the early evening when the city is illuminated, and the site is also very attractive under the soft glow of moonlight. There are several curio shops around the stupa, as well as a couple of revining cafés."
LONELY PLANET, 6th, 2003, p.164
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