Temples of Kathmandu

Even if you only have one day in Kathmandu you should visit the “Monkey Temple” (Swyambunath populated with new-born to mean-looking grandpa monkeys). My favorite Buddhist temple; Bodanath, famous for the huge eyes painted on the white round stupa. Bodanath is the largest Tibetan Temple in Kathmandu and there’s always some sort of festival going on around the large white stupa (dome). I also love Bodanath because it’s always crowded with traditionally dressed Tibetan pilgrims turning huge prayer wheels as they walk around the stupa chanting prayers. If you have time, the interest and stomach for it, also visit Pashupatinath (the Hindu temple on the river where the dead are cremated). This temple is also haunted by screeching monkeys, as well as aggressive beggars and hawkers.

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About Marybeth Bond

Marybeth Bond is the nation’s preeminent expert on women travel. She is the award-winning
author-editor of 11 books.

Marybeth has hiked, cycled, climbed, dived and kayaked her way through more than seventy countries around the world.

She was a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Marybeth has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, National Public Radio and National Geographic Weekend.


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