The Swayambhunath Temple is one of the most attractive monuments of Nepal. There is a legend that the man of wisdom Majushsri was on carving the hill when he had a vision of the divine lotus. On removing the lotus of Lord Swayambhu the whole water of the land was drained out and hence the present valley of Kathmandu appeared.
The Swayambhunath Temple is basically a gleaming stupa with small stupas surrounding it. Atop the main stupa there is a towering spire which is the manifestation of the eye of the Buddha. The spire is gilded with gold and the white and golden colour combination brings forth the tranquillity of this temple. The temple is a sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple but it is also revered by the Hindu pilgrims. The position of the Swayambhunath Temple and the structure of the temple manifest the feel that the eyes of the great Buddha are watching over the Kathmandu Valley. The temple is also called the Monkey Temple because of the huge hoard of monkeys living in the premises. The Swayambhunath Temple is a great crowd puller. The panoramic sunset from the Swayambhunath Temple is the USP of this tourist spot.