Swayambhunath Stupa / Monkey Temple

The history of the Valley, consistent with the legends, starts with Swayambhu, or “the self-existent”. In times uncharted by history, Boddhisatwa Manjusri came across a lovely lake in the midst of his voyage. He saw a lotus that emitted bright light at the lake’s center, so he curtail a chasm in a southern rise and emptied the waters to worship the lotus. Men settled on the bed of the pond and called it the Kathmandu Valley. From then on, the apex of the self-existent Lord has been a heavenly place.