In the quotidian bustle of this increasingly congested and sprawling valley, the sacred is never too far away. Swayambu is one of three main temple complexes, along with Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. Swayambu is perhaps the most dynamic, with layers of various spiritual influences and mythologies, making it important for all major traditions in the valley. And there are monkeys – troops of raucous rhesus macaque monkeys. No wait, those aren’t monkeys, those are kids. The monkeys are over there.
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