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Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu

These images pre-date the devastating April 2015 earthquake which caused widespread damage and loss of life across the Kathmandu Valley.

Thamel, the tourist precinct of Kathmandu, lies within 40 minutes walk of the great hilltop stupa of Swayambu on the western edge of the city. Three hundred stairs climb steeply up the hill – watched by gambolling monkeys – to the white dome surmounted by a golden four-sided pillar painted on each side with the heavy-lidded, all-seeing blue-and-gold eyes of the Buddha.

These images were taken with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing.

Selling garlands at the foot of the stupa
Selling garlands at the foot of the stupa
Ascending the hill
Ascending the hill
Keep an eye out for these rogues...
Keep an eye out for these rogues...
Swayambhu Stupa, Kathmandu
Swayambhu Stupa, Kathmandu
Almost at the stupa
Almost at the stupa
Almost at the stupa
Almost at the stupa
Gilded shrine
Gilded shrine
Polychrome carving above a door frame
Polychrome carving above a door frame
Tibetan monk, Swayambu Stupa
Tibetan monk, Swayambu Stupa
Tibetan tea shopkeeper, Swayambu Stupa
Tibetan tea shopkeeper, Swayambu Stupa
Time out
Time out
Butter lamps
Butter lamps
Candles at the ready
Candles at the ready
Buddhas face each compass direction
Buddhas face each compass direction
Prayer wheels, inscribed in Tibetan
Prayer wheels, inscribed in Tibetan