Swayambhunath Temple, one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal. Because of the numerous (holy) monkeys living in the temple, it is also known as the ‘Monkey Temple’. The monkeys are called ‘holy’ because of the legend that Majusri, the bodhisattva of wisdom and learning was raising the hill which the Swayambhunath Temple stands on. He was supposed to leave his hair short but he made it grow long and head lice grew. It is said that the head lice had transformed into these monkeys (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swayambhunath).
Bodhnath is the largest Buddhist stupa, or shrine, in Nepal, and is one of the UNESCO cultural heritage sites in Nepal. It’s a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists, and one of the most important holy places in Nepal.
Over the weekend, we went to the Gokarna Forest Golf Resort, which was part of the Le Meridien Hotel grounds. It was a nice walk through the forest. We didn’t see any monkeys, although we heard them out by the trees. They didn’t come out.
Driving range …………………………. Over the ravine ……………………… Looking for the golf balls
We had lunch at the restaurant there, and stayed there through the afternoon instead of going out for the second nine holes.
Walking through the hotel, we saw a monkey up on the roof. He disappeared before I could get out the camcorder.