One of the largest and most important structures of its kind in the country, Boudhanath Stupa holds a spot on the World Heritage List and serves as an icon of the city. Pay a visit to this holy site and you'll find it an epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism in the region, as the complex features a number of monasteries around it. Marvel at the stupa's massive base, topped with a sizable dome and a towering manadala, the golden triangular spire at the top. You can also admire the colorful statues around the dome and the tower's mysterious painted-on eyes.
Swayambhunath / Monkey Temple is a 2500 years old stupa situated on a hillock about 77 m above the ground level and over looking Katmandu valley. The painted eyes on four sides symbolize the all seeing eyes of Buddha and are watching all the time wrong doers and good doers. Swayambhunath is a very religious shrine of Buddhists. In Swayambhunath there are two Buddhist monasteries within the complex and a temple of Haratima where both Buddhists and Hindus worship this temple.