It is 3 km away from the west of Kathmandu. Old story goes back thousands of years Swayambhunath was an island. Later, a stupa was built. Manadeva King contributed to the preparation of the stupa at 460. After the Mughal invasion, which was distorted and had to undergo renovation in the 14th century. King Pratap Malla in the 17th century architecture even more and also added a ladder to reach the stupa. At present, the stupa is a solid hemisphere of brick and clay supporting a high conical tower crowned by a pinnacle of copper gilt and has adorned the eyes of Buddha on the four sides of the base of needles. Buddhists regard it as the most holy place. Swayambhunath also offers a majestic view of the Kathmandu Valley.