July 13, 2024

The monkeys swim here!

We huffed and puffed our way up to the fabulous Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu – reaching the top to see those watchful eyes look benevolently over the city.


And on our way down, we took a shorter and easier route and discovered this swimming pool for monkeys. A group of them swinging from trees, somersaulting into the green water and in general, behaving like monkeys.

Monkey swimming pool



The really fascinating sight was that of monkeys sitting by the water an splashing it vigorously to and fro and on each other. Introspective monkeys, playful monkeys, scardey-cat monkeys – we found them all in the course of the few minutes we spent there (I had to, of course, drag my husband away)

Monkeys frolicking

Hullo monkey

Swayambhunath has large groups of monkeys and is known to some (read, Westerners) as the monkey temple. They truly reign over the place – see this one munching on a bar of Snickers. Totally accustomed to human company, these monkeys were indifferent to fascinated passersby who stopped to play (what a bad idea) and photograph (a few monkeys posed obligingly).

monkey bars

So, have you found a swimming pool for any animal anywhere?

6 thoughts on “The monkeys swim here!

  1. Wow! I’ve never been a good- admirer of monkeys like most of the people and the reason is, I find them seriously more than just disturbance sometimes but, Swimming pool for monkeys? Now that’s an eye- opener even they deserve to have fun and chill out with snack bars. Lol!! I loved this blog!

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