Ward No. 15

Surrounded by the city on three sides and the pleasant villages of Sitapaila and Ichangu on the western side, Ward No. 15 is situated in the west of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City. It is bordered by the Bishnumati river in the east, Sitapaila and Ichangu VDCs in the west, Ward No. 16 in the north, and Ward No. 13 in the south. Created out of Swayambhu and Swayambhu VDC in 1977, the ward has an area of 316.5 hectares and its population in 2001 was 32,441.

The fabulous Swayambhu area, a World Heritage Site and one of the symbols by which Nepal is known internationally, is the ward's center of attraction. In fact, it would not be inappropriate to say that Ward No. 15 is known by the name of Swayambhu. Besides this glorious stupa, there are multitudes of other religious and historic sites here, like Shobha Bhagawati, Bijeswari, Gita temple, Ajima temple, Manjushree, Lakhu Tirtha (which is associated with the founding of the Nepal Era), and numerous Buddhist monasteries. The grand 12-yearly Samyak festival, which used to be graced by the King, takes place in the ward at Bhuikhel and Bijeswari. The ward is also honored to be the home of Nepal's one and only natural history museum.

The Dallu Housing Project and the Bishnumati link road (a section lies within the ward) are some of the large projects carried out here. Preservation work in the Swayambhu area is being done with the joint efforts of the local people, the Department of Archaeology and various NGOs. A large part of the ward is army area, which also includes the Birendra Army Hospital. The ward consists mostly of high ground, except for the Chamati, Chagal, Ayra Hiti and Pande Phant regions. Swayambhu, built on a huge rock and situated at a height, is not much affected by earthquakes.

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