Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. The stupa is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu.
Take an early morning or evening stroll around the inspiring white dome buzzing with energy, Boudhanath Stupa; observe the devout passersby, light a butter lamp and send a prayer where you wish, look around for souvenirs, or observe all from a nearby rooftop restaurant with coffee in hand.
Situated 8 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu, Boudhanath, is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, visible as soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley.
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History of Boudhnath Stupa
The 36-meter-high stupa of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. With countless monasteries surrounding it, Boudhanath is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.
Built-in the shape of a mandala designed to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet, the stupa was renovated by Licchhavi rulers in the 8th century. The location of the stupa is interesting as it once lay on the ancient trade route to Tibet and it was here that Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for centuries.
On each side are a pair of the all-seeing-eyes of the Buddha symbolizing awareness. The canopy has 13 stages. At ground level, there is a brick wall with 147 niches and 108 images of the meditational Buddha inset behind copper prayer wheels.
How to reach Boudhnath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa is inside the Kathmandu Valley so One can reach easily there on Local bus from any part of Kathmandu Valley. You can also hire a local Taxi. It is nearly 4.5 Km. from Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu.
Festivals and Events
This Stupa gets a large number of visitors all over the year. During the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year) in February/March, Boudhanath hosts the largest celebration in Nepal.
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