Boudhanath Stupa

On the eastern side of Kathmandu is a huge Boudhanath Stupa. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. It is the sacred place for Buddhist pilgrims. Once you enter the stupa complex it resembles Bharkor street of Tibet with a considerable population of Tibetans, number of thriving monasteries and many small shops selling Tibetan artifacts. Furthermore, Boudhanath is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan culture is accessible, vibrant and unbound.

Around the base of the stupa, there is a circular mound of 108 small images of Dhyani Buddha Amitabha. A brick wall around the stupa has 147 niches, each with four or five prayer wheels bearing the immortal mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’. It is also possible to walk to the upper layers of the stupa. In late afternoons, you will find the monks chanting prayers around the stupa which will produce a spiritual vibe around the complex. Always remember to walk around the stupa clockwise.

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