about 7 km east of Kathmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal
Bodhnath Stupa Kathmandu Reviews
Oct 01, 2006
One of my all time favourite places in the world is the area around the Bodhnath Stupa. It's located about 7 km's east of Kathmandu, Nepal. Although it's not really a temple, I really want to write about it in this group.
I was told that Bodhnath (AKA Boudhanath) is one of the holiest Buddhist sites around Kathmandu. The site is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The stupa is build on the Bodhnath site, which is like a little Tibetan village inside the city of Kathmandu, with many Tibetan refugees as inhabitants. There is also a monastry, with a big, bright shining bell on the outside.
The area was known to be an ancient trade route to Tibet where Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. Many Tibetan refugees that entered Nepal around 1950, decided to locate themselves around Bodhnath. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of a Kasyap sage venerable both to Buddhists and Hindus.
The Stupa is as well 40m wide as high, and to me it's a wonderful sight seeing it standing there in the center of what looks like a market place. The Stupa is filled with those colourful prairflags coming down from different stages. Some of them seem to be hanging there for quiet a long time. (considering the condition they are in) You can walk on the Stupa, and at the bottom you can walk around, spinning prairwheels.
To me it's a wonderful place that gives peace to my heart, food for my soul and a smile on my face.
Part of the Nepal, 2006 travel blog
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