BoudhaNath Stupa Kathmandu Reviews
The Centre of Buddhism in Nepal Mar 11, 2011
The iconic Stupa of Boudhanath is for me one of the most unique and spiritual places i have ever had the chance to visit. I had been living in Kathmandu for about 2 months before i finally decided to visit this spiritual place.
A taxi from Thamel, the main tourist area of Kathmandu costs about 200rs at the most and about 20rs by public bus from Ratna Park.
Arriving at the gate of the Boudhanath Stupa, i noticed the large amount of Tibetan people. I did not feel like i was in Hindu Nepal anymore. After paying a reasonable 500rs to enter, i was instantly in awe of the massive Boudhanath Stupa. The Stupa is one the largest Buddhist Stupas in all the world and certainly the centre of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet. It is really a spiritual experience to glare upon this mighty icon of buddhism.
After spending about 10 minutes just staring in awe of the Stupa i began the slow walk around taking photo after photo. The buildings all around the Stupa are full of little tibetan cafes and souvenir shops playing meditation music. Mingled amongst the many tourists are hundreds of Buddhists young and old in traditional robes. Everyone walks around the stupa clockwise as it is seen as good luck.
Once you walk round the Stupa, you can then proceed to go into the Stupa. I am not sure if you can go underneath the Stupa or if there is even a room(s) under it at all but you can climb some stairs and go onto the giant stone steps. For the most photographed place in Nepal, there is always a chance to take that unique photograph as the Stupa looks very different and wonderful depending on the angle you are looking from.
After spending about 2 hours on the Stupa, sitting in the afternoon sun and listening to the many buddhists chanting their prayers, i decided to go to one of the rooftop cafes surrounding the Stupa to capture a sunset photo of the Stupa.
The prices in the cafes and restaurants are a little bit more expensive but nothing dramatic. So i sat on the rooftop of the cafe overlooking the Beautiful Stupa that started to change to a light purple in the sunlight and a very bright golden colour on the top. It really was one of the most spiritual experiences of my whole life to see the prayer flags fluttering in the wind and to hear the Buddhists chanting and ringing their bells...
An experience i will never forget!
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