BOUDDHANATH STUPA

BOUDDHANATH STUPA

Situated 8 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu, Bauddhanath 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 and is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the many world heritage sites to be found in Nepal, Boudhanath Stupa is not only fascinating but also Peaceful with lovely surroundings. Located about 7 km east of Kathmandu, the stupa is in many ways similar to the old and beloved Swayambhunath. According to tradition, Boudhanath Stupa was built in Boudhanath in the fifth century AD. The Boudhanath Temple is the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal and the stupa measures an impressive 36 meters in height. This makes it one of the largest stupas in South Asia. The stupa has been built on a massive three level mandala style platform. Part of the reason why the Boudhanath Stupa has become so popular is that it is situated on a trade route between Tibet and Nepal and merchants often chose to rest here and offer prayers during their travels. During the 1950s a number of Tibetan refugees settled at Boudhanath forming a township around the shrine. Today you will find a busy settlement complete with shrine and complementary curio shops and restaurants. There are also a number of smaller stupas and monasteries to be found here which are worth taking a look at. After refreshment and lunch continue sightseeing to:

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