Boudha trekking information

Location

27° 43' 17.1696" N, 85° 21' 43.6896" E

Boudhanath stupaBoudhanath is among one of the largest stupas in South Asia and it is the main focused point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. It is situated in the eastern side of Kathmandu. This small town is also known as Boudha which is considered as a religious centre for Tibetans. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan culture is accessible, vibrant and unfettered. Apart from local Tibetans and Nepalis, there is also a community of foreign Buddhist students. 

You can easily reach Boudhanath by a bus which leaves from Ratna Park or Safa Tempo from Kantipath or by taxi. The way to Boudhanath is very busy, so don't be panicked if you stuck in a traffic jam. In Boudhanath you have to pay the entry fee to enter this World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal.

The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet and from generations to generations Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here over many centuries. It is believed that Boudhanath was build in the fifth century but we donot have a definite proof for this, but the Tibetans who settled here thinks that the stupas is of Tibetan foundation. The stupa has three platforms, one of top of the other. These platforms are known as Vimsatikona - the platform of twenty angles. The whole area of Boudhanath is rich in Tibetan culture. Thangkas, Tibetan Jewellery, hand-woven carpets, masks are sold there is stalls.

Late afternoon is the best time to visit. As the sun sets the whole community turns out to circumambulate the stupa. It's a great feeling to flow with their rituals process but donot forget to walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction. Losar festival is actively celebrated by the Tibetans and you can visit Boudhanath and enjoy the cultural ceremony like blowing long copper horns and masked dances.

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