Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Although I was in Nepal, roof of the world, for ten days, I only had limited time in its capital city of Kathmandu.

Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal
Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nonetheless, I managed to visit one of the most popular landmarks of the city: Boudhanath. In fact, I visited twice, upon my arrival at Kathmandu from Kuala Lumpur, and again when I returned after spending 7 days in the Manaslu Conservation Area.

entrance
entrance

My photos don’t significantly portray its magnificence as it was raining cats and dogs during my initial visit. On my second attempt, it was already sundown, so the light was poor. Not a problem, as this unique structure should be visited personally, no matter your religion or belief.

 compound
compound

Boudhanath is open daily from 4am until 7pm during summer and from 4am until 6pm during winter. Don’t be surprised to see devotees start making the clockwise rounds around the stupa as early as 4am and 5am, saying their prayers whilst spinning the prayer wheels that are installed along the outer circular wall of the monument.

prayer wheels
prayer wheels

As mentioned, we should walk in a clockwise direction as we spin the prayer wheels. Similarly, to enter the grounds of Boudhanath, we step in from its left door, and exit from the other, to keep to the clockwise direction.

upper level
upper level

Boudhanath is a religious site, therefore, a few prohibitions are in place, and they include, smoking, drinking, littering and misbehaviour.

 view from a first-floor café on the opposite side of the road
view from a first-floor café on the opposite side of the road

In April 2015, Boudhanath was severely damaged by the Nepal earthquake. The monument that we see now was reconstructed since November 2015, with donations pouring in from around the world.

Boudha Stupa has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. It is believed that if you were to make a wish when you first lay your eyes on Boudhanath, your wish will come true. If this miracle did happen to you, do share with us.

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With love

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