Nepal is a county rich in cultural and religious heritage which is evidenced by its numerous sacred sites where stupas and temples can be found.
In Kathmandu, there are a good number of these sacred places where majestic temples and holy stupas are visited by thousands of travelers from all over the world all year-round.
The Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu – Nepal is one such sacred site that is a must-see for tourists.
Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu – Nepal is located approximately eight kilometers off the eastern section of the city centre of Kathmandu, within the suburb of Boudhanath.
You can reach the Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu – Nepal via public transports available right in Kathmandu. One of the most affordable modes of transport is the rickshaw and this can easily take you to the site where the stupa is located.
On the other hand, you can also take a taxi or a bus to get around the city but the best option for those who wish to explore Kathmandu at a more leisurely pace is exploring on foot.
What to See and Do
When you go visit the Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu – Nepal, you will be instantly amazed by its giant Tibetan mandala. The cardinal points of this mandala are marked by Dhyani Buddhas and the center enshrines Vairocana Buddha.
The Bouddhanath has nine levels representing the mythical mountain of Mt. Meru which is the central point of the cosmos and there are thirteen rings that are found from the base to the top of the stupa represent the “path to enlightenment.”
The bottom is also surrounded by walls on which you can view frescoes.
The Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu – Nepal is one of the most sacred stupas in Tibetan Buddhism visited by the faithful as well as tourists all year-round. The giant mandala of this stupa is also among the largest spherical stupas in the country.
It is said that Licchavi King Man Dev undertook the task of building this stupa during the fifth century AD. There are also claims that it was actually during the rule of King M?nadeva between 464 and 505 CE that the stupa was constructed.
The cost to visit the Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu – Nepal is one hundred rupees per person.
Taxis generally start about 10 rupees in the day time and 15 rupees at night.
If you happen to be visiting the Bouddhanath Stupa in Kathmandu – Nepal during the Tibetan New Year, which occurs some time between February and March; you can witness one of the country’s biggest festivities, the Festival of Losar.