Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most iconic and significant landmarks in Kathmandu. Each year numerous tourists visit here. It is well known as the “Great Stupa” or the “Stupa of Enlightenment.” Visitors can walk around the base and spin the prayer wheels, which is believed to bring good luck.
In addition to its status as a sacred structure, Boudhanath Stupa serves as the beating heart of Tibetan culture and community, and numerous shops and restaurants as well as monasteries surround the stupa’s vicinity. A visit here offers plenty to take in for several hours and with its striking architecture, lively community, yet peaceful atmosphere, it is guaranteed to keep you interested for long.
what to see
- Walk in a clockwise direction around the stupa
This sacred site is considered one of the most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites and is ideal for paying homage by walking clockwise around the stupa while turning the prayer wheels alongside other pilgrims. You will feel a sense of peace follow you while doing so.
- Buy souvenirs and handicrafts
If you are fond of souvenirs and handicrafts, you’re in for a treat around the Boudhanath stupa. This place is heaven where you find several shops offering an array of options that include prayer wheels, singing bowls, and prayer flags. However, for a broader range of selections, it is advisable to explore the enthralling backstreets of Boudhanath too.
- Enjoy a meal at one of the rooftop restaurants
If you’re seeking a marvelous view of the stupa, then you got it too. There are numerous rooftop restaurants to choose from that provide you with just that. The city offers a plethora of options to satisfy your craving for stunning scenery of the entire place alongside a delicious meal to enjoy.
- Learn Thangka painting
Boudha has gained notoriety for its exquisite Thangka paintings. Additionally, in very close proximity to the Stupa, one can explore various Thangka Art Schools offering the opportunities to receive coaching in Thangka artistry too- which will be a delight to visit!
- Visit the monasteries
The Tamang Gompa, also referred to as the Guru Lhakhang Monastery, is situated in front of the Boudhanath Stupa within the Boudhanath circle. It is accessible to the general public and I recommend climbing the stairs to the second and rooftop floors for breathtaking views. Boudhanath has other monasteries which are also worth exploring, including the impressive Shenchen Monastery, Jamchen Lhakhang, White Monastery Ka-Nying Shedrup Ling, and the Sakya Tharig Gompa.
- Visit the Taragaon park
If you’re visiting Boudhanath, be sure to add Taragaon Park to your itinerary. Not only is it a quaint museum, but it’s also conveniently situated a mere 10-15 minutes away from the Stupa.
- Experience Buddhism Meditation
Last but not the least, if you’re seeking to reconnect with your inner self and experience Buddhist meditation, Boudhanath is an excellent option in Kathmandu. There are numerous meditation centers in and around this area that are devoted to this practice.