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Boudhanath Stupa

It was my first time in Kathmandu, and by plan we suppose to take a bus to Pokhara on the next day, which gave me an opportunity to have a quick day trip around the city! Fabian will act as my tour guide today as both he and Mandy was here before, but Mandy couldn't join us as she not feeling well, better for her to have more rest it the hotel instead. As per recommendation by Dipendra, we first get on board on a taxi for a 7 KM trip for 500 rupees, to visit one of the most significant landmark here in Kathmandu, the Boudhanath Stupa, which declared as UNESCO World Heritages Site on 1979, and remain one of the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu. The Stupa was build on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. It then turns directly south, heading over the Bagmati River to Lalitpur - thus bypassing the main city of Kathmandu today. Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Boudhanath.

The Stupa was absolutely stunning, and I found that the whole compound that was build surrounding it was equally amazing as well. It looked great from every angle within the compound, but we found a best spot to have a nice view on it from Guru Lhakhang Monastery, especially from the roof top, don't miss it! You may walk through few entrance to enter the stupa ground freely, but not allow to take the final stairs towards the top of it. This whole area was packed with countless praying flags, which adding more colors to the stupa compound which mainly painted in white. Oh yeah, Himalaya Java cafe facing the compound also offering superb view of the stupa from high, and their drinks was superb as well!

Can't take my eyes away from those eyes!

Notice to read through before the visit.

400 rupee for non SAARC country foreigner.

Walking around the compound.

Fabian capture video with phone pairing with gimbal.

Each side of the stupa have a similar design, hence you almost will see those eyes from everywhere within the compound.

Wider view of the stupa and its compound.

This was taken from 2nd floor of Guru Lhakhang Monastery.

You may follow that door to have a walk towards the stupa.

The entrance into Guru Lhakhang Monastery main temple.

Dramatic view of the beautiful stupa with flock of pigeons flying over my framing.

The view from here even better!

The symbol of Tibetan Buddhist: Dharma wheels, and deer.

Walking closer to the stupa now. The staircase toward the top of it was blocked with all these vases.

Fabian with the Boudhanath Stupa.

Me with the Boudhanath Stupa.

Just beautiful!

Wider view of it from same spot.

A girl was feeding these pigeons on the compound ground.

Hawker along the walking street close to the compound.

Interesting color of the fruits stall.

Purposely walk over here once again to have another view of it before leaving!

Suddenly my legs looked so long in this photo, haha!

Bye for now, beautiful Boudhanath Stupa!

Boudhanath Stupa - Nepal

November 2018

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