Jan 30, 2008

Bodhnath Stupa Nepal

In Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley you can look into a pair of eyes you won’t soon forget. They are the eyes of Buddha painted on the Bodhnath stupa. Stupas are sacred Buddhist shrines and Bodhnath is the largest in Nepal.

Bodhnath is also the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Monks in saffron robes walk around the stupa spinning prayer wheels. Above them multi-colored prayer flags flutter in the breeze. A Unesco World Heritage Site it isn’t known exactly when the current stupa was built but it’s believed to be about seven centuries old.

Located several miles outside the city of Kathmandu the best time to visit is in the late afternoon when it is less crowded. Visitors are welcome to walk up and around the stupa but if you do make sure it’s clockwise.

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