Boudhanath Travel Guide

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Located about 11 km northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal's biggest stupa, is thought to have been built in the 14th century. Boudhanath Stupa is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple.

Boudhanath Stupa has been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Boudhanath Temple
Main View Of Boudhanath Temple

How to get to Boudhanath Stupa?

By Taxi: Taxis are the most prevalent mode of tourist transportation to Boudhanath Stupa. It costs roughly 500 Nepalese rupees to go from Thamel to Boudhanath.

By Public Bus: Take a microbus from Jamal to Ratnapark. There is a direct microbus to Boudhanath leaving from Ratnapark, Jamal.

It costs roughly 30 rupees to get from Jamal, Ratnapark to Boudhanath Stupa. While taking public Buses expect some traffic on the Jamal to Boudhanath Stupa route.

After reaching Boudhanath, enter from the main gate, since we can enter from another gate, but we will miss the first glimpse of the Stunning Stupa.

Entrance fee for Boudhanath Stupa

The entrance fee is 400 NPR for foreigners and 100 NPR for SAARC nationals. All major entrances leading to the Stupa have ticket counters.

Explore Boudhanath circumambulating the Stupa clockwise.

Features of the Boudhanath Stupa are

Eyes of Buddha

Eyes of Buddha with prayers flags

Boudhanath is topped with a square tower bearing the omnipresent Buddha eyes on all four sides. Above this is the third eye, symbolizing the wisdom of the Buddha.

Prayer flags

The prayer flags tied to the stupa carry mantras and prayers into the Universe, fluttering in the wind. Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colors. The five colors represent the elements and the Five Pure Lights.

Circumambulating the Stupa clockwise

Monks, worshipers, and locals circumambulate the Stupa clockwise while praying and chanting.

It is believed when you go clockwise, you align with the natural force.

Lotus Petal Pattern

Lotus petal pattern in Boudhanath Stupa

Saffron water is used for the decorative lotus petal pattern.

Buy souvenirs and handicrafts.

There are many shops around the stupa where you can buy gifts, from singing bowls to prayer wheels and prayer flags.

The Boudhanath stupa is very important to Buddhists. Buddhism places a high value on this stupa. Every element of the stupa contains fascinating information that is quite interesting to learn.

Every structure contains information about Lord Buddha. It is a popular tourist destination in Nepal, with thousands of visitors each year.

There are many Buddhist Stupas in Kathmandu valley. Ashok stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa are the most visited stupas in Nepal.

Visit our travel guide to Swayambhunath Stupa

1 Comments on "Boudhanath Travel Guide"

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    Srin Jain

    Nice catchup, I was there in 2018. Very nice place to explore in Kathmandu valley. The structure of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath looks the same.

    1 year ago

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