Boudhanath Stupa is one of the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world. Boudhanath temple is situated 8 km to the east of Kathmandu. As it has its historical importance and religious beauty UNESCO has enlisted Boudhanath Stupa in World Heritage Site. Boudha Stupa is beautifully built on the massive three levels of Mandala designed platform. The surrounding is covered with the colorful house of local residence where you can find lovely café and restaurants to enjoy the beauty of Boudhanath Temple.
Basically, Boudha stupa is similar to Swayambhunath stupa. It is said that Boudhanath Temple was built during the 5th century. Boudha area can be seen as small Tibet since the area is surrounded by Tibetan Monasteries and we can see monks frequently around Boudhanath Stupa with their prayer wheels.
Boudhanath, residing in the center of Kathmandu is just 2.2 miles away from Tribhuvan International Airport. It is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. It is considered an important place of meditation for Buddhist and is the largest stupa in Kathmandu valley. Surrounded by countless monasteries, it is the center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Once entered from the main entrance, you will see a white dome with a golden spire that has Buddha’s eyes overlooking the city. The prayer wheels installed around the stupa are for spinning and sending prayers and mantras to heaven.
Boudhanath has been an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists & local Nepalese. It is also a popular tourist site. In 1979, Boudha became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Stupa of Boudhanath is the focal point of the district. There are at least 29 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries & Nunneries) around Boudhanath. The culture is very much Himalayan with a strong presence of Tibetans & Sherpas. As a daily ritual, many people walk three or more times around the stupa while repeating the mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ either quietly or aloud. During the days of & surrounding the full moons, the air is often thick with incense & mantras sung by monks, & the number of people visiting the Stupa increases significantly, along with the intensity of their mantras & prayers.