You have decided to sign up to an Ian Taylor Trekking trip to Everest Base Camp, Annapurna or one of the other trekking regions in the Himalaya’s. No matter what trek you are going to take you will have to pass through Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is a vibrant, lively, and beautifully different city to explore. You could spend a week extra visiting some of the many world heritage sites, caving, rafting, visiting temples and the spectacular towns that surround the city center of Kathmandu. The main tourist district is Thamel, it is full of quality restaurants, trekking, gift and jewelry shops and great place to relax and experience the crazy streets of Kathmandu. Visiting Kathmandu after the recent earthquakes is important. Yes, some of the world heritage were damaged and destroyed in the recent earthquakes but the Kathmandu valley is still amazing and worth some time to explore.
The Kathmandu valley has many hidden treasures. We want to help you decide where you should spend your time while you are there. In this blog post we will look at Boudhanath.
Boudhanath is one of the four world heritage sites in Nepal. It is 6km North East from the centre of the Kathmandu valley. The Boudhanath is one of largest and most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. It is also one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sights. The Stupa towers above a small Tamang village that since the arrival of Tibetan refugees in the 1960’s has become the centre of a thriving town of monasteries, craftsmanship and businesses. It is the principle centre of the Himalayan Buddhist worship and studies in the Kathmandu valley. It is indeed, in the Indian sub-continent, a major destination of the pilgrims from the Himalayas, Tibet and South-East and Eastern Asia. The stupa is commonly known as Boudha, meaning lord of wisdom. It is a protective, purifactory and wish granting stupa and one place you should consider spending some time in while you are in Kathmandu.