The stupa listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site is located in the town of Boudha, on the eastern edge of Kathmandu. Being one of the largest stupas in South Asia, Boudhanath stupa stands out as one of the finest forms of ancient architecture with the watchful eyes of Buddha fixed at the central tower. Not only it reflects Nepali architecture but you can also appreciate the monasteries built around the area by neighbor Tibetans merchants and Tibetan refugees over the years.
You can have an access to the Tibetan Buddhist culture with the lanes around the stupa stuffed with accessories essential for Tibetan Buddhist life i.e. monasteries and workshops producing butter lamps, ceremonial horns, Tibetan drums and monks’ headgear.
The best time to visit Bodhnath is late afternoon, when the group tours head home and elderly exiles stroll down to the stupa to light butter lamps, spin prayer wheels, chant mantras, socialize and stroll clockwise around the monument as part of their daily spiritual workout.
Although the 2015 earthquake caused some minor damage to the stupa, the tower has been fully restored through the efforts of local people.