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[[Image:800px-IMG_0361_Kathmandu_Bodnath.jpg|thumb|400px|Boudhanath Stupa]]
'''Boudhanath''' [http://www.welcomenepal.com/brand (also known as Boudha, pronounced 'Bo-da') is located 7 km East/unesco_boudhanath.asp] is a suburb Northeast of [[Kathmandu]] and & home to one of the largest Buddhist ''stupas'' in the world. Boudhanath is also known as Boudha, pronounced 'Bo-da'built during the 5th century AD.
==Understand==
In 1979For centuries, Boudhanath became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today, it remains has been an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists and & local Nepalis, as well . It is located on what was a major trade route between Nepal & Tibet. Many traveling merchants used it as a resting place. 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 over 50 at least 29 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries& Nunneries) around Boudhanath. The culture, remains is very much Himalayan with a strong presence of Tibetans and & Sherpas, and this as can be evidenced by the number of restaurants selling ''momos'' and , ''thukpa'' and & other Tibetan favorites. In fact, when traveling into the area, it is often the sight of Many maroon clad Tibetan Buddhist monks and & nuns that indicates you are getting close. Boudhanath remains a fascinating area with many Buddhist temples and eccentric characters. It is a very spiritual areacan be seen walking around Boudha, especially at the Stupa. As a daily ritual, many people walk three laps (or more) times around the stupa while repeating the mantra 'Om mani padme humMani 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. Boudha is a fascinating & very spiritual area. Most of the restaurants & shops are closed by 8 pm.
===Recommended reading===
*'''Boudhanath: The Great Stupa''' by Keith Dowman. A translation of the legend of the great stupa as disclosed in a hidden treasure teaching of Guru Rinpoche. *'''Om Mani Padme Hum - Wikipedia has an informative article''': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_mani_padme_hum*'''Buddha's Teachings - The Four Noble Truths''': http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoudhanathFour_noble_truths
==Get in=='''Taxis''': From the Kathmandu '''airport''', pay no more than 150rs (for pre-paid, expect to pay much more, but it saves the hassle of bargaining). From or from '''Thamel''', expect to pay no more than 130rs250-350 rupees (2011). These prices If you are max. If your purpose for visiting Boudhanath is coming to see the Boudha stupaStupa, then tell the taxi driver that you wish to go to '''Boudha Stupa main Gate'''. This is the main entrance to the stupa. <BR>There are also a number of local '''buses and vans ''' that carry passengers from all over in the Kathmandu Valley around Ring Road (which loops around Kathmandu & the Kathmandu Valley ) to Chabihil for 15 to 20 rupees. From Chabihill it's a 15 min. walk, or one can take one of the many buses/vans to Boudha the 'Bouda Stupa main gate' for another 15 rupees, or walk for 20 mins. up the Boudha road to the Stupa.
==Get around==
Most of the sites of interest are located near the stupa and can easily be reached on foot. Taxis are available on the main road by the main stupa gate, until around 8 pm.
==See==
[[Image:Boudhanath.jpg|right|thumb|250px|left|Boudhanath Stupa]]
*'''Boudhanath Stupa'''. According to legend, Boudhanath Stupa was built during the 5th century AD, by an an old poultry woman who asked the king for land to construct a shrine to the Buddha. The king agreed, and offered her as much land as she could cover with the skin of a water buffalo. The woman proceeded to cut a buffalo hide into thin strips, and placed them end to end to form a huge circumference. The king realized that he had been tricked by the old woman, but he adhered to his word, and the stupa was constructed according to these dimensions. Nowadays, the stupa is the most popular site for Buddhists in Nepal, and throughout the day pilgrims can be seen circumambulating the structure chanting mantras. It is especially spectacular at night when adorned with butter lamps. Remember to walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction and also to spin the prayer wheels clockwise. There is a small entry fee (rps 150) to enter the stupa area, though this is . This can be waived for guests of hotels located at the other side of the stupa. See also: [[Sacred sites of the Indian sub-continent]] ==Monasteries & Nunneries==
*'''Shechen Monastery''', located in the alleys near the stupa. A very spacious and beautiful temple founded by the late Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. There is a garden restaurant near the monastery guest house.
*<see name="Khawalung Monastery" alt="" address="Boudha-Simaltar" directions="take a taxis from Hyatt Hotel about 10 mins drive" phone="977-1-4820205" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A beautiful Tibetan Monastery near Boudhanath Stupa. It is inaugrated by Trulshik Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche in October 2005. The monastery has an elementary and a training school. It consists of monks from remote region of Nepal and Tibet. There are many exquisite Tibetan Buddhist wall paintings.</see>
*<see name="Dilyak Monastery" alt="" address="PO Box No. 4512, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal" directions="" phone="(977) 1-478-432 / 478-320" url="http://www.khoryug.com/monastery-pages/dilyak/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Dilyak Dabzang Monastery is the oldest original Karma Kagyu monastery in Boudha, Nepal. The monastery was established by Very Ven. 7th Dabzang Rinpoche year 1963 near the great stupa of Boudha.</see>
*<see name="Pullahari Monastery & Retreat Centre" alt="" address="P.O. Box 11015, Jagdol, Ward Kopan, Kathmandu, Nepal" directions="" phone="+977 1 4498196" url="http://www.jamgonkongtrul.org/pullamona_a.htm" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Pullahari is the seat of His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche in Nepal, located in the foothills north of the Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the secluded serenity with spacious views, the age-old tradition of prayers, rituals, training, and education of monks continues in the monastery, and also in the Mahamudra retreat centre. In addition, residential programs for lay practitioners are offered at the Rigpe Dorje Institute, and the facilities for individual retreat are open throughout the year.</see>
*<see name="Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery" alt="The Kopan Nunnery" address="Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal" directions="" phone="9771-482- 1236" url="http://kopannunnery.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Khachoe Chakyil Ling Nunnery (Kopan Nunnery) is currently the largest Tibetan nunnery in Nepal with over 400 nuns. The nunnery provides full scholarship for the nuns, which includes education, accommodation, health care & food. With help of generous supporters, the completion of its building plans, Kopan Nunnery will be the Largest Tibetan nunnery in the World – able to house a thousand nuns. The aim is to create a place study and practice for nuns - a supportive & stable environment for women who wish to pursue a spiritual life.</see>
*<see name="Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery" alt="" address="North of Boudha, Nepal" directions="on 2½ acres of farmland just north of the ancient legendary Jarung Khashor Stupa in Boudha Nath." phone="+977 -1-491-4993" url="http://www.shedrub.org" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery comprises a traditional Tibetan monastic setting where more than 240 monks dedicate themselves to monastic activities. Established in 1976 by the renowned dzogchen mater, H.E. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and his two eldest sons, Tulku Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. To perpetuate the Doctrine of Lord Buddha, the monks' daily life centers around Buddhist studies & daily practice. Twice daily, at 6:00am and at 16:00, pujas are performed by a host of monks at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling. Pujas are normally an hour in length, and visitors are always welcome. For the Western Buddhist practitioners staying in Nepal & to introduce the basics of Buddhism to interested travelers, Tulku Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, who speaks English and also makes use of a translator, freely offers teachings in his Saturday Morning Talks held each weekend in the monastery's main temple. One can sample and even download a free video of a weekend talk at: www.dharmasun.org and subscribe to the weekly teachings, if one likes. Every November, Rinpoche also offers a 10-day Fall Seminar in the same temple on all levels of Buddhist philosophy, practice and meditation. Visit the monastery's website for more information: www.shedrub.org </see>
 ==Do==*'''Circumambulate''' the stupa(walk clockwise around it). This is the main activity of pilgrims and & many tourists aliketoo. One lap is approx. 150 meters. At the far side from the main gate entrance it is possible to walk up on to the stupa itselfduring the daytime.*'''Photography'''. The stupa and & its immediate surroundings are very photogenic. Please , but please don't take pictures of people without their permission. *'''Monastery tour'''Please practice good manners. You can generally freely wander Ask the first monk or nun you see at the place (monastery or nunnery) you wish to visit for permission, before wandering around Buddhist monasteriestheir home grounds. Some (not all) encourage the public to visit by offering guided tours, classes, puja services, meals, & gift shops. While on their sacred grounds, though when doing so keep a low profilebe respectful, don't smoke, turn off cell phones, lower your voice, and bear leave your shoes outside before entering any temples or buildings, & get permission before taking pictures. Bear in mind that they monasteries & nunneries are sanctuaries for inner practice, not tourist attractions. Please practice good manners and ask someone on site for permission before entering; also please get permission before taking pictures tooMost (if not all) of them welcome donations.
==Buy==
There are many handicraft stores located all around the stupa. Prices are comparable to those This may be the best place in Thamel, but there is a little less variety. However, naturally Nepal for Buddhist & Tibetan related items - statues, prayer flags, Tibetan incense, etc - Boudhanath is the better place.*<buy name="Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre" alt="Shanta Ratna Shakya" address="Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu Nepal " directions="One of the many shops directly infront of the Great Boudha Stupa" phone="00977- 9851046748" url="http://singingbowlcentre.com/ " hours=" " price="" lat="" long="">Sells hand made singing bowls used for centuries by Himalayan monastics & today by healers, therapists, musicians, and & meditators. </buy>
==Eat==
*'''Shechen Guest House''' (see 'sleep' section). The restaurant at the guest house is open to non-residents and offers wholesome vegetarian food in the quiet of an enclosed garden.
*<eat name="Stupa Dining Restaurant With Garden" alt="" address="Boudha, Dhara Tole, before turning to Hyatt Road" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Local restaurant with good, clean, cheap food, with live music by staff on request!</eat>
*<eat name="Himalayan Cafe" alt="" address="Boudha Stupa" directions="From main gate to Stupa, walk counter clockwise around the Stupa 3/4 of one lap - HC is on the Left" phone="4492274" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Clean cafe offering both traditional Tibetan & Western breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Cafe is above Buddhist shop & is on 3, 4, & 5th floors overlooking Stupa. Excellent veggie burger w/fries 120rps. Small pot of milk tea 75rps. WI-FI.</eat>
==Drink==
*'''Saturday Cafe''' over looking the stupa at Boudha has good ground coffee, and WI-FI, & excellent cakes, which you can enjoy surrounded by books in the second floor book shop or on the roof-top terrace.*<drink name="Boudha Stupa restaurant & cafe" alt="veg & Non-veg restaurant" address="Boudha " directions="Opposite Boudha stupa" phone="+977-01-2130681" url="" hours="12" price="200" lat="+" long="for meal">Most hygienic food with FREE Free WI-FI, directly over looking THE BOUDHA STUPAthe Boudha Stupa.</drink>*<drink name="Flavors" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Extremely good latte's & cappucinos! Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner can't be beat. The owner is a very hosptiable hospitable man who will gladly take visitors on a hike or a tour fo Nepal.</drink>
==Sleep==
There are dozens of hotels & guesthouses not listed here. Check bulletin boards in cafe/bakeries for individuals offering rooms for rent by the week or month.
*<sleep name="Gangchen Guest House" alt="" address="Bouhdanath, Tusal" directions="Opposite of Hyatt East Gate" phone="4470505" url="" checkin="any time" checkout="12 noon" price="Room Rates from Rs.800 to Rs.1800" lat="" long=""></sleep>
===Budget===
*'''Samdrup Guest House''', Tel:''+977 1 478568''. E-mail:[email protected], mostly used by Tibetans on pilgrimage or visiting family, & and so is a very cheap, but basic hotel (though more deluxe accommodation is available on the upper floors). The hotel is conveniently located across from the main gate at Boudha Stupa. There is a Has gift shop on the 1st floor.  *'''Tharlam GuestHouse''', Tel:''+977 1 4472550, or 4496878''. E-mail:[email protected] Some of the rooms are nice and clean but the ones downstairs, with kitchen, not so much. They have rats and little cocroaches. It's at the end of a very narrow and dark alley, and there have been lots of robberies at night. Not recommendable. Beside/affiliated with the beautiful Tharlam Sasang Namgyal Ling Monastery. One BR for 1 person: rs. 400; twin beds or double bed for 2: rs. $800; Suite or BR with Kitchen: rs. 1200; (prices: 2011)located about 100 Meters NE of the Boudha Stupa.
===Mid range===
*''' Shechen Guest House''' [http://www.shechenguesthouse.com.np/]. Tel:''+977 1 4479009'' in the grounds of Shechen Monastery in Boudha has clean and & good quality rooms with private bathrooms for about 15 10 USD(2011). The guesthouse Guesthouse also has garden with restaurant/coffee shop facilities, and & is within a five minute walk of Bodhnath Stupa.*'''Gangchen Guest House''' Opposite of Hyatt East Gate. Tel: 4470505, Room Rates from Rs.800 to Rs.1800*'''Khawalung Monastery''' [http://www.khawalungtashichoeling.org/]. The monastery has basic rooms with shared toilets and showers available for visitors. Room rate is NPR700 or about US$10.00 inclusive of simple meals. 
===Splurge===
* <sleep name="Hyatt Regency Kathmandu"
url="http://kathmandu.regency.hyatt.com"
>5 star hotel with 290 rooms and & suites. The hotel offers a health and & beauty spa, swimming pool, wading pool for children and & an outdoor whirlpool. The hotel is It's 4 Km from Tribhuvan International Airport and & within walking distance of Bodhanath Stupa.</sleep>
==Respect==
In the vicinity of [[Sacred sites of the Indian sub-continent#Buddhist|sacred sites]]:
*Wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site.
*Go bare foot within Take your shoes off before entering temple buildingsand some shops. Follow the lead of the locals.*Circumambulate the stupa and & other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.
*Preserve the peace and tranquility.
*Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
==Stay healthy==
*'''Medical attention'''. '''Shechen Monastery ''' operates an efficient, hygienic and & friendly clinic offering treatments using Western and & traditional Tibetan medicine, homeopathy and & also sometimes massage and & acupuncture. It is a good place to seek treatment for both acute and & chronic ailments. The clinic is in an alley across from Shechen Guest HouseHouses. <BR>'''Fatima Healing Centre helps with major and minor ''' is on the first floor of a beautiful mansion. They handle most common health issues; they have . Dr. Fatima (from Llasa Tibet) heals with traditional Chinese Accupuncturemedicine, herbs + accupuncture, & herbal medicine. They also offer theraputic/healing foot baths, facials & massage. It's a A 15 min. walk North of the Stupa. Closed Saturday & Sunday<BR>'''Kanti Dental clinic''' does general dental work including cleanings for rps 450 Located off the main road into Boudha, less than 100 meters east of the Stupa main gate on the same side of the road. Open 7 days a week.<BR>'''Krishna's Ayurvedic Therapy''' features Ayurvedic Medicine, Foot Therapy/Reflexology/Acupressure (1 hr foot massage/treatment costs rps 600, half hour for rps 300, in 2011). Also offered: Aroma therapy, Shiatsu therapy, Facials (rps 600). Store entry is in front of Stupa. From main stupa gate entry, walk clockwise around stupa almost half way - it's on left. Look for "Ayurvedic" sign. <BR> 
==Get out==
 
*'''Pashupatinath'''. An important temple to Shiva in the form of Lord of Animals. See monkeys, cremation, sadhus and a holy cave. The temple is a short taxi ride, or 20 minute walk past several temples, from Boudhanath. While entrance to the temple is allowed for Hindus only, the surrounding forest area provides much to explore.
 
*'''See Kathmandu "get out" section'''. http://wikitravel.org/en/Kathmandu#Get_out
==Contact==
Most cafes & coffee shops in Boudha have free WiFi for customers. There are many internet cafes on and around the kora (the walking area that surrounds near the stupa) - '''Dharana Cyberspace''', is an especially clean facility with fast computersStupa.
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