Boudhanath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu

Boudhanath Stupa
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Bouddhanath stupa is the most liked sightseeing place in Kathmandu. Visitors are required to pay NRs. 250(Foreign Nationals) NRs. 50 (SAARC Nationals) NRs. 250 (Chinese) per person (Below 10 years free) as entrance fees to the Bouddhanath. A lot of Tibetan people reside around the Stupa. And it is very famous and holy place specially of Buddhists People. It is one of the most popular world heritage site of Nepal. Breakfree Adventures offer Bouddhanath Private Sightseeing Day Tours.
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Adam S
Nepal26 contributions
truly my favorite place.
It’s the simplest thing in the world. You walk clockwise and say I’m mani Padme hum
And see what happens

The world here changes by the hour
Come pre dawn for the business people who speed walk and get on with their day, which begins with first light, when the tone becomes leisurely

Tourists arrive midday. It’s always wonderful but this is the least authentic part of the day. Not that it matters people here take spirituality seriously but wear it lightly. The stupa is where you see friends, sit and have a chai, feed the pigeons. I’ve walked my dogs.

Tight light is the second best time.
Late night is also good in a spooky way with the butter candles.

Don’t give money to the beggars. The exchange rate on the stupa is horrendous. Give food, even better look them in the eyes..this is their job but most are lovely.

I would also and counter intuitively avoid the biggest holidays..there are more candles but also more strangers.

I’m mani padme hum
Written February 13, 2022
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Soupinmyfly
Cambridge, UK95 contributions
Solo
The largest Stupa in Nepal and a hub for the Tibetan community within the valley. It is an impressive and beautiful structure. Now faithfully repaired with some reconstructive work following earthquake damage. The Stupa is encircled by shops and cafes and which, in my opinion, has a deleterious effect on the experience of visiting this important site. One may be led to believe that it has become little other than an opportunity for commercial interests. An entrance fee, although best intentioned, restricts access and turns it into a tourist attraction. The Stupa and adjoining monastery can be visited and viewed in a short time. However the surrounding area is filled with accommodation, monasteries and retreats that provide for an extended buddhist community including visiting pilgrims.
It is a wonder to see and a focus for the world’s buddhist community.
Written June 22, 2022
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Asim I
Greater London, UK104 contributions
As our taxi drove past the entrance gates to the Stupa, I caught my first fleeting glimpse of the temple, and as I saw the pilgrims on the upper dome, I was momentarily blown-away by the resplendence, the magnitude and majesty of the site, even more amazingly how it is inconspicuously nestled in an ordinary suburban Boudh quarter of Kathmandu.
The temple is truly breath-taking, it is not possible to comprehend the grandeur and magnificence of the site from pictures, visiting the temple we were immersed and absorbed in the sites & sounds and the wonderful aroma of incense and oil Diya (lamps) with devotees steeped in religious services and worship.
There is a local and a foreigner admission fee; we visited on Nepali New Year's Day, so it was very crowded and took around 30 minutes to enter and walk the circumference of the upper dome, but a must see when visiting Kathmandu.
Seeing the Stupa for that very first moment from the taxi window, for the very first instance, and being totally captivated, will be one of my abiding and fondest memories of our visit to Nepal!
Written April 28, 2022
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Toru O
Setagaya, Japan1,703 contributions
The grand stupa has a magnificent appearance and is worth visiting. There is an entrance thqt charges you 400 NPR but there are some others that doesn't have a ticket booth, meaning you can enter for free.
There are buses from Jamal that take you to Boudhanath. I recommend visiting Pashupatinath on your way to Boudhanath, which is on the way from central Kathmandu.
Written August 7, 2022
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia1,650 contributions
I’d still recommend going here as the inside of the structure is full of marvelous intricate designs (no photos allowed inside). It’s so beautiful, imagine those Tibetan Thangka paintings all over a wall and ceiling.

Sadly we had people harassing us outside (which our guide was able to mostly deter), lots of pigeons, rubbish and vendors. Inside was the worst: some “monks” kept trying to offer us yoghurt (which we politely declined) but it seemed they would have wanted something in return. Inside we looked at the walls for a while when another man dressed as a monk gave us incense sticks which we tried to decline but he insisted. Then we were lead down the Centre to pray and get a blessing, which we did to be polite. The “donation book” then made an appearance: previous supposed donations being 2500rp! Ha! I paid 500 and still felt ripped off by the whole ordeal. Reminds me of a similar scam in Sydney.
Written January 28, 2020
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sloprinzi
Portland, OR27 contributions
Solo
This Stupa is absolutely incredible. I had a friend tell me, “every time you look at the Stupa, it looks different” and it’s so true. If you’re not able to do Kora (walking mediation) around the Stupa, definitely sit down on a nearby bench and take in the angles. I would really suggest going a little before sunset, grabbing dinner while you watch it go from sunset to night. It’s truly spectacular.
Written March 6, 2020
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J0ymermaid
Bangkok, Thailand126 contributions
Very nice experience. The stupa has beautiful eyes painted on the four sides, which look at you when you circle. You can ascend to the upper level, where you have a nice view of the surrounding area. There are many cafes and restaurants around where you can watch the stupa and the worshippers.
When it becomes dark, there are many local people circling the stupa, which creates a very pleasant atmosphere of the whole place.
Written April 30, 2020
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Pragya P
29 contributions
Solo
This place can be visited any time. View of white stupa in the day light with Buddhist chant and observe the devout passerby brings peace in itself. It has sepctacular view at night when adorned with butter lamps and light focusing stupa.
Written February 18, 2020
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minnesotans4
Saint Paul, MN2,654 contributions
Family
We hired a driver from our hotel to take us to this very popular and crowded area. It cost 250 rupee per person to enter this UNESCO site. The stupa is a very holy place for Buddhists and one of the largest uniquely structured stupas in the world. Many refugees from Tibet live nearby. The stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. People walk clockwise around and around the stupa spinning the pray wheels as they go by. There are many interesting shops surrounding the stupa.
Written January 18, 2020
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DannyT
Colorado Springs, CO13 contributions
Friends
One of the best place for sightseeing in Kathmandu, if you are looking for a rich history of ancient city. This ancient medieval town is absolutely beautiful with its rich architecture and monuments. The place is much more crowded during evening therefore if you want less crowd then one must visit at the morning.
Written January 27, 2021
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