Bodhnath Stupa was one of the main things I had wanted to see in Kathmandu. It’s very well known, in fact it’s on the cover of my Nepal guidebook!
The largest stupa in Asia and one of the largest in the world, this massive structure dominates the skyline. Several Tibetan monastery’s have been built near by so hearing the chanting of prayers is common and the smell of incense is heavy in the air. Our guide took us to a wonderful restaurant in the Stupa courtyard which had rooftop seating and offered us an unrestricted view of the area. To be honest, I barely remember the food, I was too busy staring.
The white structure is the body of Buddha. The Eyes are all seeing and so always open. Above the eyes are 13 tiers which represent the 13 steps you must take to achieve enlightenment. And at the top, the pinnacle, is Nirvana.
I found it strangely peaceful to just sit and stare at the stupa. It’s a very beautiful environment. Even this little puppy found it appealing to spend an afternoon on the prayer mats surrounding the stupa.