If you were wondering, if this was really it. No, that wasn’t it. Naturally we had to drink a big gulp of culture….at Boudhanath. Boudhanath is a very large stupa, about thirty minutes outside of Thamel – Kathmandu’s central section.Boudhanath is highly revered among buddhist pigrims. During our visit there were preparations underway for a religious festival the following week. The place is arranged in circles. The inner circle is the stupa (see above). The second circle is a wider walkway, where the believers and visitors walk about. Naturally, there is plenty of room for people to socialize and chat, too.
Of course, where ever there are large areas and people gather, doves aren’t far away. Along the second circle are also holy-men, blessing others. And then of course on the third, the outer-most circle, there are the souvenir and prayer-accessories supply stores. There are large varieties of prayer beads and smokers available for continued or deferred good fortunes and for calm minds immediately.
To get from the second circle to the inner circle – the one closest to the stupa, the pilgrims walk through an area where they can pray and collect themselves in private. The devout can ring bells and pray for good fortunes. And that concludes this entry and our trip to Nepal in April 2018.
I hope, I have been able to relay a little bit of the fun and excitement we have had on this trip. I loved the experience and want to say thank you to the friendly and hospitable people of Nepal for being such great hosts to so many different people from all over the world.
Stay sharp gang.
Cheers Markus \m/