Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is a significant hub for Buddhist pilgrimage. The city is rich in cultural and religious heritage, hocenterseveral important Buddhist sites. Here are some of the key Buddhist holy places in Kathmandu:

Places to See

Swayambhunath Stupa

Boudhanath Stupa

Swayambhunath Stupa

One of the oldest and most revered Buddhist stupas in Nepal, Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the presence of many monkeys around the site. It is situated on a hilltop, offering a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. The stupa’s name means “self-created” and is believed to have been spontaneously formed around 2,000 years ago. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

Boudhanath Stupa

This is one of the largest stupas in Nepal and the world. It is located about 11 km from the center of Kathmandu. The stupa has a massive mandala, and it is a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It is believed to contain relics of the Kassapa Buddha. The stupa is surrounded by monasteries and serves as a center for Buddhist learning and practice.