Boudhanath (also known as Boudha, pronounced 'Bo-da') is located 7 km East/Northeast of Kathmandu & home to one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world, built during the 5th century AD.

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Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery

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 06:00 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: and subscribe to the weekly teachings. 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:

Kopan Monastery

Kopan is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors annually from around the world. Nearby is Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to 380 nuns. Both the monastery and the nunnery are under the spiritual guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and the care of the abbot, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel. And it is the wellspring of the FPMT, a network of some 140 centres and activities world-wide, themselves expressions of the Buddha activity of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Kopan offers study and meditation for serious students, casual visitors and retreaters.

Thrangu Monastery

These days, Thrangu Monastery is the centre of monastic life for nearly 250 monks. They receive training in ritual practices, study Dharma & learn to read and write in Tibetan & English. The older monks take turns annually learning different jobs in the monastery. The monks chant special prayers as requested & often go to private homes to do pujas for the deceased, for new homes, etc. There are many monks under the age of eighteen and most of these boys are from rural areas of Nepal, particularly the mountain areas bordering Tibet. From an early age, they learn to develop the good habits and discipline.

SEE   —  +977-1-4470027 —  Boudha, Nepal

Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery

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.

Pullahari Monastery & Retreat Centre

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 courses for lay practitioners are offered at the Rigpe Dorje Institute, and the facilities for individual retreat are open throughout the year.

Tharlam GuestHouse

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 m NE of the Boudha Stupa.

Khawalung Monastery

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.

Samdrup Guest House

Mostly used by Tibetans on pilgrimage or visiting family, and hence 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. Has a gift shop on the 1st floor.

SLEEP   —  +977 1 478568 —  Map

Shechen Guest House

In the grounds of Shechen Monastery in Boudha has clean & good quality rooms with private bathrooms for about 10 USD (2011). Guesthouse also has garden with restaurant/coffee shop facilities & is within a five minute walk of Bodhnath Stupa.

SLEEP   —  +977 1 4479009 —  Map

Himalayan Cafe

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 with fried for 120rps. Small pot of milk tea 75rps. WI-FI.

EAT   —  +977 1 4492274 —  Boudha Stupa

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

5 star hotel with 290 rooms & suites. The hotel offers a health & beauty spa, swimming pool, wading pool for children & an outdoor whirlpool. It's 4 km from Tribhuvan International Airport & within walking distance of Bodhanath Stupa.

Dilyak Monastery

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.

Himalayan Singing Bowl Centre

Sells hand made singing bowls used for centuries by Himalayan monastics & today by healers, therapists, musicians & meditators.


The owner is a very hospitable man who will gladly take visitors on a hike or a tour fo Nepal.

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Boudha Stupa restaurant & cafe

Most hygienic food with Free WI-FI, directly over looking the Boudha Stupa.

DRINK   —  +977-1-2130681 —  Boudha

Stupa Dining Restaurant With Garden

Local restaurant with good, clean, cheap food, and with live music.

About Boudhanath

For centuries, Boudhanath has been an important place of pilgrimage and meditation for Tibetan Buddhists & local Nepalis. 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 at least 29 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries & Nunneries) around Boudhanath. The culture is very much Himalayan with a strong presence of Tibetans & Sherpas, as can be evidenced by the number of restaurants selling ''momos'', ''thukpa'' & other Tibetan favourites. Many maroon clad Tibetan Buddhist monks & nuns can be seen walking around Boudha, especially at the Stupa. As a daily ritual, many people walk three or more times around the stupa while repeating the mantra 'Om Mani 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 20:00.

Source: wikivoyage