Returning to Kathmandu from our jungle safari in Chitwan National Park, we had a few days left before our departure from Nepal to the new adventures that await in neighbouring China.
We decided we couldn’t miss visiting Asia’s largest stupa, Bodhnath (or Boudha, Bouddhanath, Boudhanath or other ways to spell it). Every day thousands of locals, pilgrims and tourists alike encircle this massive brick stupa on foot in a clockwise direction.
Historically an important trade route stop between Kathmandu and Lhasa, Tibet, it is a unique opportunity to see Tibetan Buddhist culture outside of, well Tibet. Colourful prayer flags flutter in the wind, while the stupa itself is surrounded by stalls selling Tibetan knick-knacks and local goods. A stroll through the surrounding maze of alleys and lanes take you past old apartment houses, Buddhist schools, hidden monasteries and other religious statues and shrines.
As the sun set on the long Nepal leg of our Epic Adventure around the world, we were proud to know we had seen a fair share of this small but unique country in our 45 days. There was still plenty to see, such as trekking Annapurna and venturing deeper into the rugged Terai regions.
But that would wait for another time.
Our sights were set on a new world.
As we gazed down below at the Himalayan mountains stretching to the horizon from our plane seat, the Tibetan Plateau rose up into view and we really got a sense that it truly is the “roof of the world”.
Tibet rolled by as we passed over its rugged landscape.
Our destination: Chengdu, China.
We descended into the clouds, leaving Nepal far, far behind.
Visited 8th December.