It’s unclear whether the Bodhnath Stupa houses a holy Buddhist relic as most such stupas do, but locals will tell you it has a small piece of bone that the Buddha once carried. Whatever the case my be, pilgrims still come here to walk clockwise around the stupa and spin the dozens of prayer wheels lining the brick wall that surrounds the structure.
You can enter the stupa from the north side, and once inside, you’ll see intricately painted mandala ceilings and a large golden Buddha statue with a small shrine to the Dalai Lama at its base. While you’re in the area, consider stopping in for lunch or dinner at one of the area restaurants specializing in Tibetan cuisine.
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