Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nepal - Bodhnath (Boudha)

Boudha is home to one of the world's largest stupas which forms the centrepiece for the entire village. So if you were to walk a full circle around the stupa, you would have seen most part of Boudha.

The village is extremely touristy and most shops sell mainly Tibetan souvenirs. Everywhere you go, you are bound to see music bowls (metal bowl which resonates when you swirl a wooden stick around the bowl's circumference) on sale and be surrounded by the mind-soothing chant of "Om mani Padme Hum" playing in most CD shops.

This is one of the favourite hangout places for the volunteers and every so often, we would be exploring the numerous sidewalks which snakes into tiny alleys frequented by the locals. It is also here that we get our regular fix for cake cravings.

Some restaurants here also serves nice curries and western food (although they tend to replace beef with water buffalo meat instead).

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