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Nepal - Sunset at Bouddhanath Stupa

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Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal, lies about 7 km east of the capital, it is also called by many as Khasti Chitya. It is one of the oldest stupas in the country. After 1959, many Tibetans arrived and settled in Bouddhanath area. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. With diameter of about 100m and 40m height, Buddhanath holds its place among the largest stupas in the world. It is one of the largest in the world. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around.


It is religious center for the Buddhist people. Surrounding the stupa there are many different monasteries belonging to different Buddhist sects. Most of the visitors use go to The Stupa for sightseeing and shopping and Tibetans handicrafts. During the full moon day many Buddhist people come to celebrate and take part in various religious activities. Many have schools that teach young monks.


PENTAX K20D, f/4.5, 0.1 sec (1/10), ISO 200, 16 mm


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Taken on September 27, 2008