Vibrant Markets of Nepal: Boudha Stupa Market, Kathmandu

Isn't it amazing to experience the culture of a country when it has evolved in another country? The fusion makes for interesting points of distinction for avid travellers. Boudha Stupa market in Nepal is one such place. Apart from housing a vibrant market, it is widely known as — Little Tibet. 


The overland distance between Kathmandu and Lhasa via Gyirong Port, Tibet is about 1120km, and it takes about 25 hours for a non-stop drive. We were intrigued about how Little Tibet came into being in Kathmandu, Nepal, and what's in store once we get there. 


Little Tibet houses the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, also known as Boudhanath Stupa. The place gets its name because it's atmosphere resembles Barkhor market place in Tibet. 


The Stupa and the market is located 5 km northeast of Kathmandu city centre. It is famously known as one among the biggest Stupas on the planet. The place is a venerated site for Buddhists around the globe.


Products from Boudha Stupa Market, Kathmandu

Is Boudha Stupa Market what you're looking for? If you're looking for Buddhist or Tibetan cultural items this is the place to be. The market has an abundance of Nepali and Tibetan handicrafts such as thankaas,hemp backpack, cotton backpack, metal and wooden items, prayer beads etc. 


The Tibetan coffee you get here is another crowd puller for tourists from all over. One speciality that you may get nowhere else is Thangka paintings. There're also authentic singing bowls and prayer flags among other things.


Don’t miss a taste of traditional Tibetan noodles from local eateries.


 A Walk Down Memory Lane

Besides being a top tourist attraction in Nepal, this great Stupa is the most important Tibetan monument that's not in Tibet. We traced the origin and gained insight into why this place should be visited if you're in Nepal. 


In 1979, Boudha Stupa was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The recognition was owed to Nepal seeing huge populaces of displaced Tibetans from China shifting in near the Stupa. There's been a development of more than 50 gompas (Tibetan religious groups) around Boudha Stupa. 


After AD 600 the Stupa at Boudhanath was one of the Stupas that appeared in Nepal. It doesn't compare to any of the others with respect to magnificence and aesthetic appeal. Stupas began showing up when the Tibetan ruler Songtsen Gampo accepted Buddhism as his religion. 


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