Coming from Kathmandu, walking into the Boudhanath area is as if one has entered into another world: the sound of traffic and the dusty pandemonium dissipates and gives way to the sweet odor of burning juniper incense. Vanished, too, are Shiva, Ganesh and their Hindu brethren. Instead, the enormous disembodied eyes of the avatar of a different faith —the Buddha, peers down from the multi-tiered Boudhanath Stupa.
Tucked on the eastern outskirts of Katmandu, Boudhanath is both an eye of calm and a sanctuary of Tibetan Buddhist culture amid a nation dominated by Nepali Hindus. Since the Chinese invasion of Tibet nearly 60 years ago, droves of refugees resettled in neighboring Nepal, transforming once-sparse Boudhanath into a bustling Little Lhasa.
Throughout its narrow streets, and the main area that forms a ring round the stupa, one can find dozens of craft stalls, traditional artisans’ workshops, Tibetan folk-medicine stores, traditional artisans’ workshops, and restaurants serving everything from yak-cheese pizza to Everest brand beer.
At a small square just by the stupa, the tradition of releasing pigeons for peace is being practised by the monks. As in most parts of the world, it is believed that peace will prevail when pigeons are released as messengers of peace to heaven above.
(View taken from the 1st level of the Boudhanath Stupa)
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wolf38 (31296) 2013-03-10 23:35
Hello May. Peace dove need many countries in the world :-)) Overall a very nice and lively photo. Very balanced composition. The text is informative. Your photo reminds me of my stay in Nepal.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-03-11 2:16
beautiful snapshot from Kathmandu!I really like to enjoy the scene in this wide format.The city seems to be unique and incomparable to any other(the architecture is delightful).I like also the atmosphere of this place you were able to capture and convey so nicely.Well done!
Have a nice day
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-03-21 12:07
Excellent view of Boudhanath from Kathmandu.It seems that more than 100 pigeons are being fed.The picture is perfect with respect to sharpness and clarity.Well done,TFS.
macjake (71113) 2013-11-24 12:17
Wow, looking at this, one can only imagine the amount of people-photo's to be had here.
and when you combine that with the architecture, its a place I'd want to stay for awhile!
lovely photo, I find myself scanning the entire scene from side to side, top to bottom enjoying every last person and their attire.
wonderful photo to share and to experience