Saturday, November 25, 2017

Bodhnath Stupa

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Great Himalayas at sunrise as glimpsed from our hotel room.
Our first stop of the day was the massive Bodhnath Stupa not far from our hotel. The original stupa reportedly dates to the 7th Century, but it has been expanded and repaired many times -- most recently after the 2015 earthquake.

We never knew the reason, but the stupa was particularly well-decorated today, and riot police were out in force. We saw one brief protest, but nothing unusual seemed to be going on.
A closer view of the top of the stupa.
Another stupa pic. The small windows at the base of the stupa hold prayer wheels.
At the entrance to the first level of the stupa (which was closed today).
A large incense burner at the stupa entrance.
Pigeons abound and are provided with food and water.
A wind-powered prayer wheel at the nearby Shechen Clinic.
We returned to the Stupa for dinner and were treated to impressive night views.

Hundreds of butter lamps lit along the circumambulation route.
Stupa view from our rooftop restaurant.

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