After my Annapurna trek, I returned to Kathmandu for my last week in Nepal. I could only handle a few nights in rockin’ Thamel (the tourist district) after having experienced the tranquility of Pokhara, so I sought refuge in nearby Boudha, home to one of the valley’s 7 World Heritage Sites.

Boudhanath Stupa 

My new base camp was much quieter at night, and by spending my last few days in Nepal there, I was able to photograph at all times of day, from sunrise to sunset. I observed the daily life of the Tibetans who lived there. I watched them walk around the stupa, spinning prayer wheels, and counting their prayers on malas (beaded necklaces).

I walked around spinning prayer wheels too. And I bought a few wonderful souvenirs from the shops that enveloped the stupa.

Tibetan Buddhism is alive and well in Boudha, and it quickly became one of my favorite places in the world.





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