Three great Buddhist Stupas in Kathmandu Valley: Swoyambhunah Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Namobudha Stupa.
(the place of self-born, the world heritage site) is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for both Nepalese and Tibetans. It is one of the most ancient Chiatyas in Asia and a major symbol of Nepal’s Buddhist heritage. The 2500 old monuments, is a holy site replete with symbols. Soyambu represents primordial Buddha or Adi-Buddha. The hillock where Soyambu Chaityas is built is called by the name of Padmagiri, Vajrakuta, Gosringa, Gopuchha, Samhegu, and Simbhu.
(36m heigh, 5th century, the world heritage site), is also one of the most Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal. The stupa is unique with its three level, mandala style plate forms. It is said that this Stupa contains the relics Kashyapa. The Boddhanath Stupa is called Khasti Chaityas in Niwari, Chorten and Jyarung Khasyor Chorten in Tibetan. Chinni Lama is an authoritative body of this Stupa.
NAMOBUDDHA STUPA ( 1 day tours, starting point and ending point from your hotel):
is located east of Kathmandu. Nearly two hours drive from Kathamdnu or 3 hrs mini treks from Panauti. The trail climbs through shrubs and a dense forest to the terminal staircase. A magnificent, albeit small stupa decorated of course with the four all seeing eyes of Buddha stands near the Top. This stupa is visited by thousands of devotees during the yearly pilgrimage that takes place in early spring. Above the stupa on the highest point of this hill and in the shadow of century old tree, you will spot the massive and very ancient stone –slab which illustrates the legend of this place whose name Namo Buddha means hail to Buddha, the word Namo being closely related to Namaste!
Lord Buddha knew that a tigress was killed by hunter, and Buddha went up and found five hungry whining cubs near the remains of their mother. Buddha felt such compassion for these innocent animals that he took the shape of a tigress and tore his body to pieces, giving his entrails to the cubs. It is related to the Buddha’s sacrifice of his bodily flash to hungry tigress in one of his previous life.