The alternative Kathmandu
If this is your second visit to Kathmandu you may be in need of a few thoughts to explore the city further, understand it more, so you don’t just have a quick stay before shooting off to Pokhara, Solu Kumbhu etc. If this is your first visit then we hope to help you get more out of your trip and get out of the mainstream rather than following the hordes every day to Swayambhu, Pashpatinath or Durbar Square.
#3 Mahaboudha, Lalitpur
The typical visit to Lalitpur (Patan), traditionally takes in Durbar Square just as it does in central Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. The pagodas of each are a wonderful sight but in Lalitpur there is the additional series of Malla king’s statues plus the interesting Lalitpur museum to take in.
But not far from the square itself is a fantastic example of a quite different and often ignored Buddhist temple structure ……. Mahaboudha.
Walking down a side road from the square, initially towards Sundhara before turning right, we ducked through a small wooden entrance and into an open square with the most amazing tall structure, this was Mahaboudha. The temple was built in the 13th Century, dedicated to Siddartha, the Buddha. Sometimes called the Temple of The Thousand Buddhas because there is a Buddha face on every brick. We were all getting a stiff neck just walking around and looking up at it when a man leaning out of his house window so closeby called to us and invited us up to his rooftop for a better view. Very welcome, looking at all the brickwork at eye level was wonderful but we also has great views across the city rooftops too.