Boudha is a popular area among foreigners who come to Nepal to study the Tibetan language or Tibetan Buddhism. At the heart of Boudha is Boudhanath, an enormous Tibetan Buddhist stupa that is the holiest Tibetan Buddhist site outside of Tibet itself. Boudha is the center of the Tibetan refugee community in Nepal, and for non-Tibetans involved in the Tibetan community.
That being said, you don’t need to be a student of Tibetan language or philosophy to enjoy basing yourself in Boudha. The neighborhood offers a range of budget-friendly guesthouses and it’s easy to find somewhere longer-term to stay, especially if you’re happy to share with flatmates. Many restaurants around the stupa serve tasty Tibetan food, and there are a few international offerings too, including Vietnamese at Pho99 and continental grill at Roadhouse Café. Roadhouse is a good place to bring a laptop, with lots of space and stunning views over the stupa.
Elen Turner is a New Zealand-based travel writer and editor (at present) who is married to a Nepali and goes back at every chance. She’s the co-author of two Lonely Planet guidebooks.
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