Baudha Stupa and an Indian preview
September 16, 2009 – Day 265 – Kathmandu, Nepal
A wasted day in the Indian embassy waiting to pay for a single sheet of paper that may or may not result in an actual Indian visa. For a more exciting evening, we reached back to our Tibetan roots (ok, well, not technically) and visited the Baudha Stupa.
We waited around a bit and snuck in after the ticket sellers closed down (around 6 p.m.) so we wouldn’t have to pay the ridiculous entrance fee. Loads of Tibetan men and women and maroon-clad monks rounded the stupa three times chanting a prayer along the way.
Beggar children and women found us easily in the crowd and tried their best to milk some money from our presumably fat western pockets. Waving them off, we continued with our stroll around the big stupa getting swept up by the crowd and the noise as night began to wrap its cloak around our shoulders. Very enjoyable way to spend the evening.