If you happened in Kathmandu and you have nothing in your plan for that day, I will suggest a visit to Boudhanath Stupa. The largest stupa in Nepal, ranked no. 3 interesting places to visit in Kathmandu written in Lonely Planet Travel Guide Book.
Located about 7km of east of the downtown Kathmandu, if you from Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist spot, it cost you about Rs350 (in 2012) per way with a small, cramped sized taxi. It took about 15-20 minutes to reach here. Entrance fees applied at the gate with the cost of Rs150 per person.
Boudhanath is both an eye of calm within capital’s dusty pandemonium and a sancutary of Tibetan Buddhist culture amid a nation dominated by Nepal Hindus. Throughout its narrow streets, you can see posters of smiling Dalai Lama, Tibetan folk-medicine stores, traditional artisans’ workshops, and restaurants. It has been announced as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979. Buddhists walk around the sacred monuments clockwise, the same direction a prayer wheel spins. The monasteries near the stupa have become a global centre of Tibetan Buddhism.
If you planned to make a visit, I suggest to go here arround 3-5pm. If you come earlier, the you will have all the time for visit all the shops inside, of have a cup of coffee or two at one of the roof top cafe surrounding the big stupa. I’m suggesting to visit at that time so that we are can target for the sunset and the blue hour. Well I don’t really mean that sunset but to have Boudhanath with nice golden layer at the edge of the horizon. During blue hour, when they started to lid the prayer candles and put it around the stupa is something not to be missed too. I didn’t manage to wait until all prayer candles fully completed arranged around the stupa, but for now, that will be in my “must-have” list on my next visit.
There was Sunset Orchestra Music Fest happening at Tanjong Simpang Mengayau (also known as The Tip Of Borneo), Kudat. While everybody busy planning to watch the Orchestra, I actually planned to go there but with different interest – Rungus Ethnic With Traditional Costume. It was held on 29th & 30th June 2012, after made several phone calls asking about the events, i managed to get information about the VVIP are coming on the 2nd day. I guest, the organiser have made an arrangement to welcome the VVIP arrival. It is a normal practice here in Sabah, if some big event is happening added with the appearance of VVIPs, there will be a slot of welcome the guest & VVIP be it traditional dances or just stand there and greet.
Here’s few photo taken during the Welcoming Ceremony that i managed to capture.