Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has
become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound
looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient
trade route to Tibet and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for
many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s,
many of them decided to live around Bouddhanath. They established many gompas, and
the "Little Tibet" of Nepal was born. This "Little Tibet" is still the
best place in the Valley to observe Tibetan lifestyle.