is one of the world biggest temples. It lies 8 km east of Kathmandu. This magnificent stupa stands over three tiered platform raised over the crossed rectangles in order to bring out the yantra form. When you visit this temple you see many Tibetans, monks, monasteries and butter lamps. Many of Tibetans are refugees who came here in 1959 after China declared Tibet as its autonomous region. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan culture is accessible, vibrant and unfettered. Apart from Tibetans and Nepalese you also find many foreign Buddhist students. The stupa along with the monasteries are the centre of Buddhism learning, cultural activities, prayers and meditation. This spot was listed in the UNESCO world heritage monument list in 1979.