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This is an off-set cache, with clues from places around Boudha stupa in Kathmandu that lead you to the Mahan Siddhartha High School. The original cache was placed on 20th November 2010, and was revised on 11th April 2016 due to the school being relocated and rebuilding of the stupa after the earthquake damage in April 2015. The cache also had new trackables added on that date.
***Please note the school is completely closed during key national holidays, especially the Dashain season.***
--This is an offset cache - first coordinates take you to a location to solve clues. If traveling from Thamel, take a taxi (approx 500NRs) and ask for Boudha. You will need to pay an entrance fee - currently 250 NRs.
The cache requires a walk through some back streets. Roads are centrally paved but can be uneven; there are a few steep bits. There are plenty of places to buy bottled drinks along the way.
The cache is held on private property, so is only available between 9:30am - 4:30pm daily.--
Boudhanath is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal and one of the largest stupas in the world. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1979, and is home to many Tibetan refugees. It's a beautiful location, so allow yourself plenty of time to visit before solving the puzzle and heading off for the cache. Note that it is respectful to only walk around the stupa in a clockwise direction - go with the flow.
If you want to make this a day trip, walking to the cache from Boudha will take you in the right direction to keep going for Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu sites in Nepal and also a World Heritage Site. Pashupatinath currently costs 500NRs to enter and there are lots of ancient statues and small buildings around the main temple (which you can only go into if you are a Nepali or Indian born Hindu). The entrance for Pashupati is at N27 deg 42.596m, E85 deg 20.898m.
Remember your camera!
Coordinates for the cache itself are:
N B (D+A) degrees C B . (D+C) C B
E (BxC) D degrees B (D-C) . C A (BxC)
The cache was re-set while the stupa was being rebuilt, so mostly refer to what you can see around it. The clues were found by children from the Mahan Siddharta High School. They also came up with the equations for the co-ordinates above.
How many maps are there as you go round the stupa? = A
How many dragons are there on the front of the Guru Lakhang monastery? = B
How many gates are there into the stupa? = C
How many leopards can you see in the Guru Lakhang monastery? = D
In order to access the cache you will need to go through a dark orange metal gate with yellow frame and look for a building immediately to your right. If the gate is closed, knocking will get a response.
The children who set this cache (see below) would like anyone who finds it to tell them where they have traveled from and what they like best about Kathmandu. They would also like, if possible, a photo of each finder with the cache.
The original cache was set during a geocaching workshop with children from the Mahan Siddhartha High School in Kumarigal, Kathmandu (visit link) The workshop was filmed as a resource for a course called My Digital Life for The Open University UK. You can see the resource on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=SECswDxS6U0.
**Note added in May 2013**
The school does receive other visitors who have gone specifically to spend time there and who would subsequently be expected to make a donation. Please make it clear to whoever answers the gate that you are there for the geocache!
ba gur jnyy oruvaq gur qbbe