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Temples and Streets of Kathmandu: A Photo Essay

Despite spending only half a day to explore Kathmandu, I have found the city quite extraordinary and enchanting. During that short time, I was intrigued by what I saw – ancient temples, historic monuments, UNESCO World Heritage Sites – that I took quite a number of photos.

Here’s a photo essay of Kathmandu’s temples and street life: 32 images of Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.

*Also Read: Top Places in Nepal for Non-Adventure Travellers

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Durbar Square
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Kala Bhairav – a fierce manifestation of Shiva protecting the temples.
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Kumari Chowk – Kumari Devi, the living goddess lives in this Newari house
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Nepali flag, the only flag in the world that is not rectangular
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Newari architecture

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Rickshaws, and the monument in background collapsed in the earthquake
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Gurkha soldier

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Nepali women in their beautiful saris

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Local barber

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Vegetable gourd

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Swayambhunath Stupa
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Offerings

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Pashupatinath Temple
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Funeral ghats along the Bagmati River
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Funeral at the ghats
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Cremation
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Ashes are washed away into the Bagmati River

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Boudhanath Stupa

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And a video of my visit to Boudhanath. Did I mention before that this is my favourite place in Kathmandu? 🙂

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Hope this inspires you to book your flight ticket to Kathmandu asap, or if not, at least, to move Nepal up your travel bucket list 🙂

*Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal is NOW!

*My trip in Nepal was part of the Himalayan Travel Mart trip by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter. Opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.

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20 comments

  1. This is a great visual insight into Nepali culture Kat. I have to admit I don’t know all that much about Nepal except for where it is but I particularly like the Newari architecture. Thanks for sharing #TheWeeklyPostcard

  2. I’ve never been in Nepal or Kathmandu but it is on my bucket list. I love photos and it does not help me as I have a full travel plan for this year… #TheWeeklyPostcard

  3. It’s trite to say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but this photo essay just proves that point perfectly! I’ve never thought about Kathmandu more than in the context of going mountain-climbing or trekking, but it looks like a really lovely city on its own merits. The video was great too – I know how long they take to make, so I respect your commitment! The stupas remind me of the Buddhist temples/monasteries I saw in Mongolia. I reckon they must follow the same type of Buddhism (Mongolian Buddhism has its roots in Tibetan Buddhism) – but it’s really interesting to see such similarities across such distance! Thanks for sharing, Kat 🙂

    1. Yes, I suppose Nepal and Mongolia share similarities in terms of Tibetan Buddhism. Nepal, Tibet and Mongolia are considered neighbouring countries to each other. I’m glad that I was invited on this trip too as it helped to clear my misconceptions that Nepal is only for adventure travellers. It’s nice to see the “other personality” of the country that focuses on the heritage and culture.

  4. Did we talk about going to Nepal when we ran into you in Ireland? Well, we still want to go, and you’re definitely nudging the trip up our To Do list! 🙂 The temples are just beautiful, and your images of the architecture and daily life are so intriguing. Thanks for the motivation, and for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!

  5. Looks like an interesting place. I love all the color. The food looks good too. Did you try any of the street food? Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  6. What a fascinating city – so colourful, so much to discover there. Has it recovered well from the earthquake or is there still much damage visible? Thanks for linking up with #citytripping and sharing

    1. Recovery is on-going in Kathmandu but progress is really slow. As a result of recovery works and reconstruction, the capital city is very dusty and polluted, so travellers are advised to wear a light cotton scarf or a mask to cover their mouths and noses when they walk around in the city. I had a bit of a sore throat when I was in Kathmandu due to the pollution but after a day or two, I was fine.

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