An Afternoon in Lalitpur (Patan Durbar Square), Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

What better way to spend a good day is to spend it walking around one of the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley – Lalitpur. With my colleagues, we enjoyed visiting the temples where we are allowed. Seeing the destructions made us sad but seeing people continuing with their faith practice and life made us hopeful.

Like the Monkey Temples, you will see rubles everywhere, but the temple and the marketplace are alive with people. It still attracts tourist both local and foreign still admiring the structures that are left standing.

Starting at the Golden Temple

(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Admiring the intricate carvings at the back door to the Golden Temple (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Courtyard within the Golden Temple (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Looking up towards the heavens … admiring the tiers of the temple roof and the small altar at the courtyard (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
The altar in the middle of the courtyard (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Not sure exactly what this is … I thought this is a well (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Courtyard within the Golden Temple (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Entrance to the Golden Temple (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)

 

Life continues despite the danger of building collapse. You will see people continue to stay in their homes. Buildings propped by wooden beams and vendors with their wares.

The streets and marketplace around the Durbar Square

 

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Streets around Durbar Square (Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)

 

Pathan (44)
Old and damaged buildings propped by wooden poles to keep it from collapsing (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Girl looking out the window of her home (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
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Marketplace around the square (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Typical Nepalese sleepers on display (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
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Assorted nuts vendor waiting for customers (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Women and girls walking along the streets around the square (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)

The Durbar Square

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Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple was not completely damaged during the quake. Wooden beams were used to prevent collapse. (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
Indrapur Temple in Durbar Square where people are taking rest after their prayers (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
One of the deities watching over the square (Dhidhak Collection / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)
Pigeons nesting in the spaces in the temple (Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)

 

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View of the square from the top (Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)
(Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)
View of the square from the top (Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)
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View from the roof (Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)
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One of the entrances to the square (Dhidhak Collections / Nepal 2015)

Daily Prompt: Skewed

4 thoughts on “An Afternoon in Lalitpur (Patan Durbar Square), Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

  1. What you believed to be a well is actually a Bhajra, God’s thunderbolt and you will find something similar at Swayambhu and Boudha. It is an extremely religious symbol in Nepal and something to be respected by tourists like the Christian cross!

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