Nepal – Kathmandu Streets & Durbar Square

Kathmandu has to be one of the most polluted cities in the world. The air is thick with toxic fumes from old, badly conditioned cars, buses, trucks and motorbikes. Due to lack of rubbish collection/recycling, people burn their home/shop rubbish on the streets in the early morning. This all adds to a visible dirty haze that seems to penetrate your nostrils, throat and lungs pretty quickly once you step outside. Our throats became sore and yucky after only a few hours walking around the city. I would suggest carrying and drinking lots of water, wearing something over your mouth (to filter some of it at least) and limit your time outside to a few hours at a time.

Walking south from Thamel

Walking south from Thamel

Today we explored Kathmandu’s maze of streets and alleys on foot. Thamel is to the north of Kathmandu centre and takes a good 30 mins to walk south. Take it easy and peek down the side alleys and openings. You never know what little shrine, stupa or cute courtyard you may discover hidden away!

Another hidden courtyard, another stupa

Another hidden courtyard, another stupa

Tucked in between courtyard houses

Tucked in between courtyard houses

Making new friends

Making new friends

 

Another hidden family courtyard

Another hidden family courtyard

The further away from Thamel you get, the less vehicle and pedestrian traffic you’ll encounter which makes for an interesting stroll through residential areas. Our destination was Kathmandu’s (Hanuman-dhoka) Durbar Square. There are a few entrances which you’ll need to pay for a ticket to get into the main area.

Chilling out at Kathmandu Durbar Square

Chilling out at Kathmandu Durbar Square

Taleju Temple - Built in 1564 by King Mahendra Malla

Taleju Temple – Built in 1564 by King Mahendra Malla

The cultural centre of Kathmandu valley

The cultural centre of Kathmandu valley

Central meeting spot for locals

Central meeting spot for locals

There are a myriad of temples, shrines, statues, brick & wooden buildings, palace structures and courtyards. Definitely set aside a few hours to fully explore. One of the buildings is a museum which truly needs exploring as it can be a maze. However, it is filled with lots of interesting old photos, items, clothes and information about the Nepalese royal family and history. No photos inside.

Basantapur Durbar -  Built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1770

Basantapur Durbar – Built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1770

Hindu and Buddhist style embellished with intricately carved exteriors

Hindu and Buddhist style embellished with intricately carved exteriors

Kathmandu Durbar Square

Kathmandu Durbar Square and surrounds

Make sure to explore the streets around Durbar Square. We ventured west towards the Vishnumati River. Heavily polluted but lined with houses and friendly kids.

Different modes of transportation, Kathmandu style

Different modes of transportation, Kathmandu style

Night market in the streets of Kathmandu

Night market in the streets of Kathmandu

Visited 30th October 2013.

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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