Kathmandu

These pictures were taken in October 2014, about 7 months before the devastating earthquake.

The first day in Kathmandu is tough. The heavy pollution hovering in the entire valley makes breathing uncomfortable. Lungs are burning and the skin is covered with sweat and dust. It’s hot, chaotic and difficult to go around. There are no street names and the traffic is insane.

But there is an immense charm about this city. You can stop anywhere and admire the everyday life, people watching and feel the energy. It is a photographic treasure chest, exciting and exhilarating.

Kathmandu - street vendors
Kathmandu – street vendors
Kathmandu - street vendors, Durbar Square
Kathmandu – street vendors, Durbar Square
Woman watching performance, Durbar Square
Woman watching performance, Durbar Square
Kathmandu, Durbar Square
Kathmandu, Durbar Square

Kathmandu, Durbar Square

Kathmandu cityscape, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple) on the hill.
Kathmandu cityscape, Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple) on the hill.
Taleju Temple, Durbar Square
Taleju Temple, Durbar Square
Stupa
Stupa
Spice vendor on streets of Thamel, Kathmandu
Spice vendor on streets of Thamel, Kathmandu
Mandala shop
Mandala shop
Stupa
Stupa
Street vendors
Street vendors
Shree Pashupatinah Temple, location of ceremonial burial.
Shree Pashupatinah Temple, location of ceremonial burial.
Shree Pashupatinah Temple, location of ceremonial burial.
Shree Pashupatinah Temple, location of ceremonial burial.
Shree Pashupatinah Temple. Dead are cremated and their ashes scattered over Bagmati River.
Shree Pashupatinah Temple. Dead are cremated and their ashes scattered over Bagmati River.
Social Welfare Centre Bridhhashram of Pashupatinath area in Kathmandu.
Social Welfare Centre Bridhhashram of Pashupatinath area in Kathmandu.
Deep fried pastries, Budhanilkhanta area
Deep fried pastries, Budhanilkhanta area

KTM

Primantis
Primantis
Kids on the outskirts of Kathmandu
Kids on the outskirts of Kathmandu
Outskirts of Kathmandu
Outskirts of Kathmandu
Bikes outside of Cafe Mitho
Bikes outside of Cafe Mitho
Young Bhuddist monks playing football in the Monkey Temple
Young Bhuddist monks playing football in the Monkey Temple
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Praying wheels at Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Praying wheels at Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Kathmandu

The images of Kathmandu after the April 2015 earthquake are heartbreaking. The lives lost, the culture turned into rubble… Today some of the places on these photographs look quite different.

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