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Nepal in pictures: Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. It´s the largest city in Nepal, and unfortunately highly polluted (masks to protect your lungs are recommended if you are visiting Kathmandu!). I don´t know if the pollution is due to the old vehicles they use (car engines are about to die but they force them), the use of kerosen, or they way they evacuate the trush, but the truth is that most of the days the sky is grey due to the pollution and you can’t hardly see the mountains around from the center of the city.

Let´s discover this unstoppable city through pictures:

Swayambhunath temple

Swayambhunath temple, a UNESCO heritage site. One of the most beautiful buddhist temples in the town with views to all the city.

Swayambhunath temple, a UNESCO heritage site. One of the most beautiful buddhist temples in the town

Swayambhunath temple

From Swayambhunath temple you have views to all the town. Mantra flags to spread the good wishes with the wind

Swayambhunath temple, prayer flags and prayer wheels, with mantras on it to be spread with the wind

Swayambhunath temple, prayer flags and prayer wheels

On the way up to the Swayambhunath temple, a temple led by monkeys!

On the way up to the Swayambhunath temple, a temple led by monkeys!

Swayambhunath temple, the real owners of the temple

Swayambhunath temple, the real owners of the temple

Traditional way of carrying heavy objects by women in Nepal

Traditional way of carrying heavy objects by women in Nepal

Durbar square

Durbar square is the life center of Kathmandu, a labyrinth of temples from different religions, people from all ages, food vendors, pigeons and children playing. It´s another UNESCO World Heritage site of Kathmandu. In one of the temples from this square, lives the Kumari of Kathmandu, a young girl believed to be a host for the goddess Durga. Each city of the Kathmandu Valley has its own Kumari, its own young girl living goddess. The tradition of worshipping these young pre-pubescents girls is spread in the region and while the young girl is a Goddess, she lives separate from her family really as a Goddess, having their own parents worshipping her and servants to make her food and everything she may need. It´s a difficult tradition for me to accept, but the believes are very different in this part of the World.

Picture taken from one of the  multiple intersections of Durbar squar

Picture taken from one of the multiple intersections of Durbar square

 

A common routine: Sit and talk with your peers on temple´s stairs. These men are wearing the traditional Nepali hat.

A common routine: Sit and talk with your peers on temple´s stairs. These men are wearing the traditional Nepali hat.

 

Traditional musicians in Durbar square

Traditional musicians in Durbar square

 

Painting details, sole foot of a Boudda statue in Durbar square

Painting details, sole foot of a Boudda statue in Durbar square

 

Misc: Life in Kathmandu

Local restaurants in Kathmandu, cooking traditional food in large pans

Local restaurants in Kathmandu, cooking traditional food in large pans

Taking a siesta. Rickshaw driver

Taking a siesta. Rickshaw driver

Having a public bath, a common thing in Nepal

Having a public bath, a common thing in Nepal

 

Porters, a job alternative for lot of Nepali men

Porters, a job alternative for lot of Nepali men

 

Bouddist pagodas in the town

Bouddist pagodas in the town

Fresh fish shop... Fish is shown open-air, without separation in between the fish and the motorbikes / cars

Fresh fish shop… Fish is shown open-air, without separation in between the fish and the motorbikes / cars

 

Local shops in Thamel district, the most touristic one in Kathmandu

Local shops in Thamel district, the most touristic one in Kathmandu

 

Nepali people in a normal day. Thamel district. Kathmandu

Nepali (smiling) people in a normal day. Thamel district. Kathmandu

 

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