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Exploring Bhaktapur, one of Kathmandu valley’s most iconic towns

Bhaktapur is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley (the other two being Patan and Kathmandu). The April earthquake, which damaged 116 heritage sites and countless homes, hit it hardest of the the three cities.

Bhaktapur (literally city or place of devotees) was founded somewhere around the ninth century, became the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until the 15th century and was an independent kingdom from then until the latter half of the 18th century. It lies around 20km east of Kathmandu and now relies on tourism for the majority of its revenue. Obviously the damage caused by the earthquake has affected its tourist numbers significantly.

In 1934 a major earthquake destroyed over 2000 buildings and severely damaged over 2000 more. Restoration of the town was finally finished in the 1990s with international funding. Hopefully this time it will not take as long!

We visited on a rainy, muddy day last weekend. I figured that mostly black and white photos portrayed the mood best.

 

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One comment on “Exploring Bhaktapur, one of Kathmandu valley’s most iconic towns

  1. There_Lot
    August 20, 2015

    The last four is actually my favourites..”business is slow’ made me smile

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