Around three weeks before the lockdown in India and Nepal, I was on my way to Nepal. I stopped in Delhi for a couple of days before continuing my journey. Although I have visited Nepal a few times in the last three years, I was not yet able to visit Bhaktapur and Patan for one reason or another. Upon reaching Kathmandu, I took the opportunity and visited Bhaktapur — one of the three ancient cities of Kathmandu Valley.
Also known as Khwopa, Bhaktapur means the ‘city of devotees.’ Once a capital of Nepal, Bhaktapur is situated around 15 kilometres east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was severely damaged during earthquakes in 1934 and 2015. Some of these sites were renovated and some are currently under renovation.
The architecture, colours, tiny details, short encounters with locals who spend their time offering prayers or chatting, a plate of momos, and a glass of juju dhau (king curd) — my visit to Bhaktapur was indeed a very rewarding experience. In this photo-series, I share some pictures taken during my visit to the beautiful town of Bhaktapur.