Crowded, polluted, noisy, chaotic — many people have described Kathmandu in different terms to me. Although these terms define the capital of Nepal quite correctly, every time I visit Kathmandu, I manage to find peace in different parts of the city.
One such place is Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which is usually packed with devotees visiting temples, awestruck and curious tourists, playful children, elderly people enjoying their chats, and hundreds of pigeons. Walking through the busy roads of Kathmandu, making your way through the forever-bustling streets of Thamel — when you enter Durbar Square, you enter a completely different world. The traffic, noise, crowd — you leave everything at the entrance and enjoy peace, calm, and solace.
Walking around Kathmandu and paying Durbar Square a visit every time I am in the city is something I dearly enjoy as much as I enjoy capturing the beauty of the city on camera. The colours, the patterns, the architecture — there’s so much to observe. During these walks, I have had a pleasure of having short encounters with interesting people and with every visit, I feel like falling in love with the city over and again.
This album from early March 2020 tries to showcase Kathmandu and its Durbar Square through colours, patterns, and people. You may also enjoy my previous album — Bhaktapur and Its Beauties.