Best Photos of Kathmandu

I shared photos from the first day in Kathmandu in a previous post. Here are the best photos from the three additional days I spent in the city.

(Note: The photo of the large white circular temple is not my own.)

A local girl at her family’s bread shop

(Above eight photos) Street vendors in central Kathmandu
A worker at the bottom of a construction site pit in central Kathmandu
Itinerant holy men in central Kathmandu
Statue at a 1,000 year old temple in central Kathmandu
The steps of another temple in central Kathmandu
Flowers in the Garden of Dreams, a walled neoclassical garden in central Kathmandu
Boudhanath Stupa, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. This photo is not my own. I don’t take many of these postcard style shots, but as I put together this collection of photos I realized that the staggering scale of this “stupa” might be interesting to readers and also provide some context for my own photos from temple below, so I included this shot from the internet.

(Above four photos) Worshippers at Boudhanath Stupa. Nepali Buddhist temples are usually circular and worshippers walk around them multiple times, always in a clockwise direction. The diameter was roughly 100-120 m so a single lap is 3-400 m.

(Above two photos) Worshippers leaving Pashupatinath, Kathmandu’s huge temple for funerals and cremations

(Above three photos) Holy men at Pashupatinath Temple
Funeral pyres at Pashupatinath Temple
A funeral that was going on at Pashupatinath Temple while I was there. Of course it’s important to maintain a respectful distance from this sort of thing so I took this shot from more than 100 m away with a telephoto lens. From that sort of distance and as an outsider to this culture, it’s hard to be absolutely sure what was going on, but I believe that relatives were carrying the body to a funeral pyre where it would be cremated.
Two boys playing in ancient Durbar Square in central Kathmandu. I chatted with them for a while and learned that both of their fathers were working as street vendors nearby.
One of many young children who were feeding pigeons in Durbar Square in the cool early evening hours before dusk
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