Historic Images of Century – Kathmandu Valley

Historic Images of Century – Kathmandu Valley

Posted Apr 30th, 2009 under Photo Essay, Tourism News, Travel Guide,

Kathmandu Valley, known as city of temples is believed to have originated in the 8th century or even before. It boasts seven mounments listed under World Heritage Sites within a range of 7km – Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan, Bouddhanath Stupa Swayambhunath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Here are some of the snapshots of the valley and its monuments as seen in the past centuries.

Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu - Historic Image of World Heritage site

View from Basantapur Durbar Square in 1920. Taleju temple, the then highest building is visible in background.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square - World Heritage Site

Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur still retains the beauty and traditions of the old days.

Kathmandu Valley Historic Images

Dharahara, also known as “Bhimsen Tower”

Dharahara - Bhimsen Tower

Bhimsen Tower, Ram Chandra Temples and Bag Durbar. Bag Durbar or Tiger Palce was constructed in 18th century for Bhimsen Thapa, and was so called because he kept cage with living tigers at the entrance.

Machindranath Festival in Nepal

Seto Machindranath, or white Machindranath festival in Kathmandu in 19th century. The chariot is made entirely of wood & the festival is still the same today. A similar red machindranath chariot is pulled in Patan as well.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square in the 19th century. The statue in the middle has now been transfered to Patan Museum.

Garden of Dreams

The Garden at Kaishar Mahal, now opened to public as “Garden of Dreams”.  Established by Kaishar Shumsher, it also holds the Asia’s largest private library – the Kaishar Library.

Swayambhu in Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Stupa, aslo known as “Monkey Temple” as seen in the 1960.

All photographs are from “Images of a Century – The Changing Landscapes of the Kathmandu Valley”

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Comments

  1. Historic Images of Century – Kathmandu Valley is a genuine art in ancient time of Kathmandu.It is a witness of native people of kathmandu that they have such a great history,their superiority,their unique culture n their existence of tradition till date is extraordinary.This Kathmandu valley represents the whole nation those days n unfortunately people were kept far away from education by then dictaors called Ranas’.

    - Sailendra kaji sthapit
  2. Thank u very very much ..
    for these pictures..these are really hystorical. and am amazed to see your collection..thank u again!!i loved it.

    - satyam
  3. great work … respect to you

    - satya
  4. very very nice pic

    - raj
  5. very nice photos
    thanks to show our ancient photos of bhaktapur, patan, and kathmandu.
    And if possible plz send some photos in my email id shivashrestha89@yahoo.com

    - shiva
  6. Thank you very much for these historic photographs.
    I wish we could go back to this period when every part was open and we could re-plan the city in better way…

    - Nitesh
  7. Very nice and cool Pics.

    - Rajesh Maharjan
  8. Very Very nice picture. Thank you very much for this photographs.

    - D.N. Shrestha
  9. awesome pictures mate.thnx for sharing them

    - anil
  10. THESE PICTURES PROVIDE THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR THE STUDENTS LIKE ME WHO SEEK TO HAVE THE KNOWLECGE ON HISTORY OF NEPA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THESE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES.

    - anju
  11. thank you for giving us the information of our ancient nepal.
    the NEPAL is always GREAT in the world.

    Promote the tourism year 2011.
    thank you

    - Bikash Thapa Chhetri
  12. those were the golden period of nepal comparing to this period whic is ruled by corrupted ministers and topas……i know it is bad to hear but this is fact.
    none of the ministers had guds to develope the nation nither education.
    none of the nepalese nation has guds to be brings tears but fake smile and fake proud of being nepalese……………

    gotta do….gotta feel….gotta kill….

    revolation…
    long live nepal

    - nep.ktm
  13. wow ! awsome proud be a nepali

    - yogesh c
  14. nepal was good at past. I wish i could go to the past

    - sujanta
  15. THANKS FOR COLLECT OLD PICTURE

    - alga suwal

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