Kathmandu – Through the years

Kathmandu – Through the years

Posted Apr 6th, 2012 under Photo Essay,

The last few decades brought in a lot of changes(political, economic and in the physical landscape) in  Kathmandu as well as in  the whole country. Here's just a glimpse of the changing landscape of Kathmandu. While the new photos are from Explore Himalaya's archive, the old pictures have been sourced  from " Images of a Century – The Changing Townscapes of Kathmandu Valley."


Then- 1960


Now – 2012


Bhaktapur Durbar Square – Sometime before the great earthquake of 1934.


Now – 2012 (Thanks to the German funded Bhaktapur Durbar Square restoration project, everything looks ship shape!)


Rani Pokhari in central Kathmandu



Now – Though the picture has not been taken from the same vantage point, one can see the difference in the landscape. 


Patan Dhoka

Then- before 1934

patan dhoka-old

Now – 2012


Thapathali – Kupondol Bridge – River Bagmati

Then 1926

Kupondol - Bagmati

Residents of Kathmandu know what has become of this once beautiful spot. The least said the better.

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