Today we are updating the status of remaining Heritage Sites and important destinations of Kathmandu after the quake 25/04. This update is based on Field Inspection on May 19 made by four teams of Explore Himalaya with one Sales Officer, one Photographer and one Tour Guide in each team.
Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square after the quake
This UNESCO Heritage Site in Kathmandu Valley that blends the Hinduism and Buddhism in the best way suffered significant loss during the quake 25/04. However, very few monuments in Patan Durbar Square have been completely demolished. Char Narayan Temple and a sattal (rest house) at Patan Durbar Square turned into debris. The monuments with slight damages, which can be renovated include Taleju Temple, Mahadev Temple, Bhimsen Temple, Mahabouddha Temple and the replica of Pashupatinath Temple among others. The Patan Museum also has suffered partial loss during the quake as per the officials.
Krishna Temple, Mayadevi Temple, Golden Temple, Minnath Temple and the Big Bell of Patan Durbar Square remained intact during the powerful quake of 25/04. The artistic Dhunge Dhara (Stone-Tap) at Patan Durbar Square suffered no loss at all during the quake.
Presently, the debris clearance at the site has been almost completed and soon the work of renovating the monuments will begin.
Mahaboudha at Patan Durbar Square stands tall after the quake
Note: Travelers have no access to explore inside the Durbar Square at the present. The Government Officials say, after three to four weeks once the work of renovation begins the site will be opened for the tourists.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Earthquake 25/04 has made significant impact on Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The Authorities at Bhaktapur Durbar Square said 67 monuments out of 116 at Bhaktapur have been demolished. Here we have the report on Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is based on our filed visit. The shrines and edifices that survived the quake have larger significance culturally and historically compared to those, which have been demolished.
The famous Nyatapol Temple of Bhaktapur remains intact after the quake. The Big Bell of Bhaktapur stood tall along with the Bhimsen Temple and Dattatarya Temples among others. The Priest House, Siddhi Laxmi Temple and the replica of Muktinath Temple among others suffered minor damages where as the Temples of Shiva, Asi Dega and Batsala Devi among others have demolished.
Note: There is no access for the touristic activity at Bhaktapur at the present. Officials say the UNESCO World Heritage Site will be opened for the travelers in two to three weeks time as the work of renovation begins.
The 4th century Hindu Temple of Nepal, Changunarayan managed to stand against the tremor of quake 25/04. However, this ancient shrine has been partially damaged and hence the renovation is necessary so that the legacy of this temple continues to pass on for more generations to come. The main Temple of Changunarayan as well as Kileshowr Temple have been temporarily held with the support of wooden planks. The Entrance to the Temple also has suffered minor loss during the quake.
Note: The sightseeing tour of Changunarayan Temple is presently banned for the tourists. However, Government Authorities say, it will soon be opened for the touristic activity as the work of renovation begins here.
Today we are updating the status of more Heritage Sites and important destinations of Kathmandu after the quake 25/04. The remaining update will be posted in our website by tomorrow. This update is based on Field Inspection on May 19 made by four teams of Explore Himalaya, which had one Sales Officer, one Photographer and one Tour Guide in each team.
The main stupa of Swayambhunath stands tall after the powerful quake
The hilltop Buddhist Stupa, Swayambhunath has suffered the significant loss during the powerful quake of 25/04. The natives of Swayambhunath (Buddacharya Family) now protect the historic inscriptions, idols and monuments at Swaymabhunath. Twenty-seven houses that ring the large dome shaped stupa have collapsed. Five monuments including the main stupa of the UNESCO World Heritage Site remained intact after the quake.
The Swayambhu Museum has suffered a loss, which however could be renovated. Anantapur the white edifice and Shantipur are two major monuments that have demolished during the quake 25/04. 298 stone chortens out of 300 remain unharmed. The voluntary demolishment of Karma Raja Maha Vihar has begun.
Few monuments demolished and few stood tall during the quake 25/04 at Swayambhu
Note: For next few weeks, tourists have no access for the sightseeing tour at Swayambhunath. However, in few weeks times after the debris around the Heritage Sites is cleared the site shall be opened for the touristic activity.
The biggest Hindu Shrine of Nepal, Pashupatinath suffered no significant damages during the powerful quake of 25/04. The UNESCO World Heritage has no impact at all in the main Temple of Pashupatinath. However, slight damages in small a temple and a rest house (sattal) has been detected after the quake.
The overall observation at Pashupatinath suggests the site has no adverse impact during the quake except the few minor damages.
Note: Since the site suffered no major loss during the quake, the touristic activities at Pashupatinath are being conducted as usual days.
Boudhanath stands tall and intact after the quake
The effect of quake 25/04 at Boudhanath is negligible. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is intact except few minor damages, which could be renovated easily. The houses that ring this large stupa have no serious damages. The gigantic dome still stands tall and the Tibetan culture around Boudhanath remains as it after the quake.
Note: Visitors are not allowed to climb up the plinths but can circumnavigate the stupa on the stone paved trails below the stupa. The Government Authorities say, the site will be open for touristic activities as it used to be before the quake in two to three weeks time.
Bungmati and Khokana
Rato Machhindra Nath Temple at Bungmati collaspes
The traditional Newari Villages in the outskirts of Patan, Bungmati and Khokana have hugely suffered during the quake 25/04. The villages mostly had traditional houses of mud and bricks and hence many habitats surrendered the catastrophe of the quake.
The seasonal home to Rato Machhindranath, the Shikara style Temple at Bungmati has demolished. However, Mai Rudryani Kali Temple of Khokana has suffered only slight cracks. Dabu Nhava Mandala, the place to bath God Machhindra before taking it to its next home in Patan remained intact. Officials said that it would at least take 7-8 years to rebuild the Shikhara style Temple of Machhindranath. Similarly, the Temple of Hangrive Bhairav was demolished during the quake. The temples that stood tall during the quake include Karyabinayak Temple and Manakamana Temple.
The ancient Temple of Mai Rudrayani Kali at Khokana does not surrender to the quake
Note: The touristic activities at these villages are restricted now. The Government Officials say, once the work of renovation begins these villages will be once again opened for tourists. However, it is not yet known when these villages will be opened for foreign travelers.
The Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the outskirts of Kathmandu remains totally intact after the quake 25/04. The temple known for the large idol of sleeping Bishnu in the middle of the pond, has minor cracks in the outer surface of its wall, which can be renovated easily. Budanilkantha Temple has been one of the few shrines in Kathmandu that has almost no adverse impact during the quake 25/04.
The sleeping Deity and the temple dedicated to him remains intact
Note: Since the temple has no adverse effect during the quake, visitors and pilgrims can visit the temple as usual days
We had a wonderful journey through the Himalayas.Our trip was to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and then journey overland in a 4×4 back to Kathmandu. The truth is that the organization was perfect at all times.