Nepal: After the earthquakes

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21 December 2015

The 2015 April and May earthquake left behind a devastating trail of destruction in particular to Nepal’s historical sites. The various individual temples and sites within the three Durbar squares (Patan, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu) stood in a dilapidated state with cracks and roofs close to toppling.

DSC02008DSC02011I never had the opportunity to see the place before the earthquake yet despite the aftermath, it is still hauntingly beautiful.

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The locals gather around the square and carry on with their lives with such positivity and happiness as seen from the genuine smiles on their faces. The site is still open to tourists and instead of making the ticket unreasonably expensive in the name of preservation and restoration, seeing this living museum only costed me 1000 Rs. I’m not sure how long it will take to preserve and protect the remaining temples and structures since after 7 months, it looked as if work has just begun. It will not be an easy task.