Harmonious Kathmandu in the Malla Period

Patan Durbar Square. Image: flickr/Chris Hartford

Father Gillespie in his ‘Account of the Kingdom of Nepal’ published in the Asiatic Researcher, 1801, wrote: “Cat’hmandu contains about 18000 houses, Lelit Pattan 25000 houses, B’hatgan 2000 houses. Besides these Thimi and another Cipali (Kirtipur), each contains about 8000 houses… Continue reading

The History of Money in Nepal

nepal moneyExcavations in Tilaurkot during the period of 1967-1976, revealed that the earliest coins recorded in Nepal are ‘kushan’, ‘kaniksha’ and ‘havisha’ coins (1st century) and the ‘punch marked’ coins (6th and 5th century B.C.). King Mandeva’s rule in the 5th century gave birth to the Licchavi coins. Continue reading

Enduring Legacy of the Ranas

Narayanhiti Durbar

The Ranas’ most lasting legacy to the nation was a style of buildings completely different in scale and design from the traditional architecture prevalent in the Valley before. Most of them were done in white plaster in neo-classical, Baroque or industrial style and had columns of different orders besides large French windows. Continue reading