An Afternoon in Patan Durbar Square

“Dashain is over and done with, for this year, at least! But, everybody’s looking forward to the another big one, that is, Tihar “

Nepal’s great festival of Dashain is over and done with. For this year, at least! But, everybody’s looking forward to the another big one, that is, Tihar, which is just around the corner. In addition to joyous get-togethers with family and friends, and plenty of feasts, people also enjoy the great weather at this time of the year. (A rare exception this year being the heavy blizzards on the mountains leading to many tragic deaths.)patan-durbar-square

Anyway, the weather is pleasant mostly, and you just cannot stop yourself from going outdoors. I took one such outing just the other day, and it took me to Patan Durbar Square, where I found the famous square full of life. Plenty of folks were sitting on the steps of ancient temples, basking in the warm sunshine, and plenty of tourists, both domestic and international, were strolling around, clicking away busily. Well yes, busily, since almost every sight is worthy of a picture. After taking a leisurely walk to the end of the square, I sat down on a pati (a public resting place) next to Bhimsen Temple and the Mangal Hiti (a large watering place for all). Continue reading

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