With our training cancelled due to a local strike, we took the opportunity to walk to Durbar Square in Patan, one of the seven World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. The roads were so empty that a group of young boys was playing a football game on one of the busiest highways, where usually you dice with death to get across. Oh, so quiet too, no car and bike horns, roaring traffic or people shouting.
|Three of the five tiered Mandirs in the square|
|One of the courtyards of the Royal Palace|
|Stone lions guard a palace door|
On one side of the square is a richly decorated Royal Palace, built originally during the seventeenth century, but much of it required rebuilding after the earthquake damage of 1934. Five tiered Mandirs can be seen on the opposite side of the square, the oldest dating from 1565.
Near the temple are colourful stalls selling goods for offerings to the Gods; bananas, coconuts, tinsel, and beautiful little dishes made of leaves onto which are put marigold flowers, seeds and rice.
There is so much to learn about Nepal, its rich history and culture, I am sure to return to these beautiful old buildings in the square many times during my next couple of months living in Kathmandu.