Photographer's Note

A curious child looking into my lens… But what is that tall building in the background??

For those (especially Craig) who wondered, after my last post, what happened to Nyatapola during the earthquake the answer is: it’s still standing. It survived the earthquake in 1934 (which destroyed half of Bhaktapur Durbar Square) and it is still there after the one in 2015. The proud Queen of Kathmandu Valley temples, not stired, not even shaken. It was built to last. Apparently its foundation is wider than its base and maybe that is why it is so resilient.

Before my second trip to Nepal I had not done much research. I was too busy, and, also, it was just too heart-breaking to see photos of all those monuments that had collapsed. And not many posts on the Internet were actually that reliable. In April 2015 tourists stopped going to Nepal and not many knew which buildings were destroyed. There were a lot of photos published with a caption “this is a temple I photographed, now no longer there”. Very often nothing more than attention-seeking by the photographer.

I’m still glad I took that approach. My trip to Nepal, planned as a sentimental journey, turned into a voyage of discovery. Because I didn’t always know what to expect, I found some of the sights I encountered shocking. But there were a few pleasant surprises too. Nyatapola was the most important of the latter.

Another, less lucky, temple in WS.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1408 W: 7 N: 2688] (14822)
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