Kathmandu – Through the years

The last few decades brought in a lot of changes(political, economic and in the physical landscape) in  Kathmandu as well as in  the whole country. Here's just a glimpse of the changing landscape of Kathmandu. While the new photos are from Explore Himalaya's archive, the old pictures have been sourced  from " Images of a Century – The Changing Townscapes of Kathmandu Valley."

Swoyambhunath

Then- 1960

old-swoyambhu

Now – 2012

swoyambhu

Bhaktapur Durbar Square – Sometime before the great earthquake of 1934.

bhaktapur-old

Now – 2012 (Thanks to the German funded Bhaktapur Durbar Square restoration project, everything looks ship shape!)

Bhaktapur

Rani Pokhari in central Kathmandu

Then

old-ranipokhari

Now – Though the picture has not been taken from the same vantage point, one can see the difference in the landscape. 

Ranipokhari

Patan Dhoka

Then- before 1934

patan dhoka-old

Now – 2012

patan-dhoka

Thapathali – Kupondol Bridge – River Bagmati

Then 1926

Kupondol - Bagmati

Residents of Kathmandu know what has become of this once beautiful spot. The least said the better.

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