In pictures: Kathmandu, Nepal

RE-EMERGING as a tourist hot spot after years of unrest, the largest city and capital of Nepal lies in the beautiful Kathmandu Valley with one million inhabitants.

Featuring all the colour of exotic markets and bustling centres it’s also replete with ancient architecture, historic temples and pilgrimage sites and more laid back village life right on the city’s outskirts.

Friendly young girls by Durbar Square.

Traffic by the Royal Palace at lunch time.

Monkeys are part of the scene at Swayambhunath, a Buddhist temple atop one of the hills in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple thanks to the holy monkeys living there.

Local shoe repair Kathmandu style

 

Old weaving practices continue in the Kathmandu Valley, Kirtipur

The beautiful architecture of Patan's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Older Nepali men take up residence in Patan in the late afternoon.

Jewellery, Gurkha knives and other trinkets for sale in Thamel, the main tourist district of Kathmandu.

Men enjoying a card game in Kirtipur, a small village on the outskirts of Kathmandu

A woman cooking up corn in Chobar, a small village on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

A busy travel agent at work on two phones in Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu.

A woman emerges from the wall hangings of her shop on Freak St, an old hippie hangout.

 

The humble bicycle is alive and well for business use in Kathmandu.

The steep route numbering 365 stairs up to Swayambhunath, a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

All photos by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Other photographic posts of Nepal include: Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, Trekking in Nepal