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Patan, Kathmandu Valley

These images pre-date the devastating April 2015 earthquake which caused widespread damage and loss of life across the Kathmandu Valley.

Patan is my favourite of the three ancient city-states of the Kathmandu Valley. Seemingly engulfed by metropolitan Kathmandu, Patan (or Lalitpur) remains a marvellous time warp. Temples or traditional Newari brick houses with elaborately carved eaves, doorways and window boxes appear at every turn, even away from the main square. Men and women are dwarfed by the loads on their backs. People pause to clasp hands in prayer as they pass yet another shrine, walking down the street. Sometimes a single gateway facing into a narrow street opens into the courtyard which encloses a back-street temple. The distinction between Hindu and Buddhist belief and practices seems quite vague.

These images were taken with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing.

Krishna Mandir just after dawn
Krishna Mandir just after dawn
Early morning in Durbar Square
Early morning in Durbar Square
Durbar Square
Durbar Square
Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir at left
Durbar Square, Krishna Mandir at left
Krishna Mandir
Krishna Mandir
The Royal Palace on Durbar Square
The Royal Palace on Durbar Square
Gateway to the Royal Palace, Patan
Gateway to the Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Repousse brass over a palace doorway
Repousse brass over a palace doorway
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Royal Palace, Patan
Boddhisattva inside the Royal Palace
Boddhisattva inside the Royal Palace
Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha: Patan Museum
Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha: Patan Museum
Dipankara, the Buddha of Fixed Light: Patan Museum
Dipankara, the Buddha of Fixed Light: Patan Museum
Throne of the Malla kings, Patan Museum
Throne of the Malla kings, Patan Museum
Durbar Square around noon
Durbar Square around noon
Jagan Narayan Temple
Jagan Narayan Temple
Colonnades of the Jagan Narayan
Colonnades of the Jagan Narayan
Hauling the water, Patan
Hauling the water, Patan
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Going about his business (??), Patan
Going about his business (??), Patan
Patan
Patan
Patan
Patan
Nepali women friends
Nepali women friends
Nepali mates
Nepali mates
Bhim Sen Temple
Bhim Sen Temple
Detail, Bhim Sen Temple
Detail, Bhim Sen Temple
Erotic themes on the eaves of a temple
Erotic themes on the eaves of a temple
Kumbeshwor Temple
Kumbeshwor Temple
Stall outside Kumbeshwor Temple
Stall outside Kumbeshwor Temple
Inside the sanctuary, Kumbeshwor Temple
Inside the sanctuary, Kumbeshwor Temple
Temple pundit, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu
Temple pundit, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu
Uku Bahal, the street of metalworkers
Uku Bahal, the street of metalworkers
Street mural, Patan
Street mural, Patan
Stallholder outside a shrine
Stallholder outside a shrine
Chyasin Dewal Temple
Chyasin Dewal Temple
Chyasin Dewal Temple
Chyasin Dewal Temple
Sunset over Durbar Square
Sunset over Durbar Square