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Lest We May Forget: Remembering the Beautiful Nepal! – Kathmandu

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If God is not sending earthquakes, destroying economies and inflicting pain upon human beings, what is God doing?
God works through people, calling them to help their neighbors in need. God comforts His people, walking with them even ‘through the valley of the shadow of death.’
                                                            – Adam Hamilton
Some memories are really special and if it’s related to a particular place then it tends to amuse the traveler in you over and over again. Nepal is once such really special place which I visited at the beginning of a new phase of my life.
However, it is equally heartbreaking when you see the same place been ripped apart by natural calamities like the earthquake that happened on 25th April 2015. Even I who was sitting in the house in Delhi was shaken by the long-distance impact of the earthquake tremors. That day I could actually estimate the amount of devastation that had happened back there in Nepal.
This series of blog posts named, ‘Lest We May Forget: Remembering the Beautiful Nepal!’ is divided into two posts and will have photographs of my travel in the two main cities of Nepal namely Kathmandu & Pokhra. These photographs constitute my fond memories of this awe-inspiring country.
Let us keep our beautiful neighbouring country and even more beautiful its people in our prayers!

Durbar Square

One of the key tourist attraction of Kathmandu. Here most buildings were made of wood and so succumbed to the mighty earthquake.

Priceless history turned into ruins Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/26/travel/nepal-earthquake-landmarks/
Priceless history turned into ruins Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/26/travel/nepal-earthquake-landmarks/

Swayambhunath Temple

It is an ancient temple also known as ‘Monkey Temple’ had to face some deep blows to the complex infrastructure.
Earthquake Aftermath: Ruins in Swayambhunath Temple Source: Jackson Proskow/Global News
Earthquake Aftermath: Ruins in Swayambhunath Temple Source: Jackson Proskow/Global News

For those people and for those monuments that survived this fatal calamity like Pashupatinath Mandir & House of Kumari:

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”
– Psalm 91, The Bible

Pashupatinath Temple

The most renowned and worshipped temple of Nepal still stands tall and is a witness tothe cremation of hundreds and thousands of people for whome this earthquake proved to be fatal.

House of Kumari, ‘The Living Goddess’

Located near the Darbar Square and also made of wood but it remained unharmed and still stands tall.

Boudhanath Stupa

A UNESCO world heritage site escaped a fatal end with just minor bruises.

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(8) Comments

  1. Wow! Beautiful collection, Judy. You’re lucky to visit these. There are many who don’t 🙂

    1. Thanks Ravishji. Yes indeed I feel lucky to have visited this city, some of the monuments now exist no more. Sad but true.

  2. Awesome pictures! N

  3. Good job with the post and the intentions behind it. Nature has not been very kind there, hope the spirit in people comes back fast and strong! 🙂

    1. Thanks!

  4. Beautiful pictures!

  5. wish I had travelled to Nepal earlier too…nice pics

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