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From Dawn till Dusk in Kathmandu

Published May 26th, 2013

If first time in Nepal, one may get disoriented and tired very quickly from dusty hustle-bustle of the streets of Kathmandu.

So why not climb up some of the taller structures, have a breather and a sense of direction. More so, most of the rooftops have an open access and Nepali people are one of the friendliest folk on Earth.


Sunrise in Kathmandu

My first sunrise in Nepal. I went up the roof of a place I was staying in Chetrapati, Kathmandu. Crows' quacking was overwhelming.


Chetrapati Castles

It's about 5:30 in the morning. Closer to 6am morning prayer starts and multiple mas and grandmas will be up there on their roofs lighting up their altars. But for now it's still quiet and empty.In the back on the hill one can see Swayambhunath complex also known as Monkey Temple but that's another story.


Kathmandu Valley

View looking west on Kathmandu Valley after a heavy rain from the top of newly constructed multistory building in Thamel area. Swayambhunath complex is far right.


Roof Infrastructure

Many roofs boast their own water tanks with filtration systems. You can see four blue plastic bowls in the foreground. All of them are filled up with specific stones that water passes through before entering into the pipe system.



View south on Thamel and Chetrapati areas of Kathmandu. Heavy rain has just stopped.


Rooftop Paradise

While most of the streets in Kathmandu may produce an impression of dusty, crowded, noisy mess, it's the opposite when you climb up the roofs. Many try to create their own little paradise and fit out their roofspace cozily and efficient. Praying flags are always a nice touch.



I kept seeing that oasis from many vantage points but never had a chance to get there.


Roof Essentials

What looks like solar panels are actually a solar powered hot shower. Inside each panel runs a zigzagged pipe that absorbs the sun rays. Power outage is an ordinary thing in Nepal so this is a great invention. Metallic umbrella over spiral staircase is a nice touch.


Rooftopping KTM

Evening meditation.


Sunset in Kathmandu

Om Mani Padme Hum

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Anastasia  over 4 years ago

wonderfull description and a fresh way of looking at Kathmandu!