Wandering around Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is one of the three cities in the Kathmandu Valley that used to be a capital and is filled with old temples. The temples were impressive, but it was the streets in the neighbourhood around the main square that were absolutely fascinating.

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We followed the walking tour in the Lonely Planet. It’s by far the best walking tour I’ve ever done.

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I was looking through a doorway into the courtyard of a small temple. Inside was a large group of women dressed in red laughing and chatting. Moments later they burst out of the door into the street followed by the men and arranging themselves for a family photo. They asked if I could take it for them.

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A girl stepped forward to explain in perfect English that they were celebrating the arrival of the newest member of the family. The women wear red on this auspicious occasion.

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Hours later, we finally made it back to the main square. Families visiting the main square and the temples usually dress up for the occasion. This girl was really enjoying the opportunity to show off her beautiful blue dress.

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