Before Nepal was unified as a single country in the eighteenth century, it was a collection of small kingdoms. Each palace was based around a Durbar Square, and the three in the Kathmandu Valley - Kathmandu, Bhaktepur and Patan - are impressive World Heritage Sites*.
Kathmandu's Durbar Square is teeming with ancient temples, palaces, shrines and statues... and also with pigeons and touts. While Dave engaged a tour guide in a heated discussion about tourist guide licensing schemes (I can't make this stuff up), I wandered around, climbing steep staircases, peering behind corners, quietly observing extremely loud religious ceremonies, and hoping not to get pooped on by the millions of pigeons.
|I wanted no part of this.|
|Ew. I wanted no part of this, either.|
|This kid, however, wanted all kinds of parts of this.|
|So... because I refused a guide (licensed or not), I don't exactly know the name or purpose of this (or any other) structure.|
Just enjoy the photos.
|When I finally found Dave again, he was playing down-low-too-slow with some local kids|
|Dave outside Kumari Chowk|
|Not that we could have documented it if she had.|
|Waiting (somewhat) patiently in the courtyard for the goddess who never showed. How rude.|
* Well, we can only assume that Patan is impressive. We got templed-out and didn't make it there.