Category: Kathmandu

Dashain Swing

People having fun with a swing (Ping) along the banks of the Vishnumati River in Kathmandu

Swing, Dashain


Children playing with a Dashain swing near a village along the road from Nagarkot to Sankhu in Kathmandu valley.

swing or ping

Bamboo swings are constructed in many parts of Nepal as a way of celebration. They are called ‘ping’ in Nepali.
A ping will be constructed a week before Ghatasthapana and dismantled after the festival of Tihar. They are especially famous with children, but adults are also seen playing on the swings.

Tika, Vijaya Dashami, Dashain

Nepali boy and girl buying bananas at Ason chowk. They have a tika on their forehead, given by their parents on the occassion of Vijaya Dashami, Dashain festival.

dashain tika

Tika and jamara

(Dashain) Tika is made of rice grains mixed with red vermillion powder into a paste form by mixing curd. The result is put on the forehead as auspicious mark and blessings.
Similarly, Jamara is the seedlings of barley grown at specially anointed altar at home that is put behind the ears as the auspicious item of goddess Nawa Durga Bhawani.
It is customary for the Hindus to receive Tika and Jamara from their seniors on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami.

Paddy harvest in Kathmandu Valley

People working in the field of Kathmandu Valley, busy with the paddy harvest. The paddy harvest is still very labor intensive in many parts of Nepal.

paddy harvest, Nepal

Sunset from Swayambhunath

Beautiful sunset from Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath is an religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. The views from the hill are awesome and it is a great place to sit and relax for a while.

Crowd gathering for the Indra Jatra festival at Durbar Square in Kathmandu

Large crowds gathering at Durbar Square in Kathmandu for the Indra Jatra festival and the blessing of the king by Kumari, the living goddess.

indra jatra

Mother and daughter crossing Bishnumati River

Mother and daughter crossing the Bishnumati River in Kathmandu using a temporary bridge.

The Bishnumati river is one of the important rivers of the Kathmandu valley. It originates near Tokha on Shivapuri Mountain.

Man selling bags at Indra Chowk

A man selling bags at Indra Chowk, a market square in the old town of Kathmandu

Selling bags Indra Chowk


At Indrachowk six streets meet and link this square to Kathmandu’s major localities. The square is named after Indra, lord of heaven in Hindu mythology.

Holi festival

Youngsters celebrating Holi at a venue at Basantapur Square in Kathmandu

Holi Festival Kathmandu

Traditional clothes Losar festival

Youngsters wearing traditional clothes during the celebrations of the Losar festival in Bouddha.

Tibetan women during Losar Festival

Traditionally dressed Tibetan women during the celebration of Losar Festival in Bouddha.

Tibetan Women, Lhosar, Festival