A Time of Sadness

Kathmandu's Thamel tourist district last October:

A Time for Sadness

 

and yesterday:

A Time for Sadness

 

The Kathmandu Valley includes three ancient cities that were independent states from the 12th to 18th century.  There are seven UNESCO World Heritage sites!  The last truly devestating earthquake occurred in 1934 and damaged many ancient shrines; some were still in the process of being rebuilt.  Kathmandu Valley is a living museum, where people interacting daily with their historic past.  Yesterday's distaster will sorely test the people of Nepal.

Basantapur Durbar Square UNESCO World Heritage Site, last October:

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

 

and now:

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

 

Kathmandu city now:

A Time for Sadness

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A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

 

Another UNESCO site badly hit was the town of Bhaktapur, about 13 km east of Kathmandu.  This magic place was untouched by modern urbanisation; cars were not even allowed on its ancient brick streets!  Our visit was during the harvest season when the town was buzzing with activity.  

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

 

Today my heart aches for them broken heart

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A Time for Sadness

A Time for Sadness

Earthquake pictures courtesy Getty Images

Makes for sad reading but thanks for posting nt
04/26/2015 - 20:00

nt

extremely sad for the over 3000 dead the thousands more inured or homeless and
04/27/2015 - 10:07

the disaster!

Thanks for posting this. The tremors were felt in parts of India too. My
04/27/2015 - 10:31

aunt and her family who live in Kathmandu got saved by a narrow margin day-before.

I hope Nepal comes out of this a stronger country, and I hope Nepal, as well as India learn proper construction techniques in light of this tragedy.

The loss of life and cultural history is indeed a tragedy
04/27/2015 - 23:48

Thank you for sharing and adding your personal connection, which make it that much more sad and poignant.  I hope all can pray or send wishes or however one chooses to honor and wish well for these people in their time of despair.