The streets of Kathmandu, despite the intense noise and the heavy pollution, that can create a strong negative impact on new visitors, always have something new and unexpected to offer.
The crowded streets gain a magic atmosphere with the light of the sunset, lightning up hidden corners and people’s faces. Old buildings facades standing out from the urban landscape, where the dust creates an almost permanent veil.
The morning markets, that daily fills up squares and narrow streets, gain a special atmosphere as soon as the first sun rays crawl over the dense and compact mass of buildings, giving a new intensity to the colors and bringing a new perspective to the scenery.
Walking along the mazy streets of the old part of Kathmandu, that get unbelievably crowded at dusk, can reveal a tough challenge. But at the same time it can reveal new routines of the daily life of the city… from the “puja” rituals to the washing of the clothes, from religious processions to the movement of the porters, from the fruits and vegetable hawkers to the marigold garland makers.
Even though we have passed countless times along the same street, bend the same corner, walk along the same path and pass by the same “stupa”… Kathmandu always has something that surprises us: a new light that changes familiar images, a new detail in the wood carving of a door, a new brightness that makes a normal color stand out, a smile filled with curiosity from a young face, the serious gaze of those who have seen many things, or just a new scent of a warm snack just coming out of a pan full of oil.