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Explore Patan

Theme: Explore Sauraha (later changed to Explore Patan due to Nepal bandh)
Hiking Route: Kalimati-Bishalnagar; Itachhen-Bishalnagar; Bishalnagar-Patan Durbar Square
Time: 1-4 hours depending on the individual’s home
Day: September 28, 2008
Team: BalL, BhaskarB, KeshabG, RajendraB, SudeepG, RaghuR
Photos By: BhaskarB, BalL
Caption By: SudeepG
Creative Support: DijupT, AshishS

Rookie Scribe: A visit to Patan Darbar Square and Yala Mahotsav

– Keshab Ghimire

It was to be the first hiking in which I participated since I joined D2. Due to Nepal Banda, the scheduled ‘Explore Sauraha’ hiking trip was cancelled. Three of us had gathered in the office premises in the morning; some of us braving the silent roads and walking all the way to office – a warm up! Most of the people who could be contacted where informed of the cancellation. Then, Bhaskar Dai proposed to go for “Yala Mahotsav, Patan” on foot. Three persons from office and three waiting at Tripureshor agreed and gathered at Thapathali. From there, we walked towards Patan and entered the Mahotsav from Pulchowk side. Some snapshots were captured and finally we reached Patan Darbar Square.

Since I am from outside the valley and I passed my school and intermediate level at Palpa, my home place, I had not gotten any opportunity to visit Patan Darbar Square. I only had read about Patan in books and other magazines and it was known to me that the area was listed as a World Heritage Site. So I was really interested to go. I got the opportunity to visit that place only at the time when I came to Kathmandu for my higher study. I found the area enriched with lots of ancient arts and majestic architecture. People were devoted and simple. It made me think how much effort the people who worked at the Square had to make at the time. I enjoyed the arts and architecture with awe. I visited the museum there and got several opportunities to watch several musical concerts at different occasions. Many times, I used to go and stay there with my friends in the evening. It instilled in me an unusual peace of mind. I have many happy memories and feelings associated with Patan Darbar Square.

Once again we had reached there at last Sunday coincidently otherwise we would be on highway at that time for our scheduled hiking at Sauraha. However once again I got the opportunity to be at Patan Darbar Square with several very interesting colleagues. We took lots of snap shots there. I learnt different things and gained good deal of experience. We got separated at about ten thirty in the morning. That short and a sweet hiking became a wonderful unforgettable event in my life.

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Exploring Sauraha at Patan
01 Exploring Sauraha at Patan
Nice early breakfast
02 Nice early breakfast
Entrance @ pulchowk
03 Entrance @ pulchowk
The artistic welcome gate
04 The artistic welcome gate
Map for self help
05 Map for self help
Welcome to the festival ver 00.1
06 Welcome to the festival ver 00.1
Guests @ Threshold
07 Guests @ Threshold
Welcome Reloaded ver 0.2
08 Welcome Reloaded ver 0.2
Hey Guys lets take a shot
09 Hey Guys lets take a shot
Beauty and the Beasts
10 Beauty and the Beasts
Beauty of the day
11 Beauty of the day
More beautiful when viewed closer
12 More beautiful when viewed closer
Om ganeshaya nama
13 Om ganeshaya nama
Colorful signboard
14 Colorful signboard
The FLAME that lighted the whole festival
15 The FLAME that lighted the whole festival
I keep the lamp burning and pray peple will kee the arts alive
16 I keep the lamp burning and pray peple will kee the arts alive
Array of Lights
17 Array of Lights
You`re as old as you feel
18 You`re as old as you feel
Place for the concert
19 Place for the concert
Buddham saranam gacchami
20 Buddham saranam gacchami
Our Mini Hiking Team
21 Our Mini Hiking Team
Colours of Life
22 Colours of Life
Krishna Mandir Temple
23 Krishna Mandir Temple
The Praying King and the temple
24 The Praying King and the temple
Promise I didn`t frighten them
25 Promise I didn`t frighten them
Blessings to all the visitors
26 Blessings to all the visitors
Guess who is missing
27 Guess who is missing
The Guards
28 The Guards
I welcome the good ones and guard against the rest
29 I welcome the good ones and guard against the rest
Bouncer for the festival
30 Bouncer for the festival
A Smile full of life
31 A Smile full of life
The then alarm clock
32 The then alarm clock
The Temple, King and the crow
33 The Temple, King and the crow
Pagoda Style Temple in a Frame
34 Pagoda Style Temple in a Frame
Good crowd was gathering it was quite early
35 Good crowd was gathering it was quite early
Red and Blue for love and peace
36 Red and Blue for love and peace
Smiling crowd
37 Smiling crowd
Copper inscription at the museum gate
38 Copper inscription at the museum gate
Simha the ancient creature believed to be like dragon
39 Simha the ancient creature believed to be like dragon
Lights and shades
40 Lights and shades
Temple and the clear sky, rejuvenates the festival mood
41 Temple and the clear sky, rejuvenates the festival mood
The great 17the century leader
42 The great 17the century leader
17th century arts in a view
43 17th century arts in a view
Arts in different Moods
44 Arts in different Moods
One is real others are art
45 One is real others are art
Abiral Bagda cha bagmati
46 Abiral Bagda cha bagmati

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  16. Thanks for putting this out. It captures the early morning “setting-up” as it were of the whole event. It got too crowded in the afternoon and evenings.

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