Places to visit in Kathmandu (Nepal) after earthquake
On 25th April 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake with its epicenter in Gorkha, Barpark which killed about 9000 people and injured more than 22000. It was one of the worst natural disasters in Nepal since 1934. Many historical monuments were damaged. The tallest historical building Dharhara fell down.
Others world heritages sites like Boudhanath, Swayambhu, Durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square, Changu Narayan, Patan durbar square were damaged. Aftershocks were continued for a couple of months. So, most of the foreigners started leaving Nepal since they felt it is unsafe to stay. This tremendously affected Nepal tourism industry. Tourists coming to Nepal rapidly declined almost to zero. However, there were some who were helping in Nepal.
Now, Nepal is safe to visit. You might feel Kathmandu is still unsafe for traveling but remember this city has a lot of odds you. Only, some of the parts of Nepal have been badly affected by the earthquake. There are so many places where you can travel freely without any doubt.
The devastating earthquake of April 2015 took the lives of almost 9000 people while harming about 22,000. Besides, it left significant of them destitute and desire for a piece of bread and the spot to land rest to their endured body.
The aftermaths of disaster activated fear in the eyes of the explorers who fairly felt dangerous to travel Nepal. Cordiality of that, the tourism sector inclined downwards living the prominent source of income under jeopardy.
However, the impact of the earthquake was mostly suffered by the old and weak mud buildings. Generally, 5 districts of the nation were badly affected due to it with minor destruction to the 7 other districts. Aside from that, all other places were not so much affected.
To reduce the fall in the tourism sector and to ascend from the ashes following the devastating incident, the government came up with the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign. Besides, it is also saying the explorers Nepal is safe for visiting.
So far, the Tourism Board has checked every climbing routes and has flagged it as safe for trekking and travelling. Aside from that, the national parks are additionally cleared for a visit after being repaired from the damage. The government is also giving a new glance to the damaged streets and successfully partaking in constructing the new ones according to need.
Moreover, the building and temples everywhere throughout the affected districts are completely checked by the approved engineers and those to have been unfavorably influenced by the earthquake are stamped red. There are just a couple of structures with red marks as the greater part of them are separated and developed into new ones.
Here are the places to visit in Kathmandu after an earthquake:
Places to visit in Kathmandu after earthquake
Though Boudhanath was affected by the earthquake but it is the first world heritage of Nepal to get renovated on time. After renovation, it has gained an added beauty and charm. It has been said that around Rs 230m has been spent on this renovation project.
Its opening was done with one week of Lama Puja. Now, there has been increasing number of people who are visiting this holy place and chanting mantras while revolving around. So, Bouddhanath stupa can be the best place for you to visit.
2. Kapan Gumba
Kapan Gumba is in Kapan, Kathmandu. The 7.8 magnitude of earthquake did a little effect on this gumba but it is now a safe place to visit. It is the place where you can learn the Buddhas mantras, practice yoga, and meditation, meet the Buddhist guru and learn about Buddhism.
It just less than 5 km from the ring road. So, if you want to learn about spirituality and souls, then better visit this. It is safe.
As I have already included Nagarkot in one of the most visit place in Kathmandu. Earthquake of 25th April, 2015 had a minor effect on this place. The hotels and restaurants are all safe to live. They are partially affected. The roads are free from any damage. So, you can visit Nagarkot without any doubt and get the most pleasing experiences of nature.
4. Swayambhunath stupa
Though Swayambhunath stupa has been affected by the devastating earthquake, its renovation is under progress and expected to be completed by this year. There is no life threatening issue. Feel safe to visit this wonderful stupa and view the whole Kathmandu city.
If you love short trek route then Shivapuri can be the best one in Kathmandu. It is one of the safe trekking routes in Kathmandu. You can view the whole Kathmandu city from there. The trekking routes are very clear from any destruction due to the earthquake. So, feel safe and enjoy the trek.
Besides, other famous places like Bhaktapur durbar square, Kathmandu durbar square, Patan durbar square are under construction. You can visit these places but since they are located in the encroached areas where still the houses are cracked and are not properly maintained, you need to be careful while visiting these areas. However, Kathmandu is safe to visit and you can plan to come any time here.
Writer: Niraj Thapa Magar