Kathmandu is finally finding a ‘new normal’ but that doesn’t mean that the city is operating like it was before the earthquake. Even after nearly two years, the capital is still far from what it was pre-April 2015 when that 7.8 magnitude quake ripped through the country. Many major monuments across the city, including Durbar Square, and surrounding ancient towns, such as Patan and Bhaktapur, stand in varying degrees of ruin. Held up by scaffolding, evidence of the destruction is everywhere.
Having been to these destinations before the quake, it’s a sorry state to see. There’s no escaping the fact that this scaffolding detracts from the beauty of the place but it’s essential. Crumbled buildings, broken bricks and, of course, massive poles supporting buildings, has become a staple sight in the capital. And what’s even sadder is that this probably won’t change anytime soon as there is so much work still to be done.0