Tihar, Tika, and Traffic Jams (Part II)

For the second half of Sunday, I met up with Lauren, and two others, and we walked down through Asan, one of the big market areas, to Durbar Square, where there are the multi-tiered temples.

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The view of one of Asan’s roads from a back area
Buying lights and decorations for Tihar!
Buying lights and decorations for Tihar!

The whole area of Asan was lit up with lights strung across the top of the little streets that web out to make up the marketplace, and the buildings had lights hanging off of them!

The alley and chowk strung with lights
The alley and chowk strung with lights
The entire area, from above.
The entire area, from above.

It was beautiful to see the temples at night, even when they weren’t lit up.

One of the temples in Durbar Square
One of the temples in Durbar Square

We spent the evening walking through the streets, and after dinner even ran into a treat stand set up in one of the alleys!

The entire city becomes a bit more magical with the lights on.
The entire city becomes a bit more magical with the lights on.
A fruit and vegetable stand does some late-night business
A fruit and vegetable stand does some late-night business

All of the sweets looked good, so the guy just gave us a tray, we put one of each on it, they weighed it out (I won’t mention how much it weighed), and the entire grocery bag of treats only cost 150 rupees! It was a great sugar-high end to a beautiful evening of wandering around and seeing the city at night.

Empty shops as the streets start to empty.
Empty shops and empty streets.

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