Best street photography locations in Kathmandu

Kathmandu is an amazing place to be. Nepal’s capital may sound dull and boring from the outside but for someone with heart of an explorer would find a lot of things to do in Kathmandu. Those who like Street Photography will find a lot of spots to wander and find moments worth clicking.

If you don’t have treks planned and want to stay away from the noisy and crowded Pokhara then Kathmandu will give you a lot of opportunities to explore. If you love clicking shots of life going around you then here are a few places that you hit for street photohgraphy in Kathmandu –

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

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Bhaktapur is one of the three squares around which Kathmandu exists today. Bhaktapur has a larger than life atmosphere with so much to explore in its lanes and different partitions. Here, you will find pottery lane, temples, iconic buildings and traditional homes. Bhaktapur also has many eateries where you can enjoy local ice creams, snacks and local cuisines.

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Best time to visit Bhaktapur is in the morning or after lunch when the sun becomes less harsh.

Thamel

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Thamel is the hub of all the backpacking activities. From cheap food joints to trekking gear shops, you’ll find everything in its lanes. Thamel is perfect place to click Nepal from a different perspective. The lanes are covered in graffiti while you can also find portraits from shops, hotels and road. Many pretty shops and cafes have a photogenic quality that makes them a must shoot.

Best time to explore Thamel is in the evening and later in the morning. Considering that you’ll be staying nearby, you can pay a visit multiple times during your stay.

Patan Darbar Square

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Patan Darbar Square is located in Lalitpur and is one of the oldest parts of Nepal. Patan is known for its ancient buildings and temples that are spread in small portions. The lanes and alleys of Patan Darbar square are filled with beautiful murals and paintings. If you walk a little beyond the main temple area, you’ll also come across shops selling paintings and souvenirs.

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Best time to visit Patan is after 5 PM when people working nearby start coming here and catch up with each other over a cup of tea.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

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Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage site close to Thamel. A short walk will take you across the palaces and royal temples. This part of Kathmandu is hustling bustling with activity and requires almost half a day to capture everything.

Swayambhunath

Swyambhunath is commonly known as Monkey Temple among the tourists. The location is a fine mix of Hinduism and Buddhism with a lot of activities going around. The main Buddha stupa is very beautiful and the around is filled with colourful flags and wheels.

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Pashpupatinath Temple Complex

Pashupatinath Temple complex is an ideal place for those who wish to click portraits of the life around Kathmandu. Saffron clad sadhus, devotees and shopkeepers create a very nice setting that a photographer would love. The temples are located on the bank of River Bagmati River which is again very picturesque.

Apart from these, Kathmandu has many more Street photography locations. You can visit Boudhanath, Freak Street, and Buddha Neelkanth Temple are also worth visiting but I couldn’t go there due to lack of time.

As a photographer or someone who just likes to stroll around observing life, you will love to explore Kathmandu. These places have an exquisite cultural setting worth your time.

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  1. MY RIG Adventures

    Wow, what a beautiful part of the world. I love all of the pots lined up, almost as their own work of art.

  2. Samara

    Bali is one of my favourite places on earth. So picturesque and peaceful and stunning! Love this article and all these unique photo spots you found!

  3. Danik

    I love it when I go around busy places taking photos of everyday lifes and capturing people’s faces when they dont know I got a camera pointed out on them. Loving your photos.

  4. Evan Petzer

    Just so many beautiful things to see. I would like to experience the 5 o’clock cup of tea session to get to know more about the local people and some historical tales.

  5. The lane shopping areas are neat. It reminds me of my time in Melbourne. What appeared to be an alley turned into a neat lane with shopping/cafes/etc.

  6. faecelinee

    Kathmandu looks so beautiful. I’ve never visited Nepal yet but I have always been interested to, Your photos inspires me to book a flight to Kathmandu right now.

  7. Medha Verma

    Very nice pictures. I guess I’d want to head to Bhaktapur myself where I can find several pottery shops, temples and traditional homes. I’ve never been to Nepal though I’ve considered it a few times. I do not live in India anymore but maybe I can go the next time I visit home, as a trip with my family.

  8. Anita

    It’s been a long time since I have been to Kathmandu, and it feels nice going through your photos and remebmering the places. It’s absolutely worth for any photography enthusiasts.

  9. Freedom Chasers

    I have only heard great things about Nepal and would love to visit some day. I normally like to leave the big cities when I travel and find some less touristy spots but you definitely convinced me to explore this one. Looks very cool!

  10. s1simps

    Such a colorful location, you’ve really captured the feel of Kathmandu in your photographs. Watching the pottery being made would be an interesting stop while walking around the city.

  11. FSG Travels

    Kathmandu looks beautiful, Especially the Bhaktapur Durbar Square the pottery making there looks wonderful. I bet the pottery is even more amazing details in person.

  12. jennybhatia

    Another place on my bucket list. Beautiful images of life captured here. That stack of pottery is really amazing, and then the guy creating it, so real. I am wondering why the person walking through the streets is covering his nose and mouth? That is curious.

    1. ansh997x

      So glad that you liked my captures and tips. thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts.

  13. Shane Prather

    I wish I could pronounce these names 😀 Love how you captured the true essence of the local culture!

    1. ansh997x

      You can note down and ask around in the city 😛

  14. The Holidaymaker

    Love how you have captured the local culture. I especially liked the pottery, and would be great to watch it being done.

  15. Eden Fite

    This is a great idea. I love doing photo walks in new places, especially in unexpected places. I did this in Paris and just walked around in residential neighborhoods instead of the touristy spots. I learned a lot and got some great photos.

    1. ansh997x

      Totally agree with you. thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts. Do share photography destinations in Paris. Would love to read.

  16. Brittany Harris

    Kathmandu seems like a very interesting city with a lot of culture! I’ve never been to Nepal and know very little about it. Seems like a mixture between China and India.

    1. ansh997x

      I agree. Kathmandu is really pretty and worth exploring.

  17. Honestly, I’m not really into Street Photography, but I have a high respect and adoration to those that loves Street Photography. I really love how you showcase the rich culture of Kathmandu with your amazing Street Photography skill. Also, it is very colorful and full of innate meaning. I wish I can traipse my feet in Nepal’s beautiful capital City soon. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    1. ansh997x

      Even if you are not into street photography, these places are worth visiting and testing your camera skills.

  18. Yukti

    Kathmandu is a perfect photogenic place and I would love to go for photo tours in this beautiful city. The mud pots of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are catching my attention.

    1. ansh997x

      I agree, the city has so much to explore and click.

  19. Mike

    loved photographing in Nepal and Kathmandu, I would like to go back with a digital camera.
    Nice pictures.