Kathmandu Countryside

The towns of Kathmandu Valley were built on elevated grounds with the fields in the surrounding lowlands. This painting shows the countryside. People from the urban Newar community would go to the fields in the early morning, taking everything with them in kharpans: food, implements and even children. They would work in the fields the whole day and come back in the evening. Bahun-Chhetri women living in the outskirts spent their days gathering fodder for cattle. Clean water flowed from the rivers. The wooden bridges were paved using bricks made from lime and surkhi (brick dust) mortar.

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