Kathmandu is not a city for pedestrians and these photos prove itWalking in Kathmandu can be a nightmare. Don't take our word for it — let these photographs do the talking.
It is indisputable that walking is good for health. Doctors around the world agree that a 30-minute walk every day provides many benefits, particularly in reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
However, walking in Kathmandu can be a nightmare. Wherever you go in the city, pedestrians have to brace themselves for obstacles and surprises. Majority of the roads don't even have sidewalks, and those that do, are either poorly maintained or occupied by parked vehicles and street hawkers. That's not all of it. Across the city, electricity and telecom poles have been erected haphazardly, and often stand right in the middle of the sidewalks. Dangerous cables dangling from those poles and lying on the streets are equally messy.
As if that weren't already miserable, pedestrians in Kathmandu bear the brunt during the rainy season, during which roads turn into a trap of puddles—and occasionally a stream of sewage.
These photographs, taken over a couple of months, show Kathmandu is truly not a city for pedestrians.