Bahal courtyard near ason tole
Just off Ason Tole in Kathmandu. One of the amazing things about urban design in Nepal is the "Bahal" which is a sort of neighborhood. In the other videos of Old Kathmandu you get a sense of the vibrant crowded street life. In truth, there are many courtyards nearby such as this one - a place sequestered from traffic. Often an oasis of calm, and you don't see them unless you stoop through a low door and look in. Traditionally, each property owner facing such a square was a member of the community and the entire city was organized this way.