Tourism is the lifeblood of the Nepalese economy, but since the earthquake in 2015 that cost 8,000 lives and left many thousands more homeless, visitors have stayed away. Almost a year later, the country is still struggling to recover.
In Durbar Square in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, there are few people who are obviously tourists; just a handful of people eating lunch amongst the piles of bricks.
If anyone resembling a visitor from overseas does turn up, locals in traditional topi caps, saris, flipflops and fleeces, come over waving their laminated badges, saying “official guide, official guide”. They are all desperate for business.
Not that there’s much left to tour.
The royal palaces and temples that dotted the city’s famous square still lie in ruins, a year after the 7.8 magnitude quake shook the valley.
Four hundred years ago this was a network of royal palaces, stables, temples – now it’s mostly rubble.