Yesterday evening I visited Ranipokhari at sunset. I was lucky because the operator let me inside the gates to photograph the evening show.
Ranipokhari. Al that visited Kathmandu will recognize this beautiful sight. The pond was constructed by the then Malla King, Pratap Malla, in 1727 BS in the memory of his queen. Especially after November 2014 they installed a water, light and music show that will preform every evening at sunset. According to some writings, the fountain costs about 35 million roepies whats about 300.000 euro. For this country this is quit a extreme expence. Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with about one-quarter of its population living below the poverty line.
At this time the SAARC Summit would take place and also main investor in Nepal, India, would visit Kathmandu. Several actions had been taken before the SAARC Summit. Beside this watershow the streets in hole Kathmandu were also cleaned. Compared to western standards the streets are still not clean but you have to understand that the difference is very big.
This watershow almost make you feel like you are not in Nepal. Last time I have seen something similar was in the amusement park, the Efteling, in the Netherlands. The music that is played with the water fountains and light show is "My Heart Will Go On", Theme from the famous movie "Titanic".