Lonely Planet Writer

Heritage sites to reopen in Nepal despite damage

Patan, Durbar Square, Nepal.
Patan, Durbar Square, Nepal. Image by Iryna Kuchma / CC BY 2.0

In an attempt to draw back tourists following April’s earthquake, Nepal plans to reopen its historic sites in the Kathmandu Valley. After the earthquake, in which more than 8000 were killed, Unesco described the damage in the Kathmandu Valley as ‘extensive and irreversible’. However, officials in Nepal have reportedly stated that security and signboards will be in place and guided tours will be given in order to minimise disturbance to structures at the sites. In a statement issued on the eleventh of  June, Unesco urged the public to reconsider the need to visit sites in the Kathmandu Valley due to the precarious state of the monuments. Read more: bbc.co.uk