Villagers of the valley

When Prime Minister Chandra Shumshere was planning to setup Kathmandu´s first college in 1918, he looked for open space. The site he selected for the Tri Chandra College was among vegetable patches to the east of the Rani Pokhaii water tank, then well outside the city limits.

Today, the college sits in the middle of metropolitan Kathmandu. The quest foi land for private and public construction has taken developers further and further from the immediate outskirts of the old city. The Rana aristocracy began the trend by choosing the isolation of the more distant sites like Sanepa, Maharajganj, Jawalakhel and Min Bhawan to indulge in their penchant for sprawling European estates.

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