Contesting Place in a Post-colonial Space

(Re)colonizing Tradition

A Pedestrian Guide to a "Traditional" City

Welcome to Bhaktapur

[1] The Tea Stall at Guhepukhu

[2] Nava Durga Chitra Mandir

[3] Khauma Square

[4] Tourist Motor Park

[5] Indrani Pitha

[6]Lasku Dhwakha Gate

[7]Char Dham

[8]Cafe de Temple

[9]Batsala Temple

[10] Batsala Temple

[11] City Hall

[12] The Procession Route

[13] Pujari Math

[14] The Peacock Restaurant

[15] Sewage Collection Ponds

[16] Bhairavanath Temple

The Derive

The derive (literally, 'drifting') was a technique‹both of action and a mode of knowledge‹by which the Situationists would walk the city, attempting to trace paths through the urban environment (Plant 1992, 59­60). As the Situationists described it, "[T]he derive [or drift] is a form of experimental behavior in an urban society. At the same time as being a form of action, it is a means of knowledge" (Internationale Situationiste #2) . The "drift" entails a "playful-constructive behavior." It should not be confused with the "classical notions of the journey and the stroll." Nor was it the surrealists¹ method of pure chance. Drifters were not tadpoles in a tank "stripped of intelligence, sociability and sexuality," but were people alert to "the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find," capable as a group of agreeing upon distinct, spontaneous preferences for routes through the city .


Mandala Map

Tourist Map


Tour Map

Durbar Square

Tacapa Map



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