The Kathmandu Valley is made up of three cities — Kathmandu, Laltipur (Patan) and Bhaktapur. Each city has a Durbar Square — an area made up of temples and courts, opposite the old royal palaces in Nepal. All three Durbar Squares are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Saturday is referred to as a holiday in Nepal, and Durbar Squares are usually filled with people relaxing and drinking tea. All of the squares were damaged in the earthquake, and many people lost their lives because the earthquake occurred on a Saturday afternoon. The rebuilding process has been slow in Nepal, and many temples have sat damaged for months.