Kathmandu wears deserted look as millions return home for Dashain

KATHMANDU: Nepal's Capital, Kathmandu, which otherwise used to be teeming, is beginning to look almost deserted after people in large numbers left the Kathmandu Valley for home to celebrate the Dashain festival.

More than 2.2 million people have left for their homes in various destinations from the three districts of the Valley.

Shops at main market places and city areas are also closed for the festival. There is less traffic on the roads and the movement of people is also sparse.

People are facing problems to travel to different places in the Valley as very few public transport vehicles are plying.

Biswas KC of Chitwan, who arrived home from Qatar for the Dashain festival, complained of facing problems in going to places in the Valley for the lack of public transport.

He was waiting for a taxi in Anamnagar and said it had been two hours he had been looking for the one.

Although the Nepal Police and the Nepal Army have been operating buses along different routes in the Kathmandu Valley for the convenience of the passengers during the Dashain period, many people do not have access to this service, it is stated.