Kathmandu Summary

About Kathmandu Summary

Vikram Seth’s story ‘Kathmandu’ is an excerpt from the author’s book ‘Heaven Lake’. The story narrates the tale of the author visiting Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. The author had been hitchhiking from China towards India, in the midway of which he was supposed to cross Nepal and Tibet. His visit to Kathmandu, Nepal during this phase has been brought out as a story where he shares his experience of the city. A short and long summary for Class 9 English Kathmandu has been provided below. 


Class 9 English Chapter Kathmandu – A Short Summary

Author Vikram Seth had been hitchhiking from China with the motive of visiting India. In his route, he crossed the neighbouring lands of Nepal as well as Tibet. The Kathmandu Class 9 chapter has been written in the form of a travelogue bringing out the author’s experience in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. It further goes on to describe the author’s insight into his feelings associated with his Kathmandu trip. During this Kathmandu trip, the author visited important locations like the famous temples of Boudhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple. A certain difference in the temples and the surrounding ambiance has been vividly described by Vikram Seth in the Kathmandu chapter Class 9. The author’s beautiful imagery described in the summary of Kathmandu takes the readers miles away to the Himalayan city. Kathmandu 


Kathmandu Class 9 – A Long Summary

The Kathmandu summary brings out details from Vikram Seth’s story from his book ‘Heaven Lake’. It has been described with vivid imagery of the capital city of Nepal along with the author’s feelings. The author on his hitchhiking route from China to India was supposed to visit the neighbouring lands of Nepal and Tibet. There, he went to Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu. He visited the Pashupatinath temple and the Boudhanath Stupa and noticed several differences between the places and the surrounding ambiances. He saw that the Pashupatinath temple was a Hindu pilgrimage site and the Boudhanath Temple was for Buddhists. In the Pashupatinath Temple, the author noticed that entry was allowed only to the Hindus. This led to chaos between the tourists, pilgrims as well as priests. There were sights of the River Bagmati getting polluted by people washing their clothes, throwing dry flowers and wastes in it, and bathing in the river waters. Later he went for a visit to the Boudhanath Temple where he found the scenario to be different. There was a huge white-coloured dome in the Buddhist temple. The entire place was filled with calmness and serenity. There was a Tibetan market outside of the temple where bags, ornaments, clothes, and other such things were being sold by people. The author discovered that Kathmandu was a place filled with various tourist destinations as well as religious sites. There were numerous shops selling cameras, antiques, chocolates, cosmetics, and other things. The cacophony of the car horns, the music at laces, and the vendors calling out for the products made the city quite a noisy one. The author enjoyed a marzipan bar, coca-cola, and corn during this visit. There he spent time reading romantic stories, comic books as well as Reader’s Digest books. He decided to go for an adventurous route to Delhi via bus or a boat or a train journey. He later dropped his idea thinking of it to be a tiring one. This made him book a flight. The author came across a flute seller near his hotel who seemed interesting, having a pole consisting of many flutes making him look like a porcupine. This flute seller played different tunes with his flutes. The author felt that the seller was standing out in front of other such flute sellers only because he was playing his tunes thoughtfully. He kept playing his instruments without screaming for customers. This got the author attracted, making him think about the commonness of flutes. Vikram Seth started comparing human voices to the music produced from the flutes. This made him realize the fact that he was by then able to notice the little things in the world. With this, the Kathmandu chapter Class 9 summary comes to an end. Is this page helpful?


Highlights of Chapter

  • The author visited two temples in Kathmandu. He visited the famous Hindu mandir of Nepal which is "Pashupatinath" and the famous Buddhist temple of Buddhist "The Boudhanath Stupa."

  • Outside of Pashupatinath temple there was written as "For only Hindus". There was a lot of chaos around the temple. 

  • There were many priests, shopkeepers, and devotees. The devotees came from different corners of the country to worship God. 

  • When a Princess from the Nepal royal family arrives there, everyone salutes her and gives her way. The priests were mostly in the saffron color. 

  • Monkeys were fighting. One of the monkeys climbed on the Shivling during their fighting. The Bagmati River is flowing nearby. There was cremation going on and some of the ladies were washing the clothes. Some of the boys were also bathing in the river. There were small platforms near the beach of rivers for the worship of God. 

  • There is the mythology that when a small shrine will come up fully, then goddess Durga will appear and will end the period of evil. 

  • Other than it, the buddha pilgrimage Boddhnath Stupa has an opposite atmosphere.

  • There is a big white dome. There was also a road around the dome. On its outer edge, there were also many small shops. Mostly the owners of their shops were  Tibetan immigrants.

  • There was no crowd. The shops were of belt bags and Tibetan-style clothes. There was a complete piece. 

  • Explaining Kathmandu, the writer describes that there were many priests and mercenaries. 

  • The roads were crowded and very busy. There were many fruit sellers and hawkers. Shops were having different types of arts and Nepalese Antiques. Also, o some were selling film rolls, copper utensils, and cosmetics.

  • Stray cows were meowing and the car horns were also producing a lot of noise.  The Writer also describes Marzipan, a sweet, and the books which he bought there.

  • The writer also describes his return journey. Near the hotel in which he was staying, he saw a flute seller. He was carrying fifty to sixty flutes. He was playing slowly and meditatively with his flute. 

  • The writer also found it interesting to talk about flutes. He describes different types of flutes in different countries. Although, each of them requires a specific technique to play it.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What difference did the Author notice between the Pashupatinath Temple and the Boudhanath Stupa?

The author, as evident from the Kathmandu NCERT summary, visited the Pashupatinath temple and the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu where he noticed a lot of differences. In the Pashupatinath Temple, entry was only allowed to the Hindus leading to chaos among the tourists, pilgrims as well as priests. There were sights of the River Bagmati getting polluted by people washing their clothes, throwing dry flowers and wastes in it, and bathing in the river waters. The scenario in the Boudhanath Temple was different. The entire place was filled with calmness and serenity.

2. What made the Author understand that he was being able to Notice the Little Things?

While visiting Kathmandu on his way to India from China, the author made a halt there and came across several wonderful things which got etched in his memory. One such memory is that of the flute seller whom he met in the Nepalese capital. The author kept on seeing a flute seller playing different beautiful tunes thoughtfully. In his mind, the author thought that the tunes produced from the flutes were so similar to the sound of human voices. This made him comprehend the fact that he was gradually noticing the little things in the world that made it beautiful. Kathmandu Class 9 summary does justice to this deep realization.

3. What are 5 things about Kathmandu which the author describes in this excerpt?

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. The five special things about Kathmandu were: 

  • The writer describes that there were many priests and mercenaries. 

  • The roads were crowded and very busy. There were many fruit sellers and hawkers. 

  • Shops were having different types of arts and Nepalese Antiques. Also, some were selling film rolls, copper utensils, and cosmetics.

  • Stray cows were meowing and the car horns were also producing a lot of noise.  

  • The Writer also describes Marzipan, a sweet, and the books which he bought there. The writer also describes his return journey. Near the hotel in which he was staying, he saw a flute seller.

4. What did the author describe the atmosphere of Pashupatinath?

The author describes the atmosphere of Pashupatinath :

  • Outside of Pashupatinath temple there was written as "For only Hindus". 

  • There was a lot of chaos around the temple. There were many priests, shopkeepers, and devotees. The devotees came from different corners of the country to worship God.

  • A Princess from the Nepal royal family arrives there. Everyone salutes her and gives her way.

  • The priests were mostly in the saffron color. Monkeys were fighting. One of the monkeys climbed on the Shivling during their fighting.

  • The Bagmati River is flowing nearby. There was cremation going on and some of the ladies were washing the clothes. Some of the boys were also bathing in the river.

  • There were small platforms near the beach of rivers for the worship of God. There is the mythology that when a small shrine will come up fully, then goddess Durga will appear and will end the period of evil. 

5. How to read the English of class 9th to get good marks?

To read the English of class 9th to get good marks, you should understand all the chapters well. Keep revising the important questions and notes of important chapters. Focus on the word meaning of the chapters. Also, increase your vocabulary so that you can best describe any of the concepts. Remember that grammar is equally important for exams. Vedantu is also one of the best platforms to keep revising summaries and all-important questions.

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