On April 25, just one month later, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal.
Nearly 9000 people were killed and damage was extensive.
In Bhaktapur, entire streets proved as fragile as the pottery laid out in one of its most famous squares. Aftershocks rolled on through the weeks ahead, including another major earthquake 17 days later.
In the 12 months since the quake, Nepal’s tourism industry has been almost as damaged as any of the country’s infrastructure. In the four months immediately following the disaster, visitor numbers dropped by more than 50 per cent in comparison to the previous year.
The number of Australians who travelled to Nepal in 2015 fell by almost 25 per cent.
A year on from the first earthquake, reconstruction continues in Nepal, but tourism is very much open for business in a country where there’s so much to love.
Trekking trails in the ever-popular Everest and Annapurna regions are open and clear, and the seven UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites through the Kathmandu Valley, including Bhaktapur, have also reopened.