I always believed that if you really want to experience a new country, you must do a road trip. So, during my recent trip to Nepal, I wasn’t going to miss the chance to hit the road.
Oblivious to the traffic and against the best advice of my friend Sachin, I decided to find somebody to drive me from Kathmandu to Chitwan (some 150 km). In my mind, this distance wasn’t supposed to keep us on the road for more than maximum 4 hours. I was proven wrong. The horrible traffic and road conditions stretched the time needed to more than 6 hours.
As I managed to get over the shock of getting out of Kathmandu, mainly cause by the desire of getting to my destination alive seeing all the trucks and busses speeding through the sharp turns and madly overtaking one another, I pointed my camera out the window at the side of the road in an attempt to capture something more.
This is a small selection of images taken from the car on the way to Chitwan.
Wearing different clothes and preaching different words doesn’t change the money-making, manipulative, evil and mischievous institution that every organized religion is!
A holy men day!
– Another day at work dude
– Yes dude, I think we need a holiday !
– Hey dude, I think my makeup is running !
– Told you not to buy the cheap stuff, but don’t worry , you still look like a holy man to me.
– I love you dude!
– Hello crazy tourists ! Look at us, we look funny and wear lots of makeup
– Look at my beard , I can split it in two, one half going one side and the other half going the other side ! Don’t I look funny?!
– Hey tall lady behind me , photo cost money, 1000 rupee for new tourist and for experienced tourist , no photo cose he don’t pay !
– I am tired dude
– We work too hard dude. We need to ask for medical. The camera flash is killing me dude!
– How much did we make dude?
– Enough to go get me those holy man Timberland boots to go with my holy man Timerland jacket.
– Hey dude, I am going to buy me some golden socks to go with my golden clothes and new waterproof makeup.
– I’m off too, I had enough for today. We work too hard dude, we need a holiday.
– See you tomorrow dude. Don’t be late !
Bhaktapur, meaning the city of devotees, was founded by King Ananda Dev in 1197 AD.
The Durbar Square was the seat of the Malla Kings and the present structures were erected from the 12th to the 18th century AD.
A religious center, Bhaktapur was founded in 12th cent. by King Ananda Malla as Khwopa, the capital of the Newar Malla kingdom.
It was built in Shikhara style by Jaya Ranajit Malla in the 17th century AD. The temple is dedicated to the mother goddess Durga.
This temple of Bhairav- the ferocious form of Shiva- was first built by Jagat Jyoti Malla as a one storied temple and later king Bhupatindra Malla added two more stories to it in 1718 AD. The legend says that Vishwanath, a manifestation of Shiva, once visited Bhaktapur to observe Bisket Jatra and when the locals recognize him they beheaded him in order to retain him permanently in the temple.
The temple was founded by king Bhupatindra Malla in 1702 AD. Nyatapola in Newari means five-tiered temple symbolizing the five basic elements of Nature.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Siddhi Laxmi- a Tantric deity representing the most powerful female force. Legend goes that the temple was built by the king on the advice of the astrologers to please god Bhairav and maintain a harmonious balance between male and female principles.
The temple stands above five plinths and rises 30m above the top plinth. Pairs of statues of animals and men flank the stairway. It is believed that every pair of guardians is ten times more powerful than pair immediately below.