Bhaktapur, one of the three main cities of Kathmandu valley, lies at the western side of the valley. Roaming around the little alleys in this ancient city has always been like traveling back in time. The city has preserved its ancient architecture, culture and tradition.
But, the residential side of this beautiful city was the most affected by last year’s earthquake among the three cities (Kathmandu and Lalitpur, the other two). You could still see what the earthquake has done here last year. But, what I noticed during this visit was how peaceful these people still look. Even though they have gone through so much, their beautiful smile showed a silver lining—an encouragement for all of us to keep working on building back Nepal better.
Bisket Jatra is one of the biggest and oldest festivals of this city. It has been happening for more than 700 years since the Lichhavi dynasty!! The festival runs for 8 nights 9 days starting few days prior to Nepali New Year and ending few days after the New Year. I got to see the event of the first day. Here are some pictures of the festival and Bhaktapur.
And here is the other side of the Bhaktapur