Bhaktapur & Bisket Jatra

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.

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Man-made three-story pagoda style chariot of Bhairav is ready to be pulled
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The Nyatapole temple is fully covered by the crowd waiting for the event to start
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Cotton candies!! One of my favorite thing to have during festivals. Not anymore, though..love my teeth more.
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Traditional Newari musician band—all ready to begin
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The crowds heading towards the square to see the pulling of the chariot
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Waiting…
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The cops are ready as well to make sure no violence takes place
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Do you see the ropes getting pulled? The fun part of this chariot pulling is that there is a tug-of-war between the upper side and lower side of the city to take the chariot to their end first
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The upper side wins!! And it comes to where I am watching from. Got lucky!
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There it goes!!
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View from where I was standing

And here is the other side of the Bhaktapur

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Ducks ganged up together outside a temporary shelter
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Ladies talking with their next door neighbor
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Filling up water. Nepal has one of the largest resources of water but water problem still persists
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An old lady drying up coriander seeds
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Two old ladies chit-chatting, probably gossiping 🙂
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Locals sitting on the stairs of what once used to be a temple and a 55-windows palace on the left
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One last view of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Wooden beams are placed on the buildings to provide support. 

 

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