giant wooden wheel of the bhairab chariot used during the bisket jatra festival - bhaktapur (nepal)

The huge wooden wheels of the Bhairab Chariot in Bhaktapur (Nepal)

Those wheels are parts of a giant wooden chariot built for Bisket Jatra festival each year during the Nepali new Year.­

bhaktapur men standing tachupal tole wooden wheels
Jagannath Road, Bhaktapur 44800, Nepal

Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.­

This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.­

Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.­

Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.­