makara fountain - naga pokhari water tank - bhaktapur (nepal)

Water fountain of the Naga Pokhari royal water tank in Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Nepal)

Water used to come out of this brass goat heat that protrudes from the mouth of a Makara (a sort of Hindu dragon).­

For more info about Makara, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Makara_­(Hindu_­mythology).­

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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.­