off road express - rear of nepali local bus (nepal)

Back of Nepali local bus (Nepal)

The painted sign "Off Road Express" is funny given the number of accidents where those type of buses (often overloaded) leave the road and overturn or fall in ravines, due to speeding on the mountain roads.­

bus ladder public transportation road sign

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.­