royal palace gate guarded by nepali soldier - bhaktapur durbar square (nepal)

Gate of the Royal Palace, guarded by Nepali soldier on Bhaktapur Durbar Square (Nepal)

The Royal Palace is off-limit to non-Hindu people.­ The gate is decorated with very old and priceless intricate wood carvings.­ See close-up photo of the carvings.

Bhaktapur is one of the Royal Cities of Nepal, located about 10 Km East of Kathmandu.­ For more info about Bhaktapur, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Bhaktapur.

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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.­