|A Nepalese child watches from windows built hundreds of years ago.|
|Cars are banned from the cobbled streets.|
|Religious building contribute to the artworks of the city.|
The ancient name for Bhaktapur is 'Khwopinggram'. The name Bhaktapur comes from Sandkrit Nepali and means "the town of devotees'. At times it is also referred to in the Kathmandu Valley as Khwopa, Bhadgaon or the 'Ancient Newari town'.
One of the most exciting annual events in Bhaktapur is the festival of Bisket Jatra. This festival lasts for several days and its end signifies the beginning of the Nepali New Year. As part of the festival villages hauling a symbolic chariot through the city. The chariot is huge and ponderous, swaying from side to side and creaking as it lumbers along the cobbled streets. It carries the images of the god Bhairab. At one point it stops and there is a fiercely contested tug-of-war over the chariot by villagers from the west side of town against villagers from the east side of town. It is considered that the god will bestow a blessing for the coming year on the side of town which is victorious in the tug-of-war.
After the chariot is dragged into the centre of the town there is a huge, 25 metre, phallic symbol erected. This is eventually pulled down, again in a tug-of-war, to symbolise the start of the New Year. The festival takes place from the 12-15th April each year.
|Some of the ancient building are in need of repair.|
|In Nepal ancient cultures and new have blended together.|
|Spectator sit on the steps of this temple.|
|The phallic symbol is pulled down to start the New Year|
|My grand-daughter, Eve was a hit with locals|
|The crowd dragging the chariot|
|Youths climb to the front of the chariot urging the crowd on.|
|Large ropes are used to drag the chariot, while other villagers push the wheels and the rear .|
|The chariot is slowly moved into the centre of the town.|