Phayo, Franche-Compte, Elounda, Jum

Namaste Bhaktapur

In the soft, dusty light of evening the old city of Bhaktapur, with its pagoda roofs and its harmonious blend of wood, mud-brick and copper, looked extraordinarily beautiful. It was as though a faded medieval tapestry were tacked on to the pale tea-rose sky…. 
(Travels in Nepal, Charlie Pye-Smith).
In spite of its status as a much-visited Unesco World Heritage Site, daily life in Bhaktapur still unfolds against the same pastel backdrop
Bhaktapur colours

and the lack of electricity most evenings only accentuates the otherworldly atmosphere. At dusk, men gather in the patis, better versions of our mundane park benches,
Gathering place pati

and chant their bhajans encircled by a wreath of small candles. Soft candlelight illuminates the vegetable vendors’ offerings too- and the small crowds that gather at the mandirs and in the squares.

By daylight business hums
Pottery Square

or not….
Vintage resting place

and every stroll through town turns into a captivating encounter with long-lost times
Vintage venue

Shop streeside


Street repair Bhaktapur style

On particularly auspicious days, half a dozen marching bands accompany jubilant wedding parties through the narrow streets, while impatient motorcyclists thread- and honk- their way in and out of the festive crowds
Wedding band

and wandering strangers aim huge lenses at all and sundry, in their attempts to capture the unique magic of the town
Tourists with large cameras

Too bad that many of them will never discover Bhaktapur’s secret higher dimension: Its rooftop roosts-
Rooftop roost I

Rooftop roosts

Rooftop roosts3

Rooftop roosts4 and the grandiose views  that draw all gazes to their lofty heights

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