A man (he was surprisingly old) climbs to the top of this wood and vine tower, sat atop a very large wooden-wheeled “chariot”, during a phase of it’s construction. It is later hauled by rope through the streets of Patan by gangs of men as part of the annual festival called Rato Machhendranath. It is held in honour of the God of Rain, venerated by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. I’ve seen this festival twice and it’s always amazes me. A huge crowd is always along to follow it’s often precarious procession through the streets.
Pulchowk, Kathmandu, Nepal – 11 May 2013