About this blog: 50 pictures from Nepal, her culture, vibrant spiritual spots, verdant nature and residents. This is an ode to Nepal beyond the granddad of every adventure seeker, the Mount Everest trekking trail through a photoblog!
From the Heart of Chitwan…
Pink hibiscus in bloom at the Tharu Village. Tharu community lives at the fringe villages of Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Nature bless them abundantly. The kitchen gardens at Tharu courtyards are enviable and assures organic goodness!
Read: The masks of Nepal!
Early morning boat ride on Rapti river. The boat is made of dugout wood! Rapti and Narayani are the two rivers, naturally bordering the core area of Chitwan forest.
Hyacinth bloom on Rapti River. Though a part of Terai, Hyacinth bloom is very distinct to Chitwan, not found in Manas National Park (another UNESCO site from Assam, India) or Kaziranga National Park (the pioneer national park for Rhino conservation).
Mother-daughter duo taking a dip in marshland at Chitwan National Park. The endangered species of one-horned Rhinoceros is counted close to 3000 only, thanks to rampant poaching! We spotted this pair as we were walking in the core of Chitwan Jungle!
She came to greet and pose as we were venturing into the jungle!
The story of a Hanuman Langur romance!
I don’t think they approve of our relation!
Okay, I posed! Happy now? Show yourself out!
Witnessed the sky glow in fire as we were walking in the buffer zone between core area and community forest at Chitwan!
Also read, the stunning Sunset sky of Masaimara, Kenya! A set of Photographs I am very proud to have captured!
Road tripping Nepal…
The small dot on the river bed is actually a child rafting on a truck tire! Yes, you read that right!
Yet another sunset in northern part of Nepal, the high Himalaya plays the stage.
A suspension bridge. These bridges play the role of a lifeline of the distant nameless mountain villages!
Romancing the Himalaya at Pokhara!
A spectacular sunset viewed from the Phewa lake, Pokhara!
A Hindu family performing rituals at Phewa lake!
The iconic boats on Phewa. Note their flower shaped placement. These boats are the way locals commute to the residential part of the area, where tourists don’t really venture.
The freshwater Phewa lake is the source of life for Pokhara city and the surrounding area.
Hiking the peace pagoda of Pokhara, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Pokhara city and Himalayn ranges!
A dramatic sunset over the Peace Pagoda in Pokhara!
Sunrise view on a rather cloudy day from the top of Sarangkot, Pokhara!
A microlight flight that flies over Phewa lake and shows you the profound Mount Everest and other prominent peaks of higher Himalaya!
Tansen Village, the spirit of a community…
A woman of Newari community sings a traditional music to welcome guest!
Walking in the narrow lanes of Tansen village while pine trees looms large over the valley!
The great Nepalese Thali which often reminded me of home! I find an eerie semblance with that of Assamese thali of India!
Thukpa: Nepal’s answer to Pho in Vietnam? This delightful broth is the embodiment of all the flavor and nutrition from the highest mountains of the world!
Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha…
The building cost is estimated at $1 million. Japanese governemnt took the initiative to build these Stupas around the globe to commemorate the death of thousands during the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Bhaktapur… the UNESCO heritage town from ancient Nepal…
A shop selling antique masks. these masks are probably the best souvenir to get back home from Nepal. However, they can negatively impact your luggage allowance!
A Nepalese Hindu man starts his day by performing rituals.
The UNESCO heritage site Bhaktapur is ancient in age and has preserved the timelessness with elan!
A traditional wood curved window of a Nepalese house. An old lady looks out.
The very famous golden gate from Bhaktapur Durbar square. Few of the temples here allow entry for Hindus only.
Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu…
The giant prayer wheel of the UNESCO heritage site Boudha Stupa, which has been rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 2015!
An exquisite door of a shop on the lane that encircles the Boudha Stupa!
The Stupa rises like that of Shwedagon Pagoda of Myanmar!
Sunsets always astound me!
Also read, the beautiful sunsets around the globe!
Vibrant Thamel Market, Kathmandu…
Handwoven fabrics procured from distant villages of Nepal. Some of them take a month to weave a piece of cloth.
Thamel is the picture perfect touristy town of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal! The vibe is different than the traditional Nepalese residential places. Thamel is Kathmandu’s window to the world, in a sense! This is where most of the post- mountain massage therapy centers are.
Pashupatinath temple, Kathmandu
A sadhu reads his books unaware of the world!
And you thought Pashupatinath only resides inside of the temple?
Kathmandu Durbar Square…
Kaalbhairb: You must visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square to see him! You will lose words for a while!
An elaborate door to the Debi temple of Kathmandu Darbar square which opens only during Dasain, Nepal’s major festival!
Love finds a way…
The durbar square of Kathmandu shall astound you with intricate woodwork that dates back to thousand years! Reason why all three are UNESCO sites!
Streets of Kathmandu…
A woman separates the stale dried red chilies from the good ones. A quality check before ingredients are sold.
If you ask, this is my most favorite picture from the entire series of Nepal. I do not know what makes it so close to my heart? Is it the picture of Shiva? Or the sleeping dos at one side. Or the woman sitting on the ground? I do not know. But this frame easily stole my heart!
“Click me on your DSLR!” He demanded. He posed for a while till he got the perfect shot and then vanished in the crowd pull of busy streets of Kathmandu!
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