Nepal

Khokana  Proud father in Khokana village - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 25, 2008 Khokana  Definitely my most pleasant experience during my visit was meeting the friendly Nepali people - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 25, 2008 Bhaktapur  Local children - Bhaktapur - Nepal - April 26, 2008 Khokana  Chatting - Khokana - April 2008
Khokana  Streetscene - Khokana - April 2008 Bhaktapur  Local ladies - Bhaktapur Himalaya  I came to Nepal to come close with the majestic Himalayas but unfortunately the foggy hills and valleys blocked my expectations - Himalaya - April 2008 Swayambunath  The Buddhist site of Swayambunath is over 2500 years old - Kathmandu Valley- Nepal - April 20, 2008
Khokana  Traditional way of life exists still these days in the villages of Khokana and Bungmati - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 25, 2008 Dattatraya  In the periphery of Dattatraya Square you can see monasteries, Peacock Window, Bhimsen Temple and a platform - Bhaktapur - Nepal - April 25, 2008 Pashupatinath  The Bagmati River is lined with dharmsalas and cremation ghats - Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 26, 2008 Kathmandu  Four Holy men - Kathmandu - Nepal - April 25, 2008
Nepal  Daily life - Nepal - April 2008 Nepal  Nepali men at Swayambunath - April 2008 Kathmandu  Watching the world goes by - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 22, 2008 Bhaktapur  young businesslady - April 2008
Bhaktapur  Cool dude - Bhaktapur - April 2008 Dakshinkali  Dakshinkali is renowned for its twice weekly animal sacrifices on Tuesdays and Saturdays. People got dressed up at their best - Dakshinkali - Nepal - April 25, 2008 Pokharra  I spent a few days in the mountainous region of Pokhara - April 2008 Kathmandu  Plenty of activity takes place in and around Durbar Square. On ordinary days the plinths are thronged with traders hawking their wares - Kathmandu - Nepal - April 25, 2008
Khokana  Gorgeous photomodel in Khkana Village - April 2008 Pashupatinath  Sometimes Shiva is seen as an unkempt holy man, and many of his sadhu followers covered with sackcloth, dust and ashes swarm to Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 20, 2008 Durbar Square  Not so young girl in the streets around Durbar Square Bungmati  Mother and son - Bungmati Village - April 2008
Dakshinkali  Holy saddhu near the sinister sacrifice shrine of Dakshinkali - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 25, 2008 Pashupatinath  I could not resist bying something from this beautifully dressed young girl - Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 20, 2008 Bhaktapur  Its really hot these period of the year in Nepal - April 2008 Kathmandu  One of the many Holy Saddhus that frequent the streets of Kathmandu - April 2008
Durbar Square  Young lady at Durbar Square - April 2008 Patan  Just days ago before my arrival, the former kingdom was announced as The Republic of Nepal.- April 2008 Patan Dakshinkali  Holy saddhu near the sinister sacrifice shrine of Dakshinkali - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 25, 2008
Kathmandu  Local at Thimi village - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 22, 2008 Bungmati  Little has changed the past few centuries in the streets of Bungmati - Nepal - April 26, 2008 Bhaktapur  Lovely kids in Bhaktapur - April 2008 Patan  Chatting men in Patan - April 2008
Bungmati  Nepali women always dressed very colorul - Bungmati - April 2008 Bodnath  The huge white dome of Bodhnath is surrounded by penetrating red, yellow and blue painted all-seeing eyes - Kathmandu Valley - Nepal - April 26, 2008 Bodnath  Portrait of a religous figure - Bodnath - April 2008 Bodnath  At the sacred place in Bodnath - April 2008
Bungmati  Local men at Bungmati Village - Nepal - April 22, 2008 Pashupatinath  This sadhu walked for many days barefoot through the Himalayan snowcapped mountains. He told me that he did'nt felt any pain while walking but nowadays he does - Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 20, 2008 Pashupatinath  He could put his legs in his neck and take over more then 80 other positions - he did'nt showed me. Another feature of this Holy man was that he could lift a twenty+ kilo rock with his penis - Pashupatinath - April 20, 2008 Pashupatinath  Shiva devotees gather from all over the subcontinent to celebrate Shivaratri - Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 20, 2008
Pashupatinath  This spiritual land encompassing a unique melting pot of human cultures - Pashupatinath - April 20, 2008 Pashupatinath  Spiritual dude near Pashupatinath - April 2008 Pashupatinath  Not sure how long his hair was but defintely long - Pashupatinath - April 2008 Pashupatinath  Good looking young vendor - Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 21, 2008
Khokana Village  Going to school - Khokana Village - April 2008 Patan  Local men at Patan's Durbar Square - Patan - Nepal - April 22, 2008 Bhaktapur  Welcome to Bhaktapur ! - April 2008 Khokana  Young girls in Khokana village - April 2008
Khokana  Young grils - Khokana - April 2008 Himalaya  I was offered a scenic Mountain Flight to experience the breathtaking views - Himalaya - April 2008 Bungmati  The twin villages of Bungmati and Khokana date from the 16th century - Bungmati - Nepal - April 26, 2008 Bhaktapur  Bhaktapur, literally the City of Devotees, is renowned for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colourful festivals, tradtional dances and typical Newar lifestyle - Bhaktapur - Nepal - April 21, 2008
Pashupatinath  Another person will soon be cremated on the ghats of the Bagmati River at Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 26, 2008 Patan  Local fella watching the world goes by - Patan - April 2008 Pashupatinath  The motley crew celebrate Shivaratri - Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 20, 2008 Farmer  Local farmer in Bungmati Village - April 2008
Durbar Square  Two sadhus at Durbar Square - Kathmandu - Nepal - April 25, 2008 Bodhnath  Young Monks at Bodhnath - April 2008 Pashupatinath  Two dudes convincing me to become a Saddhu - Pashupatinath - Nepal - April 20, 2008 Bhaktapur  Bhaktapur, literally the City of Devotees, is renowned for its elegant art - April 2008
Bhaktapur  Entering Durbar Square of Bhaktapur through the Royal gate, the sparseness oft he temples is immediately apparent, compared to the profusion in the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan - Bhaktapur - Nepal - April 23, 2008 Bhaktapur  Bhaktapur, Patan and Bouddhanath... all are UNESCO protected areas among the many other World Heritage sites the country has to offer - Bhaktapur - April 2008 Dakshinkali  Four kilometers south of Pharping on the valley rim is the temple of Dakshinkali dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali - April 2008 Dakshinkali  The shrine is especially crowded on Tuesdays and Saturdays when animal sacrifices are offered to the deity. The slaughter is literally bathing in blood - Dakshinkali - April 2008
Bouddhanath  Prayer wheel at Bouddhanath Stupa (UNESCO World Heritage Site): Situated 8 km to the east of downtown Kathmandu, Bouddhanath is one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu - April 2008 Swayambhunath  Locals near the Swayambhunath Stupa - April 2008 Bouddhanath  Bouddhanath is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley and is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. Patan  Like its counterpart in Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located in the heart of the city and was once the palace of the kings of Patan - April 2008
Patan  The predominant sound in Patan is that of the tinkering of craftsmen bent over the statuettes they are shaping - Patan - April 2008 Patan Durbar Square  Never knew what these ladies where demonstrating about - Patan - April 2008 Patan  The square is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples – a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings - Patan - April 2008 Kathmandu  Situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur, Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) never fails to impress first time visitors with its ensemble of palaces, courtyards and temples built during the Malla period - Kathmandu - April 2008
Patan  Patan, also known as ‘Lalitpur’, the city of artisans, lies 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, and is home to the valley’s finest craftsmen who have preserved such ancient techniques as the repoussé and lost wax process used to produce exquisite sculptures - April 2008 Thimi  Thimi  is a Newar town situated about 8 km east of Kathmandu on the way to Bhaktapur - April 2008 Thimi  Besides farming, most of the households here in Thimi are engaged in pottery - April 2008 Bungmati  Local couple at Bungmati Village - April 2008
Bhaktapur  Bhaktapur is still untouched by rapid urbanisation and has managed to retain its brickpaved roads, charming red brick houses and a way of life that goes back to medieval times - April 2008 Bhaktapur  Looking through the window....well kinda - Bhaktapur - April 2008 Durbar Square  The Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) includes the Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the historic seat of the royalty; the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial ; and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath - Durbar Square - April 2008 Pashupatinath  Pashupatinath temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is situated 5 km east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva is considered one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world often manned by these Holy men - April 2008