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Nepal

Similar to Bhutan: ( http://www.pbase.com/ageojo/bhutan , Nepal is a land-locked country in South Asia. Situated along the greatest heights of the Himalayas, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. At a height of greater than 8,800 metres, the highest peak of the Himalayas, Mount Everest is located in Nepal.

Nepal is a land of colorful cultures, ancient history and people. It is such an amazingly diverse country and judging by the number of tourists there, it truly offers something for everyone. Spending only five days in Nepal, we were just scratching the surface, it seems.

Approximately 65% of Nepalis are hinduist and approximately 30% are buddhist. Although hinduism is the main religion many Nepalis do not distinguish between Hinduism and Buddhism and follow both religious traditions. The heritage sites from both religions are impressive and abundant in Kathmandu Valley as can be seen at three royal cities, Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu itself. The three former royal governments "copied" each other architectural designs and therefore the similaraties are quite striking. Each features its own Durbar (Royal) square, the center of the town.

Nagarkot is located within a fairly driving distance from Bhaktapur and the series of hotels is there for one reason and one reason only: the classic panorama of the Himalayas. We were hoping for a spectacular sunrise and view of the Himalayas but we found out quickly that the weather didn't cooperate; it was foggy in the morning and it drizzled.

Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there in 249 B.C. The site has been developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where archaeological remains, documenting the birth site, form the central feature. The temple that houses the nativity scene as depicted on a bas relief sculpture is the place of worship of both Buddhists and Hindus. Too bad, no photography was allowed inside. Several countries erected temples/monasteries surrounding the complex of the birthplace. It was raining steadily when we were there and the rain water flooded the access way to a few and reportedly beautiful temples. Oh, well.

The Pashupatinath temple at the Bagmati river in Kathmandu is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal and one of the most important Shiva temples on the Indian subcontinent. It is a "must-see" site in Nepal. Here, dead bodies are being cremated 24/7. The ashes are subsequently strewn into the Bagmati river by the relatives.

Photography tidbits:
As in other galleries, I stress more artistic quality over a complete documentation of the trip. Although I took two camera systems, an autofocus SLR and a manual focus rangefinder digital systems, the later was used only minimally, regardless of the high quality files it generates. Autofocus has proven to be more useful for my travel needs.

Please feel free to post your feedback, comments on the images or on the gallery as you see fit. Thank you for visiting and enjoy the images!

Relaxing at a Temple
Relaxing at a Temple
Nyatapola Temple
Nyatapola Temple
Close-up of Nyatapola Temple
Close-up of Nyatapola Temple
Durbar Square in Bhaktapur
Durbar Square in Bhaktapur
Lion Statue at Durbar Square
Lion Statue at Durbar Square
Rows of Statues
Rows of Statues
Decoration Above Palace Entrance in Bhaktapur
Decoration Above Palace Entrance in Bhaktapur
Source of Life - Water Well
Source of Life - Water Well
Lunch!
Lunch!
Ornate Entrance to a Temple
Ornate Entrance to a Temple
Flag Showing Buddhism
Flag Showing Buddhism
An Eldery Woman Knitting
An Eldery Woman Knitting
Two Boys Completely Absorbed in Their Own Game
Two Boys Completely Absorbed in Their Own Game
A Juvenile Snack Vendor
A Juvenile Snack Vendor
Making Offering
Making Offering
Burning Offering
Burning Offering
Devoted Worshipper
Devoted Worshipper
Mehndi - the Application of Henna Paste on Hand and/or Palm
Mehndi - the Application of Henna Paste on Hand and/or Palm
Asking For Donation
Asking For Donation
Asking For Donation
Asking For Donation
Framed by the Window
Framed by the Window
A Cute Little Boy
A Cute Little Boy
Evening in Nagarkot
Evening in Nagarkot
A Lovely Evening
A Lovely Evening
An Insect Attracted by the Flower
An Insect Attracted by the Flower
Dew on Spiderweb
Dew on Spiderweb
A School Girl Waiting for School Bus
A School Girl Waiting for School Bus
Pile'm Up!
Pile'm Up!
School Bus
School Bus
Ouch!
Ouch!
More Trick!
More Trick!
Burning of Dead Body
Burning of Dead Body
Along Bagmati River
Along Bagmati River
Burning of Dead Body
Burning of Dead Body
Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple
Pilgrim Covered with White Matter
Pilgrim Covered with White Matter
More Pilgrims
More Pilgrims
Shiva Temple
Shiva Temple
Cows Butting Head
Cows Butting Head
Another Way of Carrying Goods
Another Way of Carrying Goods
An Ideal Scenery in Nepal
An Ideal Scenery in Nepal
Asking for Donation from Store Operators
Asking for Donation from Store Operators
Antique Wooden Boxes
"Antique" Wooden Boxes
An Elderly Pilgrim
An Elderly Pilgrim
A Mother Showing Her Daughter the Ropes
A Mother Showing Her Daughter the Ropes
Turn, Pray Wheels, Turn!
Turn, Pray Wheels, Turn!
Bhoudhanath Temple
Bhoudhanath Temple
Our Flight Attendant of Agni Air to Lumbini
Our Flight Attendant of Agni Air to Lumbini
Our Bus in Lumbini
Our Bus in Lumbini
Bodhi Tree in Lumbini
Bodhi Tree in Lumbini
Inside the Temple Constructed by China
Inside the Temple Constructed by China
On Riksha to Outlying Monasteries/Temples
On Riksha to Outlying Monasteries/Temples
Namaste!
Namaste!
Temple Constructed by Burma
Temple Constructed by Burma
A Revealing T-Shirt!
A Revealing T-Shirt!
Smile, Please!
Smile, Please!
Interesting!
Interesting!
A Well-Fed Baby
A Well-Fed Baby
The Proud Parents
The Proud Parents
Shrine at Shangrila Hotel
Shrine at Shangrila Hotel
Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple
Swayambhunath or Monkey Temple
Close Up of Swayambhunath Temple
Close Up of Swayambhunath Temple
Bell at Swayambhunath Temple
Bell at Swayambhunath Temple
Details of Swayambhunath Temple
Details of Swayambhunath Temple
Swayambhunath Temple
Swayambhunath Temple
Brass Lion Statue at Swayambhunath Temple
Brass Lion Statue at Swayambhunath Temple
A Worshipper at Swayambhunath Temple
A Worshipper at Swayambhunath Temple
One of the Many Praying Wheels
One of the Many Praying Wheels
Monkeys at Swayambhunath Temples
Monkeys at Swayambhunath Temples
Heavy Load!
Heavy Load!
An Elderly Knick Knack Seller
An Elderly Knick Knack Seller
Facade of One of the Palaces at Durbar Square
Facade of One of the Palaces at Durbar Square
Riksha Driver and His Buddy
Riksha Driver and His Buddy
Inside a Temple
Inside a Temple
The Balcony of Kumari Ghar, the Palace of the Living Goddess
The Balcony of Kumari Ghar, the Palace of the Living Goddess
An Ornate Balcony of a Palace at Durbar Square
An Ornate Balcony of a Palace at Durbar Square
Bell Tower at Patan or Lalitpur
Bell Tower at Patan or Lalitpur
Statue and Temple at Durbar Square
Statue and Temple at Durbar Square
Beautiful Decoration at a Palace
Beautiful Decoration at a Palace
Three Water Spouts
Three Water Spouts
Water - Source of Life
Water - Source of Life
Durbar Square in Lalitpur
Durbar Square in Lalitpur
Durbar Square in Lalitpur
Durbar Square in Lalitpur
Statue at Durbar Square
Statue at Durbar Square
Temple at Durbar Square
Temple at Durbar Square
Posing for the Camera!
Posing for the Camera!
An Elderly Couple
An Elderly Couple
Typical Way of Carrying Load in Nepal
Typical Way of Carrying Load in Nepal
A Priest at Rato Machhendranath Temple
A Priest at Rato Machhendranath Temple
Rato Machhendranath Temple
Rato Machhendranath Temple
A Cute Girl That Likes to Pose
A Cute Girl That Likes to Pose
Various Types of Singing Bowl
Various Types of Singing Bowl
Bharat Nepali Proudly Displays His Sarangi
Bharat Nepali Proudly Displays His Sarangi
Bharat Nepali and His Ensemble
Bharat Nepali and His Ensemble
A Nepalese Dance
A Nepalese Dance
Cockpit of Buddha Air's Pratt & Whitney
Cockpit of Buddha Air's Pratt & Whitney
Mt. Everest in the Morning
Mt. Everest in the Morning