Nepal

Since primary school days, I had known Nepal as a neighbouring country. Years later, I came to know I could visit Nepal without a visa – even crossing the border almost unnoticed. And it wasn’t hard to make a decision to visit soon thereafter.

Before my first visit in 2017, Nepal had been through a massive earthquake in 2015, a decade-long civil war, and an era of political instability. One of the world’s most dangerous roads and airport, crime, mugging incidents, to avoid travelling alone – these were some of the things I had read before and during my first visit.

During that first, just a month-long visit, I had not known this land would call me back again and again. In the following years, Nepal became my true कर्मभुमि where I spent months at times, including the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. In recent years, I have attended a shaman festival at Gosaikunda lake, Indra Jatra in Kathmandu, rice planting festival more than once, and many weddings in Nepal.

For teaching me patience, helping me become confident, further extending my interest in photography, and rewarding me with great experiences, Nepal remains special. This album is an effort to showcase the beauty of the land where I feel at home.

Years: 2017 – Ongoing

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Sing Gompa village, also known as Chandanbari. Altitude – 3250 meters
September 2021, Kathmandu, Nepal: The Boudhanath Stupa
March 2020, Kathmandu: A ‘sadhu’ poses for a picture
July 2021, Pokhara, Nepal: A sadhu posing for a picture in a residential neighbourhood
A sadhu in yellow looks at the camera
A farmer ploughing through a rice field using bullocks.
Shy Laxmi tries to hold back her laughter as other women smile in the background.
September 2021, Kathmandu: Women dressed in saris on the occasion of Teej festival click a selfie at Pashupatinath temple
September 2021, Kathmandu: A woman praying at Pashupatinath temple on the occasion of teej
September 2021, Kathmandu: Women praying at Pashupatinath temple on the occasion of Teej festival
September 2021, Kathmandu: A woman receives ‘blessed’ rudraksha from a ‘sadhu’ at Pashupatinath temple
September 2021, Kathmandu: Women celebrating the Teej festival
September 2021, Kathmandu: Women celebrating the Teej festival
August 2021, Kathmandu, Nepal: A young girl receives a ‘tika’ on her forehead on the day of Shree Krishna Janmashtami
August 2021, Kathmandu, Nepal: A man selling Nepali flag in Durbar Square
Nepali women walking with umbrella in Pokhara
July 2021, Pokhara, Nepal: A barber shop.
March 2020, Bhaktapur, Nepal: Men sitting outside a temple in Durbar Square area
November 2020, Pokhara: A young girl posing for a picture in her festive clothes ahead of Tihar festival
A young Nepali girl wearing festive clothes poses for a picture
A young girl poses for a picture in Pokhara, Nepal
A girl at a wedding in Pokhara, Nepal asks to be photographed.
An elderly woman photographed listening to a radio in Pokhara
A young girl poses for a picture in Bardiya village, Nepal.
An Elderly Woman in Bardiya village, Nepal
A group of women singing religious songs outside a temple in Kathmandu Durbar Square.
A woman part of a group that’s singing religious songs outside a temple
A female dancer hired to perform at a wedding dances with a guest.
August 2019, Pokhara, Nepal: Women dancing at a wedding
A man sitting near a chariot during a religious ceremony at Kathmanudu Durbar Square
A man standing near a chariot during a religion ceremony at Kathmandu Durbar Square
A young boy sitting between wheels of a giant chariot at Kathmandu Durbar Square
A woman in Bardiya village, Nepal returning home with a water pot.
A man walking away with water buckets after washing them by riverside. Pokhara, Nepal
August 2021, Pokhara: A woman preparing pani puri by the Phewa lake
A man sitting outside his house, Bardiya village, Nepal.
A man wearing Dhaka topi photographed in Pokhara, Nepal
Ram Sundar – who owns a shop called B.B.C. World in Kathmandu – poses for a picture.
March 2020, Bhaktapur, Nepal: Elderly women sitting outside an old building
An elderly woman in traditional getup
A woman in with traditional moon and star accessories.
Portrait of an Indian Sikh man in Nepal
A young Nepali girl poses for a picture at a wedding.
September 2021, Kathmandu: A ‘sadhu’ taking a nap at Padhupatinath temple complex
Three siblings photographed at a wedding in Nepal.