Nepal Photo Gallery
Nepal Photo Gallery
Travel Photography is a photographic genre that gathers Landscape Photography, Cityscapes, Portraits and Street Photography. Speaking about the best places in the World for Travel Photography, you will surely put Nepal on the top five of your list. It has indeed everything that makes Travel Photography enthralling!
Nepal, the Travel Photographer’s Doors to Heaven
The first reason for visitors is surely the breathtaking Landscapes of this small country on the Himalayas. Counting 8 out of the Earth’s 14 peaks rising above 8’000 m, its mountain ranges are totally majestic and spectacular, whether you walk them, climb them or simply contemplate them.
There, you feel the absolute magnificence of Nature, the power of Elements as well as the vulnerability of the human condition. There, you are in Nature’s hands: under the sun or the snow, the serenity or the storm. Indeed, it is quite an experience to spend some time in the Himalayas mountains. And for the photographer, a perfect playground for Landscape Photography.
Then, comes all the rest…
So, on the North, you have the highest peaks in the World, keeping your admiration and inspiration always at their top! By experience, the proximity to these gigantics makes you constantly breathless and surely more humble…
Then, on the lowlands of the South – the Terai- you discover a wide Savannah and an exciting animal fauna. The place for Wildlife Photography.
And the Water! Its presence is everywhere in the country: glaciers, sources, rivers, you are constantly surrounded by water, like a peaceful flow calming your mind. Actually, Nepal holds the biggest hydraulic power in the whole world, though mainly owned and used by India followed by China.
Nature there is out of limits and out of imagination. To be seen, touched, felt, and experienced at least once in a lifetime…
Culture and Spiritual Life
Nepal has a fascinating culture, mix of the Indian and the Tibetan one. You see it in the food, the clothes, the music, the Arts and the Faith. A real anima.
Indeed, Nepal is strongly characterised by an omnipresent Spiritual Life that totally gives the tempo to the Day, to the Hindu population as well as to the Buddhist one. Actually, the two cultures and “religions” coexist quite well alongside and it is even common to see people including elements of both Believes in their prayers and devotional routine. Get out early at dawn and you will find Kathmandu’s streets already in activity, busy around the temples. Flowers and incenses sellers provide the tools to honour the Gods and obtain their favours, as people believe there. The morning processions of devotees, peaceful though frenetic, are paced by the never-ending sounds of bells and mantras spread in the air. All this lively fervour and unconditional faith in people’s lives is quite intriguing and surely get the travellers to reflect on their own beliefs and Heart’s aspirations.
Cityscapes & Street Photography
Full of beautiful Hindu and Buddhist temples, where people gather all along the day to chat, sell goods or relax, the streets have always some really interesting and exotic backgrounds. And like the rest of Asia mainly, you can observe the daily life happening there, openly in the streets. From the peanut seller to the knives sharpener, from the bird seeds seller to the butcher…you see mostly everything taking place in the streets, getting you an easy but fascinating Street Photography, full of opportunities.
The Valley of Kathmandu is an absolute must for a general Nepal Travel Photography. For the good reason that, in a rather small area, it sums up all the best that one would like to see in a collection of Nepal photos: views on the surrounding mountains, impressive temples, distinctive red-brick & wood Newari style architecture, lively and bustling life activity and open people.
In Nepal you honestly meet some of the most beautiful people on the planet. Curious, benevolent, tolerant, compassionate and helpful. Appart from isolated sneaky sellers and guides -perverted by poverty and ignorance- it is very unlikely you get disappointed by the Nepali. Actually, It is a poor country from the economical side but a very rich one from the Human side. Take your time to get in the local tea stalls and restaurants and you will get filled with incredible stories, samples of simple lives, natural brotherhood and universal humanity. This way, you will very surely get beautiful Portraits as well as captivating memories. Folkloric as well as real and authentic Nepal photos.
For all these reasons combined, Nepal offers the ideal context and frame for a stunning and timeless Travel Photography.
[ Nepal Photos by Lorenz Berna, Text by Florence Lepavec ]
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