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Nepal: A Photography journey

  • 10 Jan 2017
Nepal: A Photography journey

Photographs are what best captures the lovely memories you have on your adventures- and when it comes to photographic journeys, Nepal is second to none. With Himalayas staring you 24X7 from the backdrops of already magnificent valleys like Kathmandu and Pokhara, a rich culture to show off and photogenic people who are more than willing to participate in your photography venture in Nepal, you are certain to have a good time with your camera.

Brace yourself for a field day on photography.

There are many opportunities for choosing a subject for photography in Nepal.

  1. The Himalayas
  2. The historic heritage
  3. The cultural heritage
  4. People
  5. Sky photography
  6. Dawn and dusk photography
  7. Wildlife
  8. The colourful market
  9. Panoramic Landscapes

Let’s look into them in detail.

The Himalayas

The one thing you cannot turn your back on when you visit Nepal is the Himalayas. They are basically everywhere and they are also magical and magnificent. This makes them the favourite subject for photography in Nepal.

One of the most suitable places for taking the photographs of the Himalayas is Poon Hill. They call this hill station “The Photographer’s Paradise”. Check out the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.

The Historic Heritage

Nepal is a country with a vast and rich history. There used to be a silent competition between the kings of different region to make exquisite palaces: one better than their nemesis. That good competition left us with all the beautiful palaces and courtyards we nowadays call the Durbar Squares.

The carvings on the windows and palace are unbelievable- realized by relentless experts craftsman workers working for hundreds of hours. The whole aura of the ancient Durbar Squares Nepalese took over from their ancestors as heritage is a constant subject for photography among the locals and the foreigners.

Unfortunately, some of these architectural wonders have been labelled by the destructive earthquake of April, 2015.

The Cultural Heritage

Nepal is also very rich in culture epitomized by the crazy Jatra celebrations of Newars. There is a local saying that states that “The Newars celebrate 366 days in 365 days”. In addition there are also other fantastic festivals like Holi- the festival of Colors, Tihar – the festival of Lights, Chhat- a festival where the sun is worshipped, Lhosars- new (Lho) year (sar) celebration celebrated specially by the people hailing from the Himalayas, Buddha Purnima- the birth celebration of Lord Buddha and many more.

All of these festivals will give you a lovely day with your camera.

People

 

When you meet someone who has been to remote Nepal, you will surely hear about the children with red chick who hang and dilly dally around the camera. That is how they behave. And the adults are not too dissimilar. They are always smiling- mainly because of your complexion. They will happily volunteer for your photographs.

“It’s more important to click the people than to click with the shutter”- Alfred Stieglitz

And don’t forget those playful Sadhus who can take your photographic venture a step further. You can find them in abundance in the Pashupatinath area.

Sky Photography

Sky photography is something Nepal is less famous for. But Nepal happens to be one of the most favourable places for sky photography. One of the important ingredients for successful sky photography is low lighting in the environment.

Nepal’s load shedding and developing country status perfectly sets the platform for favourable sky photography environment.

I read some time ago how two photographers finished two 8 GB card in within hours during their sky photography excursion in the Himalayas.

 I think this should give a clear indication on how good Nepal is good for sky photography.

Dawn and Dusk Photography

It is no secret that Nepal is a top destination for dawn and dusk photography. There are a lot of places where you can get a good shot of the sun on the horizon- Nagarkot in Bhaktapur District, Sarangkot in Pokhara, Chitwan National Park and Poon hill in Myagdi district to name a few.

Wildlife

Strangely enough, Nepal also happens to possess a rich wildlife biodiversity. Nepal is home to some of the endangered species in the world. Tigers, one horned rhino, red panda, Clouded Leopard, Giant Hornbill and Asiatic Rock Python are the ones at the brink of being pushed to extinction list.

If you are (un)lucky enough, you might as well be telling your grand children, “I had the privilege of seeing this animal in real life” showing the photograph you took.

The colourful market

Even on 21st century, the shopping styles of Nepalese remains largely the same as it was ages ago. And so is the Nepalese market. It has not changed much.

So, they are a good place to take a shot or two. With the aggressive advancement in market settings, these old style markets might no longer be here when you come back.

The vibrant, colourful and bustling market of Nepal has a million things going on at the same moment. Keep an extra eye on the back and pick what you want to shoot- you might miss the good stuff.

Panoramic Landscapes

Nepal is small country but it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to Geo-diversity. The altitude ranges from 200m above sea level to 8848 m. This whopping altitude range will surely have spectacular landscapes hidden within.

The Last Word

Nepal is a country with unfulfilled potential of photographic destination. There are so many things to choose from and get indulged. You just have to get to the right places before you fill your camera’s storage card.

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