INTRODUCTION

I fell in love with Nepal when I first visited in 2007.  Now, 10 years later, I'm about to call it home for three months.  Quite a difference from my home in Surrey but what's not to love.  From the craziness of Kathmandu to the stunning mountains of the Himalaya and the warm and welcoming people.

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MONKS

There are lots of Buddhist temples in Nepal and at each one there are monks, easily recognisable in their robes and carrying a small bag over their shoulder containing all of their worldly possessions.

I took this photo at the Boudha Stupa in Boudhanath.

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PRAYER WHEELS

These metal or wooden wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit and to purify negativities.  Each wheel is decorated with a mantra, written in a clockwise direction and in each are rolls of prayers and scripture. The wheels must be spun in a clockwise direction.

 

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PRAYER FLAGS

These colourful flags are everywhere in the Himalayas and are believed to carry prayers via the wind to get them answered, White symbolises air, red is fire, green is water, yellow is earth, and blue is wind.

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MONUMENT

At the entrance to the Khumbu valley, with Mount Everest (Sagarmatha) in the background are these monuments built in memory of the many sherpas and climbers who have died attempting to summit the world's highest mountain.

 

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HOLY MAN

There are holy men at various temples who claim to have no possessions but seem very happy to ask for relatively large sums of money to have their photos taken. This one wanted 1,000 rupees (around £8) which means he has a fairly lucrative career.  He eventually settled for 150 rupees (around £1.20).

 

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FUNERAL PYRES

At Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu there are funeral pyres burning around the clock.  The bodies are undressed, wrapped in cloth and placed on piles of wood before being set alight.  After an hour of so the remains are pushed into the river.

 

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CHITWAN

In the south of country, near the Indian border, is Chitwan, a national park established in the 1973 and home to tigers, elephants, rhinos, bears, monkeys and crocodiles.

 

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MACHAPUCHARE

Machapuchare (from Nepali meaning 'fishtail') is a mountain in the Annapurna region.  It's revered by the locals as particularly sacred to the god Shiva and is therefore off limits to climbing.

 

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