It’s been quite a while since I have done any nature photography. This weekend called up a few friends to join me for an early morning photography trip to a hill in the west of Kathmandu known as Dahachok.
This hill area is famous for Kalu Pande samadhi. Kalu Pande is a great warrior of the Gorkha arm who fought for the Gorkha royals who were fighting with the neighboring state for expansion which led to the current borders of the Nepal kingdom.
It has been 20 years since I first witness the South Asian Games in Kathmandu. I Still have good memory of that event. I had made a 15 feet long Nepal’s Flag which I carried in every football match Nepal played. I wish I still had that flag but during the Royal Massacre my mom gave that flag to the crowd during the riots that held in Kathmandu.
Our trek towards Gokyo started from Namche at 8 in the morning. We packed few of our unwanted cloths in a bag and left it at hotel. Looking at Mr. Ajay condition yesterday, we were not sure if he can manage to walk for hours. Still we planned to stay at Dole today which is situated at 4230 meters.
Walking trails from Namche till Kyangjuma was wide enough to walk and nicely paved, thorough the trail we could see the beauty Mount Ama Dablam. It took almost 2 hours to reach Kyangjuma where we had tea and took short break. When returning back I made up my mind that I will stay here to do my night photography.
Kotdanda is a hilltop south of Kathmandu valley. Famous Bisankhunaryan temple resides in this hill. I had been to this place 10 years back.
After visiting this place today, I felt lots of changes there. The first thing I observed is, there is a good road access to reach the place, the old houses were damaged by the earthquake in 2015, so lots of new concrete houses are constructed. Before, I didn’t see any tourism promoting activities, but the night now they have an homestay system so that people can visit the place and spend some time.
Pokhara is the number one tourist destination in Nepal. It has many amazing mesmerizing places to enjoy. Surroundings of Pokhara is also equally beautiful. It has many villages around which gives you close view to Mountains.
Pokhara is also a gateway for Annapurna round circuit trekking and Annapurna base camp trekking. They have added a new destination now, Mardi Himal base camp trekking.
Materials used for renovation of a temple near durbar square main entrance
Bhaktapur city is like a museum city for me. It’s a living heritage for me.
One of the things that impressed me the most about this trip was a huge pet store that was very nice and had all kinds of animals but this store in particular was very famous for having the best snake terrarium it was very big and very beautiful even I was tempted to buy one and bring some pets, but we know that was not possible. However, the store was what I liked the most about this trip.
Bhaktapur durbar square is listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Many monuments were damage by the earthquake of 2015. After 2 years some renovation process is going on, hope the city will get it’s old look soon. I am sharing some of the picture capture during this visit.
At least one Saturday in a month me and my friends plan for a photography trip. Sometime it’s some monument inside the Kathmandu valley or some villages near by. Last month we went to Nallu in Lalitpur and a newly established Pathibhara temple there.
In that trip, I could not capture the things that I wanted to, so felt lazy to write a blog on it. But now I felt guilty that at least I should have written a brief travel story on that trip.
This Saturday on 8th April, we had a photo shoot plan of our friends, but due to technical problem we had to cancel it. Since we were already out from home with our cameras, we planed to go to Markhu via Pharping. I had already been to Markhu and Kulekhani dam before, so I had already created some imaginary angle to capture the Indra Sarowar lake.
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