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Nepal via Instagram

 

Travel in Nepal is an awakening of the senses. You can’t smell the incense or freshly-ground spices wafting out of shops or battle through the dusty streets of Thamel without being here yourself. Nor can you battle the noisy barrage of weaving motorbikes through the narrow lanes. You can’t taste the typical flavors of dhal bat or buff momos without traveling here. But you can get an idea of what it looks like through my photos.

 

The Instagram photos taken on my mobile phone provide a little glimpse into local life and the experiences of a traveler in Nepal. I’ll give you a taste of the epic views, the local food, the medieval temples, and the friendly faces I met during my two trips to Nepal over the past four years.

 

Although many of my images and memories involve the Himalaya, Nepal is so much more than mountains: it’s spotting rhinos on safari in Chitawan National Park, it’s eating a home-cooked meal in a village, it’s staying overnight in a teahouse high in the hills, it’s trying to imagine the centuries of toil building the seemingly endless agricultural terraces. Nepal is numerous ethnic groups with dozens of languages, and a vast array of traditional dress. Nepal is sacred Hindu temples complete with riverside cremation ceremonies and spinning prayer wheels under huge Buddhist pagodas. It’s colorful prayer flags fluttering under a crisp blue sky. It’s children in uniform walking mountain paths to school each morning.

 

This is the Nepal I experienced. This is the Nepal waiting to be explored by you.

 

Instagram photos of Nepal

 

With so many Tibetans in exile in Nepal, aspects of Tibetan culture have seeped into Nepalese society. The place we’re staying is even called, Potala Guest House. Both exterior and interior design are modeled off pangdens, the colorful woolen aprons that Tibetan women wear as part of their traditional dress after marriage. — #UnquoteTravel #NaturallyNepal . #Nepalphotoproject #discoverNepal #NepalNow #Nepal8thwonder #myGHT #JAI_Nepal #HTM2017 #HimalayanTravelMart2017 #travelphotography #responsibletourism #worldcaptures #passionpassport #WorldPlaces #instatravel #beautifuldestinations #travelgram #travel #traveltogether #traveldeeper #BBCTravel #LoveTheWorld #Natgeotravelpic #LonelyPlanet #TBSCommunity #Travelstoke

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“I would like to thank the Mt. Everest for being there.” ~5 times summiter of Mt. Everest, Kaji Sherpa Today Nepal and the world celebrate May 29 as the International Mt. Everest Day, marking the first successful ascent of the world’s highest peak by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. And we recognize those who lost their lives trying to reach the summit. — #UnquoteTravel #NaturallyNepal . #Nepalphotoproject #discoverNepal #NepalNow #Nepal8thwonder #myGHT #JAI_Nepal #HTM2017 #HimalayanTravelMart2017 #travelphotography #responsibletourism #worldcaptures #passionpassport #WorldPlaces #instatravel #beautifuldestinations #travelgram #travel #traveltogether #traveldeeper #BBCTravel #LoveTheWorld #Natgeotravelpic #LonelyPlanet #TBSCommunity #Travelstoke

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Nak (female yak) in the Langtang Valley of Nepal.

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#nofilter #Nepal view from the summit of Tserko Ri. #latergram #mountains

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Flowers along the trail.

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Mother and boy at tea house along trek.

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View above the lake at Gosainkunda.

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Drying corn in a Nepal village.

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Stupa in Kathmandu.

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First view of the Annapurna Range from a country lane.

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Boats on the lake in Pokhara.

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Tonight’s sunset in Pokhara. This lake is a source of endless beauty.

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Made a little stop in Bhaktapur today and met this guy.

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Corn drying along the streetside.

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Momos (dumplings) for lunch!

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Elephant in Durbar Square, Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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Broom

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View of Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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Chilies drying in the sun.

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Nepali men in hats.

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Beatiful horses graizing in high elevation.

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Evening fog desends on the village of Gatlang.

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Drying corn for the winter in the mountains of Nepal.

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#latergram from the high point if our trek at 4640 meters.

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Namaste!

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

2 Comments

  1. Jasmine says:

    This is so inspiring, this is my dream in a nutshell. I’ll definitely checkout your Instagram as well.

  2. Stephen Bugno says:

    Thanks, Jasmine. Enjoy.

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