Nepal, although a small country, has countless different types of landscapes, culture and wildlife. Photography in Nepal is only limited by your imagination. From the mighty Himalayas up North to the lush jungles in the South, Nepal has every conceivable geographical feature apart from the seas. Here are a few places that are noteworthy for those looking to do some photography in Nepal:
Kathmandu is the only city in Nepal with an international airport which means you will land here, like it or not. While Kathmandu itself has plenty of places that are great, Bhaktapur is an absolute gem for photography in Nepal. Less than 20 kilometers from Kathmandu, Bhaktapur has it all for a great photography experience. There are old palaces and buildings, courtyards and bathing structures which are absolutely stunning- the woodwork on the old buildings are considered some of the best in the country. A truly Nepali cultural heritage still strives in Bhaktapur and you will find many people here that still wear the traditional Nepali garb. The old way of living still continues to this day amidst modernization that has slowly crept in. This is also a place of many festivals and they’re great for taking snapshots of- with thousands of people attending many of these.
Close to Bhaktapur, atop a hill, lies Nagarkot, and it’s a great place to see the mountains. You can see various mountain ranges from Nagarkot- including the Everest on a clear day. There are plenty of hotels in Nagarkot and sunrises are especially beautiful here. Once in a while, the sky clears up for a magnificent sunset but morning time is still the best for the mountains. The wet season is not recommended for Nagarkot but any other time, you stand a good chance of getting a mountain panorama – classic photography experience in Nepal.
There are many spectacular places around the tallest mountain in the world. And the beauty isn’t just scenic. A thriving Tibetan culture is another highlight of this area. Kongde is a great place off the beaten path where you can take amazing pictures of some of the tallest mountains in the world. Namche Bazaar and Tengboche are other great places to take pictures from. Helicopter rides to the Everest Base Camp are available. Otherwise, a flight to Lukla and then a few days’ trek will do the trick. If you’re short on time, the view from the Everest View Hotel is mesmerizing and it’s only a two day trek from Lukla.
Janakpur houses the only train station in the country, and the train itself is very interesting for photograph enthusiasts. There are people riding on the roof of the train for lack of space inside. The neighboring villages are very poor but the people are amazing. It’s a great place to see rural Southern Nepal. Expect to see people and domesticated animals as well as occasional wildlife.
The circuit is another great place to see the Himalayas up close from. Meet people from all over the world as they embark on a high altitude journey that takes you through the highest mountain pass in the world- the Thorung pass. Visually stunning and full of interesting side trips to beautiful Himalayan locations. If you’re short on time, take the jeep as far as Manang, a beautiful mountain village. Allow a couple of days for acclimatization and explore some great areas in the region. There’s the Ice Lake, peaks around the valley that allow for stunning views of the mountains, caves and other interesting locations close by. Stay here a couple of days and then head up the circuit. The journey is a little arduous but completely worth it.
The birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini attracts thousands of tourists every year. A large area has been set aside for temples built by different countries in this holy place. The highlight is the Mayadevi temple- which houses artifacts and the remains of old temples dating back to as far as the 3rd century AD. There is a tree by the temple where you usually see somebody meditating or praying. Big groups of people come here to hear holy men talk. The other temples are great to look at and take pictures of.
The oldest national park in the country, Chitwan is considered a wildlife photographer’s dream, along with the Bardiya National Park. Elephant or jeep safaris are a great way to wander the lush jungles of Chitwan. Rhinos, peacocks, wild boars, leopards, elephants, and even the occasional tiger can be seen here. The best way to cover a lot of ground within a short time is the jeep safari. Get on a jeep and get into the heart of the jungle in no time, maximizing your chances of seeing some exotic wildlife. Canoe riding is a great way to click snaps of crocodiles and birds. With countless species of birds in the area, you will certainly get chances to take pictures of some very unusual looking birds- some very vibrant and colorful.
The valley is divided into three cities- Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan, all of which have a rich history and their share of historical landmarks. There are palace squares, for example, in all three cities and many different kinds of temples- both Hindu and Buddhist. Places of note and fame are- the Pashupatinath temple, the Bouddhanath stupa, Swayambhunath, and the three Durbar Squares. There are many hidden gems inside the valley apart from these places though and a good guide can come in handy to help you find these places.
Other notable places include the Manaslu area, the Kanchenjunga area, Jumla, Humla and Mugu, Rara Lake, Tilicho Lake, Gorkha, Tansen, to name a few.
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Nepal, although a small country, has countless different types of landscapes, culture and wildlife. Photography in Nepal is only limited by your imagination. From the mighty Himalayas up North to the lush jungles in the South, Nepal has every conceivable geographical feature apart from the seas. Here are a few places that are noteworthy for those looking to do some photography in Nepal: Bhaktapur Kathmandu is the only city in Nepal with an international airport which means you will land