From where shall I start...ahh Nepal.....beautiful, wonderful experience in the country where everyone, greets you with NAMASTE! (strong accent on the TE) and a smile....and its just genuine! Landing in Kathmandu, or 'Dustmandu' as one jolly taxi driver refers to the capital of Nepal was good enough, however getting to Pokhara after an 8 hour bumpy bus drive was literally a dream come through.
You see, Pokhara is like a Mediterranean seaside area, but instead of the sea there is a lake, and it boasts the same hustle and bustle of shops and restaurants in the tourist area also known as Lakeside. However for a real feel of the place, one can't miss out on visiting Old Pokhara. A taxi ride of 400 rupees (circa 3 Euros) will take you comfortably to Old Pokhara. Our toothless grinning taxi driver, who did not know a word of English, dropped us off in the main street of this old area.
Basically all you have to do is switch off your Googlemaps and walk along the streets and get lost in the area. With every step taken there is a million frames to shoot, all the while locals greeting you with Namaste! some of them to sell you something and others because they genuinely are happy to see you there. Smiles are boundful and shops can be found all around this area. I usually do not shoot children but in Nepal one has to make an exception, because they are gorgeous with their big brown eyes and cheekiness.
Occasionally you find the odd entryway that offers you a breathtaking photo opportunity like the photo below....
The shops are colourful and most of them about to fall apart but this adds to the character of the place that welcomes one with arms wide open ready to wrap you in one huge Namaste hug!
Check out more photos here....NAMASTE!