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Groom's family gathers at his parent'shome early in the morning on the day of the wedding

In Nepali culture, special ceremonies called pujas are held to give a name to a newly born child, for the child’s first haircut, for a wedding, a person’s 84th birthday, and...

Woman attending a puja to honor a deceased relative in Nepal

In the ‘Daily Photos’ area of my blog I recently published a portrait of a woman attending a Nepali puja for a relative who had died one year earlier. One of...

Fully clothed worshipers immerse in the freezing cold holy pools in front of Muktinath, one of the eight most sacred Hindu shrines in the world

More than worrying about whether I would be able to carry my heavy backpack while trekking the Lower Mustang area in the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal, I was concerned about altitude...

Incessant winds rip dwn from the mountains every afternoon in Lower Mustang, shredding prayer flags on the hilltop monastery

I stood on the stairway leading to the Buddhist Monastery in the Himalayan town of Marpha, holding onto the railing for dear life as as gale force gusts shredded the gauzy...

Looking back on Kagbeni during a day trek to Eklibhatti

There was no hint of shade. Glittering piles of grey-white sand, the result of wind and rain-eroded micaceous rock from the surrounding mountains, carpeted the valley floor and the high-noon sun...

Serenity reigns supreme at the Garden of Dreams

Outside, motorcycle horns screamed and taxis dodged pedestrians streaming through the narrow streets of Thamel, the backpacker district of Kathmandu. The ever-present dull gray smog was matched at street level by...