Street Art in Pokhara

At HTM (Himalayan Travel Mart) and ITBMC (International Travel Bloggers and Media Conference), we talked about Nepal being unique in many ways, its beauty not being restricted to the Himalayan ranges, its strong come-back after the massive earthquake, its amazing art & culture, great food and the ever-smiling people. Having visited the country twice, I can totally vouch for it that there are too many good things about it. What is needed is different perspective and appreciative eyes. The new-age travelers have proved it time and again that Nepal is definitely on their radar. Be it any country, if you offer them something unique, they will return. If I had to suggest, I would say that there are two more things that Nepal should be talking about and promoting really well. First, the old Nepali art from the Malla period which was called as “the Nepalese Renaissance age” and second, the contemporary street art.

Think Nepal
I shot this right at the entrance of Thamel market and I am not sure what the artist was thinking but I think it was purposely written to remind everyone to think about Nepal, uniquely, differently and beautifully.

Nepali art

The Malla reign gave Nepal the most cherished architectural feats. That was the time when the workmanship of Nepalese artists was at its peak. Nepalese traditional arts and architectures literally flourished during this golden period. Most of the Newari temples and the UNESCO World Heritage sites that we see in Nepal were built in those times. The magnificent wooden doors, the gorgeous art of crafting and splendid statues, all came from that era. Do read about it and find out more. This was about the past, now the present is about contemporary art and local artists. We must talk about their work too. I quite enjoy the interactive art of today’s times and thus I want to dedicate this post to some of the most interesting pieces that I stumbled upon in three different cities in Nepal.

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I found this street art on the Boudha road, near my hotel -Tibet International

Creativity on the walls

Urban art/Street Art – This is one thing that literally brightens the whole city and it conveys many things. It is one of the most strongest means of expression. The young artists use it as a means to speak up their mind. Street art emerged in Nepal, especially in Kathmandu after the 2015 earthquake. A lot of groups came together to put up some great work. The walls of the city were infused with new life and a lot of experimentation was done. During my last visit I didn’t get a chance to stroll around and check these art work but this time, it was quite refreshing to stumble on some really colorful stuff. And it was not just in the capital but in Chitwan and Pokhara too. Enjoy and do share more with me.

Wildlife and Jungle inspired art in Chitwan was really very colorful and interesting.

#Chitwan #Wildlife 
I found this very meaningful wall art in Chitwan in Nepal.
This was so strategically made, right on top of the drinking water refilling station. The message is definitely so assertive and meaningful.
Beautiful art work showing the one-horned rhinoceros of Chitwan
Beautiful work showing the one-horned rhinoceros of Chitwan
I found this one on the walls of the stage of the Tharu Community Theater House and it really got my eyes.
Chitwan
Chitwan
The Tharu boy painted on a wall in Chitwan National Park. Lovely art work
This is my favorite one from Chitwan. This looked so real and intriguing.
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Such amusing stuff and every bit of it suggested that the place had to do something with wildlife.

Kathmandu, the capital has loads of cool street art. I think I just stumbled upon 10 percent of it.

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Wall art showing the iconic Dharhara minaret of Nepal which was damaged in the earthquake of 2015
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Love the color riot!
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This one shows the falling of the Darbar Square which was affected by the earthquake.
#The painted hotels of Nepal
Colourful Thamel
This one is my favorite from Thamel Bazaar in #Nepal
This one is my favorite from Thamel Bazaar.
Street art in Thamel, oustide a cafe
Outside a Cafe
Art on a shutter of the shop
Art on a shutter of a shop. I captured this near Pashupatinath Temple.
Wall art around the Kaiser Library in Kathmandu.
Wall art around the Kaiser Library in Kathmandu.
Have you seen this wall art in Kathmandu Durbur Square?
Yours truly inside the campus of Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Street  art in Thamel
Somewhere in Thamel
Creative wall arts in Nepal
I see a human face. Do you?
I spotted this one near SOALTEE CROWN PLAZA
I spotted this one near Soaltee crowne plaza hotel in Kathmandu

Street Art in Pokhara

This city is the gateway to Annapurna ranges and it is one of my favorite places in Nepal. I like it for its laid-back atmosphere and the amazing views from every corner. Not to forget, Phewa lake is picturesque. In Pokhara, one cannot miss the town area of lakeside and the most colourful street. This is just the place for all your shopping and chilling out pangs. While taking a walk around this street, it was fun to find these glimpses of urban art. Next time, I would like to see more for sure.

Street art in Pokhara in Nepal
This is most colourful wall in Pokhara. I found this around street no. 1, opposite lake side.

Street art in Pokhara
This one is very artistic. I see so many things in this. What do you see?

I am not sure who this personality is but I would love to know why the artist chose to make him. The mural has come out really well.
Nepali street art
A quirky one!
Street art around lakeside in Pokhara
All is well that ends with Buddha.

Do let me know how many have you spotted in Nepal and which one is your favorite? What all did I miss? And do tag me on twitter and Instagram, if you know of more. I would love to see more when I return next year.

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Manjulika Pramod

An engineer who loves to be called a blogger more!
Traveler, short-story writer, voracious reader, foodie is the better me!
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