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