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Annapurna Circuit 13
Bhakra
By Noe Falk Nielsen
19 Mar 2015

Prayer flags at 4,300 meters altitude above the village of Bhraka (3450 meters altitude) 88 kilometres into the Hike on 19 March 2015. The peak of Annapurna III (7555 meters) is clearly visible in the background on 19 March 2015.

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Annapurna Circuit 11
Bhraka
By Noe Falk Nielsen
19 Mar 2015

Bhraka located 3450 meters above sea level and 88 kilometers along the trail is a small town at the foothill of Annapurna III (7555 meters) and Ganggapurna (7454 meters). The village consists of a newer part along the road with tea houses and an old part clustered on the side of a small mountain. That progress has reach Bhraka is discernible by the number of satellite dishes on the roofs of the buildings in the old part of town (depicted).

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Annapurna Circuit 10
Ghyaru
By Noe Falk Nielsen
18 Mar 2015

Buddhist shrine on the way to Ghyaru (3730 meters altitude, 74 kilometers from start). Religion still plays an important part of many Nepalese's lives and shrines are found all along the trek.

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Annapurna Circuit 05
Chame, Nepal
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Mar 2015

At 2,710 meters altitude Chame lies 56 kilometres into the Annapurna Circuit trek. Chame, Nepal, 17 March 2015. Chame is a hub on the trek and houses numerous tea houses, which are mostly full during the peak season between September and November. Tourism in Nepal contributes just below 10% of GDP and employs around half a million people.

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Annapurna Circuit 08
Upper Pisang
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Mar 2015

Trekkers trekking towards Upper Pisang at 3,310 meters altitude 70 kilometers into the hike on 17 March 2015. Trekkers have brought certain wealth to the region from the hiring of guides and porters to the numerous tea houses and restaurants that can be found along the route. With an expected 25 USD per person per day for just food and lodging the 50,000 trekkers are a source of survival for many Nepalese both in Kathmandu and around the Annapurna Massif.

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Annapurna Circuit 06
Chame
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Mar 2015

Nepalese baby in Chame (2710 meters altitude), Nepal on a toy vehicle on 17 March 2015. As tourism creates jobs and a source of income an increase in the standard of living is discernible along the route. Many locals wear North Face (Fake), while the children play with modern toys.

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Annapurna Circuit 07
Chame
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Mar 2015

Where before the Annapurna Circuit was accessible solely by foot, a road has now been build that makes it possible to move people and goods all the way to Chame (2710 meters altitude). The road has opened up for quicker access, but has also made it possible to bypass many small villages along the trek losing the family owned establishments precious income.

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Annapurna Circuit 09
Upper Pisang
By Noe Falk Nielsen
17 Mar 2015

The village of Bhratang (2850 meters altitude, 63 kilometers from start). Along with the road the small villages along the trek have received power as well making life somewhat easier along the trek. The snowfall was particularly heavy this year, the worst in 30 years, making access to the villages more difficult and increasing the fear of lavines and landslides.

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Annapurna Circuit 04
Annapurna
By Noe Falk Nielsen
15 Mar 2015

Nepalese lumberjacks cutting up trees on the slope of the Annapurna Massif close to the village of Chamche (1385 meters altitude) on 15 March 2015. Using depleteable natural resources like timber remain a source of income for many poor families in Nepal.

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Annapurna Circuit 01
Annapurna
By Noe Falk Nielsen
14 Mar 2015

Little Nepalese girl breaking rocks for construction work on the slope of the Annapurna massif close to the village of Bahundanda at 1310 meters altitude on 14 March 2015. The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular treks in the world and around 50,000 people hike around the massif per year.

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Annapurna Circuit 02
Annapurna
By Noe Falk Nielsen
14 Mar 2015

Little Nepalese girl breaking rocks for construction work on the slope of the Annapurna massif close to the village of Bahundanda (1310 meters altitude). Despite the many tourists and the money it brings to the region the local residents still carry on as they have done for hundreds of years.

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Annapurna Circuit 03
Annapurna
By Noe Falk Nielsen
14 Mar 2015

Old Nepalese woman carrying branches to her village on the slope of the Annapurna Massif close to the village of Ghermu (1130 meters altitude) on 14 March 2015. Some 30% of the Nepalese population live on less than half a dollar per day with poverty increasing the further away from Kathmandu you go. Most Nepalese live in the rural areas and depend on subsistence economy using the natural resources to provide for clothes, food, and heat.

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Child Labor in Bangladesh 11
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
13 Mar 2015

A girl is collecting fruit to sell them in a local market

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Trailing the Mughals 26
Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
01 Mar 2015

A classic scene of washerwomen washing publicly the family clothes in the waters of the Lake Pichola.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
01 Mar 2015

Elephant ride is Classic on the streets of Udaipur. Usually the rider asks for tips in order to feed his elephant. He also proposes paid elephant rides and tourists are usually enthusiastic about elephant riding.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
28 Feb 2015

A soup kitchen located in the lower-income neighborhood of Jagdish Temple serves daily meals for underprivileged people.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
28 Feb 2015

This is a fountain in the Sahelion ki Bari, the garden of maidens, that was built by Maharana Sangram Singh in the mid-18th century. There are pools with kiosks, flowerbeds, lawns, pools, fountains, along with an array of trees. There is also a sitting room decorated with paintings and glass mosaics in the garden. The main fountain at the extreme end of the garden is flanked with 4 massive elephants carved in a single piece of Agra marble.

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Trailing the Mughals 27
Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
28 Feb 2015

Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. It is one of the several contiguous lakes, and developed over the last few centuries in and around the famous Udaipur city. The lakes around Udaipur were primarily created by building dams to meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of the city and its neighborhood. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake, and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake.

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Trailing the Mughals 22
Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
27 Feb 2015

A classic scene of two men sitting on the pavement of a street of Udaipur.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
27 Feb 2015

A man dressed in traditional India man sari with a red 9-meter-turban covering his head.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
27 Feb 2015

Amazing carved columns in the renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur. The temple is a tribute to Tirthankara Adinatha. Local legend has it that Dharma Shah, a local Jain businessperson, started construction of the temple in the 5th century following a divine vision. The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar and founder of the Jain religion. Inspired by a dream of a celestial vehicle, Dhanna Shah, a Porwal, commenced its construction, under the patronage of Rana Kumbha, then ruler of Mewar. The architect who oversaw the project was named Deepaka. There is an inscription on a pillar near the main shrine stating that in 1439 Deepaka, an architect, constructed the temple at the direction of Dharanka, a devoted Jain.
Nowadays, Ranakpur is the one of the most spiritual stops to understand the Jain sect and to understand the philosophy of this religion.

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Trailing the Mughals 17
Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
26 Feb 2015

Details of a sculpture from a silver palanquin taken at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodphur. The palanquin is a covered litter for one passenger, consisting of a large box carried on two horizontal poles by four or six bearers.

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Trailing the Mughals 18
Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
26 Feb 2015

Picture taken from the Mehrangarh Fort that overlooks the city of Jodhpur. It is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.
The city is known as the "Sun City" for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. It is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses at the feet of the Fort. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates.

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Trailing the Mughals 19
Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
26 Feb 2015

An old woman is sweeping her floor in the old city of Jodhpur. Her house is blue as the city is known as "the blue city". Some say the colour is associated closely with the Brahmins, India's priestly caste, and the blue houses of the old city belong to families of that caste. Consequently, you might well hear the properties referred to as the 'Brahmin Houses'.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
26 Feb 2015

A classic scene of a man sitting on the pavement in front of a statue celebrating a divinity.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
26 Feb 2015

On Jodphur streets, two hermaphrodites are wandering in the old souk after celebrating the Holi in which colored vegetable powder is spread on devotees. In India, hermaphrodites or hijras are part of one of the most neglected groups of our society.

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Mayna Kollai Festival 18
Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
25 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: A child and an older man on what remains of the sand statue. During Mayana Kollai Festival in Tamil Nadu devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
25 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: Women can now safely approach the remains of the statue and bring away some sacred sand with them. During Mayana Kollai Festival in Tamil Nadu devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
25 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: People of all age attend the festival. During Mayana Kollai Festival in Tamil Nadu devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Mayana Kollai: Fighting the Demon in ...
Pooranakuppam
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

During Mayana Kollai Festival in Tamil Nadu devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
24 Feb 2015

Hawa Mahal is made of rare sand stone, that is a classic regional stone used to built the main monuments of Northern India. It is impressive to wander inside the palace and to take a look at the city for the tiny windows that were once the only way for women to connect with the city life.
Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds is a palace in Jaipur. It is so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstone, the palace sits on the edge of the City Palace, and extends to the zenana, or women's chambers.

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Delhi, India
By Cherine Yazbeck
24 Feb 2015

In 1928, Narayan Niwas hotel Jaipur was erected by General Amar Singh, Thakur of Kanota, a confidant of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh and Commander of the erstwhile Jaipur State Force. It was named after his father, Thakur Narain Singh. The palace was used as a country residence by him, which he used for staying during his hunting expeditions and family vacations. It has now been turned into a heritage hotel in Jaipur, which is managed by the Kanota Family.
The picture of the Maharajah is a classic posture of the grandiose Era of the former rules of India.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: Portrait of one of the rare women seen during the celebration, circling around the statue. During Mayana Kollai Festival, in Tamil Nadu, devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

A devotee dressed as king for the Mayana Kollai Festival. Men from all over the region spend the entire year crafting their costumes. During the festival, people gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: The sand statue that represents the evil demon is built over the course of a few days and will be destroyed by men dressed in makeshift king costumes in a matter of minutes. The demon is pregnant and it must be killed before its offspring is able to bring more evil to this world.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: Women behind a protective barrier to avoid being caught in the confusion of the destroying mob. During Mayana Kollai Festival, in Tamil Nadu, devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: Before the destruction takes place, devotees of all age and gender pay tribute to the head and feet of the demon by bringing offers and lighting candles. During Mayana Kollai Festival, in Tamil Nadu, devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: Devotees dressed as kings form a safety cordon around the statue to avoid any passer by to be trampled when destruction will start. During Mayana Kollai Festival, in Tamil Nadu, devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: During the festival, devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes. Devotees dressed as kings form a safety cordon around the statue to avoid any passer by to be trampled when destruction will start.

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Pooranakuppam, Tamil Nadu
By Matteo Vegetti
24 Feb 2015

Mayana Kollai Festival: Portrait of a devotee showing the elaborate facial painting and the papier-mache headgear. During Mayana Kollai Festival in Tamil Nadu devotees gather around a huge sand statue that represents a demon. The statue will be destroyed during the course of the celebration by men dressed in makeshift king costumes.