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The Pyakha of Patan

On a pleasant night, at the tail-end of October, on the dabali in front of Krishna Mandir, a few men lit torches in the four corners to demark the stage. As the crowd started pouring in, the musicians tuned their instruments and the actors adjusted their costumes for a final time before staging the annual celebration.

One dog at a time

The streets of Kathmandu—the city millions call home—are almost always full of life. Around every corner, amid every galli, you will find people from all walks of life. But these gallis are not just home to puny humans. These gallis are also home to a pack of a different kind—your ever-present friendly neighbourhood dogs. You will see at least one in each of these winding lanes, without fail.

A holy river, a sea of humanity

Ujjain Simhastha is a Hindu festival worth marvelling at. A tradition that has been in practice since the 18th century, the month-long fair attracted an estimated 75 million devotees this year, including 10,000 tourists from around the world.

The tales we tell

The annual Swasthani Brata Katha commenced on January 31. This festival, based on the holy Hindu book Skandapuran, attracts devotees from across the country to the Sali river—a hub for the festival—in Sankhu, 17km from the Capital.

Dreams on wheels

If you were to take a walk around Patan Durbar Square in the morning, you may stumble upon a middle-aged woman pushing a wheelcart brimming with badaam. A mother-of-three, Goma Bashyal, has been selling peanuts from her mobile shop for nearly two decades.

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