terraced fields in the himalayas (nepal)


Terraced fields near Syang village (Nepal)

I noticed that in the middle of each field there is a small shrine made of round rocks painted in white, and a tree branch.­

I suppose this is a Tibetan tradition.­ Not sure if this is related to Buddhism, Hinduism, or some older Animist belief.­

If you know more about this tradition, please post a Comment!

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Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.­

This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.­

Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.­

Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.­

Photos of Terrace Farming in Asia (Vietnam, India, Indonesia).­

Most of those terraced fields are rice paddy fields.­

You can find more information about terrace agriculture on Wikipedia:

- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Terrace_­(agriculture)

- en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Paddy_­field