whitewashed houses - main street - buddha shopping complex (nepal)

Marpha village, between Tatopani and Jomsom, on the Annapurnas road (Nepal)

I love the name of the small store: "Buddha Shopping Complex"!

Unlike other villages in the Kali Gandaki valley, Marpha has been "beautified" for the tourists trekking on the Annapurnas route.­

Stone houses are all nicely whitewashed.­ Many houses on the main street have been converted into shops selling souvenirs and supplies.­

It is pretty, but much less authentic than Kagbeni, another old village further up in the valley.­

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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.­