Photographer's Note

I have posted several images from Chitwan before and wrote about nature-watching attractions: a jungle walk, a boat trip and a jeep safari.

But Terai is not just about wildlife; there are people there too. The largest ethnic group (about 2 million) are Tharu. Among all interesting facts about Tharu, the one I find the most intriguing is that they are almost immune to malaria (which is rife in Terai, except for the winter months) and scientists cannot figure out why.

Some “cultural” elements were included in my “two-nights-three-days” tour programme, notably a dancing performance held in the community centre is Sauraha. It was sort of interesting and delivered by a bunch of young and enthusiastic local people wearing traditional costumes. But the dim gloomy room and the realisation that all that effort was made for the spectators who were exclusively foreign visitors left me somewhat unimpressed.

I enjoyed, however, my own solo walks in the village, mixing with the locals and watching Sauraha street life. On one of those occasions I witness preparations to a wedding that was soon to take place. This lady was one of the many guests preparing to attend the ceremony. She was wearing a beautiful dress and seemed very happy to pose for a portrait. .

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1408 W: 7 N: 2688] (14822)
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