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Stunning Portraits that Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

The Himalayas are an enormous mountain chain that spread from Pakistan in the west, to Bhutan in the east, as well as encompassing Nepal, parts of Tibet and several states of India. So while there is some cultural similarity between the peoples living in this region, there are also lots of fascinating differences.

These beautiful portraits, spanning from west to east in the Himalayas, show what a culturally and ethnically diverse region the Himalayas are, with rich diversity in traditions, clothing and lifestyle.

The Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

A Passu woman from the Karakoram Highway region of Pakistan. Photo: Joel Carillet

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

A Sani bride in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir state, India. Photo: Sandeepachetan.com

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

A Ladakhi woman in traditional dress, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Photo: Christopher Michel

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

A Kashmiri girl in Zanskar, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Photo: Sergio Agostinelli

Hindu boys in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Photo: Mare

Hindu boys in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India. Photo: Mare

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

Nepalis watching an event. Photo: Mare

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

A Nishi tribal man in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Photo: Diganta Talukdar

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

Schoolboys in Bhutan. Photo: World Bank Photo Collection

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

A nomadic girl in Tibet. Photo: IM Swedish Development Partner

These Stunning Portraits Show the Cultural Diversity of the Himalayas

A woman from Kailash, Tibet. Photo: Andrea Prologo

Top image: Javi Sanchez de la Vina

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Elen Turner

Elen Turner

Elen Turner is a travel writer and editor with one foot in Nepal and another in New Zealand. She has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from the Australian National University (2012). Her travel writing has been widely published.

1 Comment

  1. Ranjan Khadka
    June 30, 2018 at 9:59 am — Reply

    A real portrait photography. Awesome work.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this post.

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