Traditional Houses In Rural Nepal

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Traditional Nepalese Village Housing


Yesterday, @roelandp announced that #steemfest4 would be held in Thailand. At first I was excited by the prospect but this morning I feel less so, since I've already spent quite a bit of time in Thailand. I'm wondering whether there is somewhere on the way that I might want to stop at . . .

Now, had the Steemfest been organised in Nepal I wouldn't hesitate to return. Having said that, I've been told that it's changed massively since the time I was there.

Oh my, there's no pleasing me at the moment! 😢

Either way let's return to the theme of my trip to Nepal. These are some shots of the local houses, taken during my walk in the Himalayan foothills.

Nepalese House.JPG

The basic design of these houses is holistic so as to be suited to the everyday needs of farmers.

An ideal Hill home is one with thick stonewalls, a ground floor kitchen, upper story bedrooms, an attic storage room, a spacious courtyard, veranda, and cozy and clean sheds for livestock.
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Nepalese House 2.JPG)

If that quote is to be believed then many of the houses I saw were less than "ideal" since they were built from mud/clay and straw bricks rather than stone.

Most had thatched roofs and raised eaves. I also saw a number of bamboo and reed huts.

The majority of houses have two stories, like the ones in these photographs, but some contain only two rooms, a sleeping room and a room for cooking. I saw a few of these too.

Nepalese Houses.JPG

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I wonder how many of these are still standing since these photographs were taken prior to the earthquakes in April and May 2015.

Hopefully they weren't too badly affected as they are a long way from Kathmandu.

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Being far away probably saved them. I wonder which types would handle the earthquakes better. The reed and bamboo ones would have more give, so maybe they're safer when the ground shakes...

Nice photos of them. The first one looks almost like a castle, with that crazy balcony. I don't know how trusting I'd be of that under my feet!

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I don't think any of them handle quakes very well because they have very flimsy foundations. But, as you say, these were far enough away so as to not be affected, hopefully.

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