Bread and beyond in Pokhara

This photo essay accompanies The Baker’s Tale, scroll through to see more photos of Kumar at work and the spectacular Himalayan landscape surrounding Pokhara.

Views across Pokhara from the nearby hills.
Views across Pokhara from the nearby hills.
Pokhara viewed from one of the surrounding hills.
The city is a patchwork of small fields and houses.
A baker in Pokhara.
Kumar, a Pokhara baker, sits on a table in his small bakery on the backstreets of the Lakeside area of the town.
A viewing platform on one of the hills in Pokhara.
A viewing platform on one of the hills in Pokhara.
View of the Annapurnas from Pokhara
Pokhara is surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range, making for spectacular views on clear days.
Night time views across Pokhara.
Night time views across Pokhara.
Mossy forest near Pokhara.
Mossy forests also fill the hills surrounding the city.
A pan on an open fire in Nepal.
Much cooking in Nepal is still done by open fire.
A view across the Annapurna mountains in Nepal.
Pokhara is one of the gateways to the Annapurna mountain range and a popular start point for tourists.
A child in one the villages in the foothills of the Annapurna mountains.
A child in one the villages in the foothills of the Annapurna mountains.
A view of a mountain in the Annapurna range.
The mountains up close.
Misty views across the Annapurnas.
Misty mornings in the mountains.
A baker stands in his bakery working by candlelight.
Kumar, working by candlelight in his bakery due to one of the frequent power cuts in Pokhara.
Stacks of well-used baking trays at a bakery in Pokhara, Nepal.
Stacks of well-used baking trays.
Corn in a metal dish in Nepal.
Corn grows abundantly in this part of Nepal and ears of corn drying on the sides of houses is a common sight.
Sliced cabbage in a dish in Nepal.
Preparing the components for the traditional Nepalese dish of Dal Bhat.
A metal saucepan filled with red lentils for Dal Bhat.
Lentils for the dal in Dal Bhat.
What growing in a field in front of the Annapurna mountains.
Wheat growing in the fields.
Portions of dough sectioned off to make bread in Nepal.
Portions of dough to make bread.
Rhododendron flowers in a forest in the foothills of the Annapurnas.
Bright red rhododendron flowers are a common sight in the hills around Pokhara. It's also the national flower of Nepal.
Prayer flags flapping in the wind in the Annapurnas.
Prayer flags flapping in the wind in the Annapurnas.
A child in the village of Landruk.
A child in the village of Landruk.
A plate of Dal Bhat, this lentil, vegetable and rice dish is ubiquitous across Nepal.
A plate of Dal Bhat, this lentil, vegetable and rice dish is ubiquitous across Nepal.
A man sits in a cafe in Landruk, Nepal.
A man sits in a cafe in Landruk.
A baker weighing out portions of dough in Nepal.
Kumar weighs the portions of dough for loaves of bread.
Sunrise view over Pokhara where the Himalayas create a spectacular backdrop.
Sunrise view over Pokhara where the Himalayas create a spectacular backdrop.
A view across the valleys to the Annapurnas.
A view across the valleys.
A woman carries corn on her back in a doko basket in Nepal.
A woman carries corn on her back in a doko basket.