Exploring our backyard
Distant rice terraces
River which runs through the valley nearby
Men playing a game of cards
Bamboo is abundant in the area and has many uses including building houses, drainage systems, scaffolding and bridges
Destination not known
Thatched huts - I can't count the number of times I hit my head on the tops of the doors...
Deepak and Mandeep
Crossing the river
We came across a water-powered rice mill by the river, which seemed stuck in a time warp...
Using the dehusking machine (which removes unwanted layers from the rice hence making it edible)
Boy working in the mill on his smoke break (!)
Back to the river...
Having a look at a fishing contraption made with bamboo, whilst trying to keep my balance
Seems like quite a good idea - seeing as the water is flowing the fish will just be carried into it
We came across this dwelling and were greeted and invited in by a friendly resident...
He gave us a snack and some raksi (local rice wine). He came to affectionately be known as 'Mr potato man' - for obvious reasons...
The bathroom was a little on the small side...
I nearly took it with me trying to get out...
A neighbour drying mustard oil (used for cooking)
The effects of a recent earthquake
Another neighbour showing me his catch from the nearby river
Market day in Fikkal
Market took place every Thursday. It was a good time to visit the town, there were many interesting (and shocking) sights and smells. People came from all over the Ilam district to sell their products...
Fikkal town centre
Man butchering a buffalo by the side of the road
In a shoe shop with Deepak's friend Subash (middle) who worked there
Happiness for sale
Slaves to the system