Himalayan splendour

Stupas, monasteries, palaces and homes. Himalayan Style is a new coffee table book that offers stunning insight into the inspired architectural styles that showcase this fascinating, diverse region

Bouddhanath stupaPic Courtesy/Thomas l kelly, Himalayan style by thomas l kelly and claire burket, Roli Books

Monks circummambulate the dome of Bouddhanath stupa, Kathmandu, Nepal where oil lights glow in low niches. The eyes of Vairochana, the Great Illuminator, look out from the harmika above.

courtyard of Trongsa Dzong

The paved main courtyard of Trongsa Dzong, Bhutan with interconnected administrative and religious buildings. Painted timber brackets, rabsels, and balconies contrast with whitewashed stone wall surfaces

A man from Kham

A man from Kham, Tibet poses in his family’s house with colourful painted contemporary furniture

The Leh Palace

The Leh Palace, from the terrace of Lamo. In the foreground is the reading room, once the summer room of the Munshi family. Its row of south-facing double-glazed windows opens to the terrace.

The river goddess Yamuna
Pic Courtesy/Thomas Schrom

The river goddess Yamuna, with restored gilding and jewellery in Patan, Nepal.

Himalayan Style
Pics courtesy/Thomas L Kelly, 2014 except where mentioned otherwise

Himalayan Style, Thomas L Kelley and Claire Burkert, Roli Books, Rs 2,975. Available at leading bookstores.

A Sherpa kitchen

A Sherpa kitchen with its arranged pots and utensils. Barley flour designs are said to bring good fortune at New Year.

The  mythical water creature called a makara adorns a corner of the Jokhang roof in Lhasa

The  mythical water creature called a makara adorns a corner of the Jokhang roof in Lhasa

Tashilhunpo Monastery

The column bases at Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet are painted with a rainbow, clouds, water, mountains and other Tibetan motifs

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