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  1. Nate @yomadic
    July 2, 2012

    Hey Dave, this is great. I really enjoyed seeing so many photos of the Sadhus – I don’t have a lot to say, I just wanted to let you know this was a great start to my monday morning. Cheers.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 4, 2012

      Glad it kicked off your week well Nate! Mission accomplished

  2. the candy trail … | Michael Robert Powell
    July 2, 2012

    Nice pics Dave, especially the first portrait – ripper ! Bought back memories; I hung-out in caves with them in Gujarat and at a temple near Hampi in India (1990), when I was a keen young stoner …

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 4, 2012

      I could easily imagine that Michael! I wonder how much these guys have changed with the times since then.

  3. BB Travels
    July 2, 2012

    To experience such sights. These Sadhus look amazing. Did you talk to any of them?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 4, 2012

      Yes, many of them. Not all are fluent in English. I had a translator there and still not everything was understandable :)

  4. Victoria
    July 2, 2012

    Very interesting to learn about other cultures. Great photos! What do they do in winter? Are they also able to walk around in little clothing, like the Tibetan monks do?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 4, 2012

      Some of these photos were taken at the tail end of winter. The sun was shining but in the shadows it was cold. I’ve seen them wearing heavy blankets, but still bare foot.

  5. Forrest
    July 2, 2012

    I assure all these guys are from Nepal. I took photos,of them two years ago, and then last week. Holy? I dunno. Colorful tourist attractions, for sure.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 4, 2012

      Holy was a few months ago :) They tend to come out at many religious festivals. Shivratri in particular.

  6. hayadeen
    July 2, 2012

    Great article, great photos. I wonder how did you manage to take their pictures?
    anyway..interesting to know that they will first cut ties with Everything, including friends and family.

    hmm..but they are still friends with each other, right?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 4, 2012

      Thanks. I went up to them and took their photo! I did bring a Nepalese friend to help with trying to talk with a few. But even then it wasn’t that easy. Not everyone believes in their ways.

      They come from all over the country, and don’t all live together. So at festivals and things they recognize each other I’m sure.

      The three together in the photo above travel together as well. I remember them from 2008. Today they help the really old Sadhu I photographed above to move around.

  7. Travellinggem
    July 2, 2012

    Really fascinating, thank you for sharing!

  8. Jason
    July 3, 2012

    Some great shots there Dave. Ditto with Michael. Number one is a classic. Great composure and sharp….

    The old Baba’s of India and Nepal bring back quite a few old memories. I met some absolute crackers in India. No matter how hard I try. I find it difficult to even comprehend their life’s journey.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      July 4, 2012

      Thanks Jason. I have a hard time comprehending anything they say! I think their way of life is changing with the times. Nepal is on of the last bastions for old school ways of the world.

  9. Callie
    July 4, 2012

    Wow, great pics…I love that monkey costume!

  10. Christine | Grrrl Traveler
    August 27, 2012

    Wow, exceptional photos! And interesting article about Sadhi’s. I dunno how you get your info but I wish I could get some of the insider info you do when I travel.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      August 28, 2012

      Brought a local or two to translate. Helps to be here a while. Talked with many people about Sadhus and traditional people in Nepal. Guess is all kind of comes together!

  11. Roxanne
    December 29, 2012

    Loving the colors. Stunning photographs, as always. It is a treat to catch up on your blog on a sunny and frigid Friday afternoon in New England, knowing that I can get lost in pictures and stories, instead of being called to do my grad school reading. Hope you are well, friend.

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