Nestled in the embrace of the Himalayas, the ancient village of Jharkot, Nepal, captivates with its timeless charm. Established more than a thousand years ago as a Tibetan fort, Jharkot has a rich history that unfolds against a backdrop of grandeur. Towering majestically behind the village is the formidable presence of Mount Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh-highest peak, soaring to a breathtaking elevation of 8,167 meters (26,795 feet). This image harmoniously captures the enduring spirit of Jharkot, cradled by the protective gaze of Dhaulagiri, the mountain guardian of this storied land. Photo © copyright by Rich Voninski.