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A hookah also known as a waterpipe, narghile, or Qalyān, is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for smoking flavored tobacco called Mu‘assel (also known as Shisha in which the smoke is passed through a water basin (often glass based) before inhalation. The origin of the hookah is India, Persia, or at a transition point between the two. Hookahs, especially wooden ones, are popular in Nepal. Use of hookahs is considered to symbolize elite family throughout history.
Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Asia
Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm at 95 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
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