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Nepali people | Nepal | Asia

[Visited: April 2007]

Visitors come to Nepal for the nature, the culture, and perhaps the food, but another reason to visit this Himalayan kingdom could as well be for the people. By and large, they are very friendly and open towards the visitor, and even in the most touristy places in Kathmandu (and they are very touristy!), I did not have a bad experience (not even with taxi drivers), or a show of the bad influence of tourism on the local population. On the contrary.

Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Women dressed in red at Swayambhunath temple

The first impression of the Nepalis was very positive; they also reminded me of Indians, even though some of the Nepalis can look almost Chinese. It was often a pleasure to just sit down somewhere and look at people going about with their life. Especially the women add colour to public life: many wear those beautiful, elegant saris in bright colours, often combining various colours: red and green, blue and green, yellow and orange... Seeing a group of women in saris walk around was like watching a parade of brightness right under your eyes.

Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Woman from Nepal with expressive face in Kathmandu

The sari fashion might disappear overtime, as many young people are wearing fashionable clothes, accompanied by handbags or sunglasses that are not Nepali at all. It is fascinating to see how the traditionally dressed people mix with the avant la garde youth into a curious exotic cocktail of colours and styles. What Nepali all seem to have in common, is that smiling turns any face into a cheerful and beautiful display of contrasting white and brown. But Nepalis can also be dedicated to what they are doing, as is proven by yelling rickshaw cyclists, beggars approaching you in the street, saddhus with brightly painted faces asking for a picture, touts trying to sell you a trekking tour or the quiet guys whisperingly asking if you are interested in buying drugs, a waitress in a restaurant doing what she can to give you the best food...

Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Fashionable Nepali guy on Durbar Square, Kathmandu
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Dressed to impress: pink Nepali lady in the streets of Kathmandu
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Pink and black Nepali woman
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Woman seeking shelter from the sun with her umbrella
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Nepali woman and man in the streets of Kathmandu
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Young Nepali woman dressed in yellow on Durbar Square
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Nepali woman with cooking utensils in bicycle rickshaw in Kathmandu
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Young Nepali couple having a stroll in Kathmandu
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Friendliness comes young on this face of a Nepali boy
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Chatting Nepalese girls
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Nepalese women in the late afternoon light
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Nepalese rickshaw cyclist concentrating on traffic
Picture of Nepali people (Nepal): Nepalese guy with sunglasses

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