I have always thought of Nepal as a beautiful country! Stunning mountains, heritage temples, bustling streets, culturally rich and humble, thrifty, warm people.
With culture very similar to that in parts of India, religions similar to those followed in India and even script (though not language) similar to that in India - I could totally ‘relate’ to Nepal and instantly felt at home when we visited Kathmandu in 2011 with our then 1 year old daughter.
But as in most countries, it is the people of Kathmandu that formed an important highlight of our visit – they were a humble, thrifty & warm lot. Here is a photo essay of pictures taken in and around Hanumandhoka Darbar Square, Kathmandu - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
|Flower vendors at the Darbar Square|
|Cycle Rickshaw pullers waiting for passengers|
|I loved this lady selling neckpieces - her smile & enthusiasm was infectious as she happily posed for a photo|
This tea vendor diligently made us a piping hot cup of tea
|This was a classic 'old meets new' scene - a traditionally dressed woman selling confectionery in a cane basket in branded jars striking a conversation on her cellphone|
|Our friendly guide at the 'Kumari Bahal'|
|A soldier on guard near the Darbar Square|
|A vendor in a market selling spices & dry fish|
|This, well, is not the face of Nepal - but loved the buzz in the air in Kathmandu on the day of the Bryan Adams concert. As a HUGE fan, I was thrilled that he was staying at our hotel and I got a chance to say hello to him!|