Nepal is undeniably beautiful.
The first time I’d seen the Himalayan Range on my way to Pokhara, I couldn’t do anything but just gape at it.
Imagine seeing mountains that are verdant green, and way further in the distance, high up into the clouds, are ranges edged in white. It looked like someone took a crayon and had fun drawing a mountainous shape on the blue skies.
However, it wasn’t just the scenery but also the beautiful people of Nepal that amazed me. They had very different looks; some looked Indian, others looked Chinese, while still others could pass for Westerners.
One guide I met, for example, I thought was Italian. When he began speaking, it was then I realized he was Nepalese.
According to friends, Nepalese people indeed don’t all look alike. They are a mix of Aryan and Mongolian people. Some Nepalese groups, for example, include Gurung (Chinese looking), Chhetri and Brahmin (Aryan), Rai (Mongolian), and Newar (mix of Mongolian and Aryan).
I’m not exactly sure which ethnic races the people I’ve photographed belong to, but as you can see, they look different and beautiful!
I was walking away from the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu during the Shivaratri Festival when I saw the kids below. They were walking with their family and one thing I noticed was that they were the only ones who looked different.
I had left them already when I realized that I really wanted to take their picture. Good thing they agreed readily when I asked. The two girls have green eyes. Aren’t they beautiful? The kid hiding behind them is so cute, too.
The following kids I saw near Kathmandu Durbar Square, on their way to somewhere special as we can see from their clothes. Contrast them with the small girl in the next photo who’s carrying a huge sack of empty boxes. Indeed, the gap between the rich and the poor in Nepal can clearly be seen even on the streets.
What I also liked about Nepal is that the gender gap seems to be smaller here, at least compared to India (a recent report says India has one of the biggest gender gap in the world). I saw several women police officers and security guards in Kathmandu, and one in particular (photo below) caught my eye. I was glad she said yes when I asked to take her picture!
I only spent one week in Nepal–four days in Kathmandu and three days in Pokhara. There are so many more places to go there, so many people to meet. I hope in time, I’ll be able to go back and see again the beautiful people and country that is Nepal.