‘A glimpse into Nepalese life’

Local boy, Dallu, Kathmandu (Sue Grech Cumbo) Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu (Sue Grech Cumbo) Local Nepalese man, Nepal (Sue Grech Cumbo) By the riverbanks of Pashupatinath Temple, Unesco World Heritage Site, Kathmandu (Sue Grech Cumbo) Boudhanath Temple, Unesco World Heritage Site, Kathmandu The green hills, Nepal

My favourite nationality of people are by far Nepalese people along with Tibetans, both of whom live in this picturesque country! These people are humble, kind and in my opinion, the nicest people on the planet!

The country is graced with beautiful green landscapes and temples which you will inevitably be captured by, whether you’re trekking up one of its many mountains or sitting in a tea shop, just watching life go by.

Behind the local people’s heart-warming smiles and compassionate nature, most Nepalese people live in hardship everyday. Nepal is an impoverished country whose lack of economical development is directly related to their lack of education.

I lived with a local family in a small town called Dallu in Kathmandu. We had electricity between 6am and noon everyday, then none at all for the rest of the day. The weather was sunny during the day but can get very cold at night time. Hot water is limited due to the fact that electricity is so scarce, so their only option is to heat up a bucket of water in the morning when the electricity was available or settling for a cold shower later in the day, but they continue to wear their humble smile.

I just couldn’t get my head around it! Nepal has some of the largest mountains and rivers in the world, yet one of the highest water and electricity deficiencies WHY?

After speaking to many locals, I came to understand that the Nepalese government has sold and continues to sell its rivers, bordering lands and exports its water and half of its electricity to India with no trace of where the money goes, leaving the people with daily electricity for only fifty per cent of the time and not enough water to supply the entire country. In Kathmandu when one side of the town has electricity then the other doesn’t, and vice versa.

Nevertheless, it is one of the most memorable countries I have ever visited! Kathmandu city alone has some of the most remarkable UNESCO World Heritage sites I’ve ever seen and walking through Nepal’s unspoiled mountains and greenery is an unforgettable experience that will undoubtedly leave a mark on you!