I came to Nepal with much trepidation. Online research were flooded with issued travel warnings, various accounts of theft, riots, pollution, Maoists, etc.
With the installation of a new governing rule, I experienced none of the above. The city is polluted but no different from any other developing city. Bandanas or scarves were often seen worn over local faces to shield the smog.
Thamel and Durbar Square streets seemed to be the cleanest, probably due to the high traffic of tourists. There are the occasional piles of trash but nothing that can’t be avoided. The only intimidating experience was sharing walking space with motorcyles, cars, pedestrians, dogs, and the occasional cow, so stay alert.
Overall, the Nepalis people are good natured, friendly people…religion is their way of life. Street peddlers were not a nuisance and did not see or experience any form of harassment or trouble.
An absolutely beautiful culture.
over 4 years ago