Tailor Made Nepal
Nepal is so painfully beautiful and so
mystical a country that nothing you have experienced before can prepare
you for such an encounter.
From Mount Everest to Kathmandu's
extraordinary temples, the National museum, which is probably the best
place to begin one's voyage to Nepal to understand its complex history
and patchwork culture, Nepal is not the "chasse gardée" of mountain
climbers and over-aged hippies seeking spiritual enlightenment.
The Nepalese people are grounded in reality. "Parents are similar or
equal to God" (Pitri devo bhava, matri devo bhava) say the
Nepalese. They respect their elders, seek out their advice, and in so
doing, recreate constantly the age-old link to their ancestors. They
have a true appreciation for family life, for religion and culture and
this is obvious in their daily life.
Situated between two giants, India and
China, Nepal has had its share of different factions, discontent and
political strife - "The god's name in the mouth, but in the pocket a
knife" is but one of many proverbs which offer us glimpses into the
social construct of this strange country.
Yet, India and China have brought so much
to the making of Nepal, over centuries of trade, political and religious
exchange. The population itself, (27 million) consists in over forty
diverse ethnic and social groups, spread over different altitudes, and
living incredibly varied urban or cultural lifestyles: whoever has
reached certain villages, high up in the hills, where, eerily, villagers
seem to live in the Stone Age, one suddenly longs for Kathmandu's
stylish and colourful cafes.
You will find our Nepalese Treks