Nepal is a country in transition in many aspects: The king has resigned and a new parliament is working out a new constitution, trying to overcome the damages caused by the civil war and to give a voice and the chance to develop to the many ethnic minorities throughout the country. While in rural regions life is going on as it has during centuries, the capital is rapidly growing, facing many of the problems of cities in developing countries. Many parameters indicate that Nepal is the poorest country in Asia, while its two neighbours, India and China, are fast growing and becoming global key players.
How will Nepal move into democracy? And how should the rural villages develop, keeping their originality, their intact social structures and zest for life while improving their standard of living?
In April 2009, a trip organised by the "Initiative for Intercultural Learning" ( in collaboration with the USSHA Foundation was seeking for answers to these questions.
Some impression from the capital Kathmandu and the old royal city of Bhaktapur can be found here.
Pictures from the rural life in the villages at the foot of the Annapurna mountain can be found here.
Kathmandu  On the way to Gandruk  Riwan

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