Politically, Nepal is located between India and China

Nepal’s neighbors are none other than the upcoming super powers of the world: the Celestial Empire of China to the north and Hindustan to the south. And while both these countries are making major inroads into the world power structure, or perhaps because of it, Nepal has managed to remain distant from all this frivolous quest for power and is still an underdeveloped country with a falling Human Development Index ranking.
Even though these two countries seem equidistant from Nepal, it is closer to its southern neighbor both culturally and politically. Also, the grapevine has it that the powers that be have a gentleman’s agreement that Nepal is under the sphere of influence centered at the South Block in New Delhi. However, Chinese influence has seen a marked increase, especially along the northern frontier. Also, while China and India are the big boys on the block, the NATO boys aren’t exactly absent and have considerable influence too.

India influence in Nepal, Bollywood

What does this mean for you?

  1. There will be a lot of Indian music in buses, taxis and parties.
  2. There will be a lot of cheap Chinese goods available in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
  3. There will be a lot of Chinese restaurants in Thamel, the tourist hubspot of Kathmandu.
  4. The snow lion flag is an unofficially banned merchandise but surprisingly, monasteries affiliated with Tibet dot the hills surrounding Kathmandu, all thanks to the NATO boys.
  5. If there are disagreements between India and Nepal, it might happen that Nepal undergoes a severe fuel shortage.

Only in Nepal

  1. Nepali people find it surprising and sometimes downright offensive that a lot of people think Nepal is a part of India. We will come to the dynamics of that relationship in a bit, but suffice it to say now that “DO NOT blurt it out in front of a Nepali.” Nepal is not a part of India and never has been.