In Pictures: The streets of Nepal

Nepal streets from taxi

View from the backseat of a taxi

For me, one of the first and most exciting moments upon arrival to a new country is catching glimpses of the people, the architecture and the vibe of the destination from the taxi from the aeroport. I remember arriving for the first time in NYC and being entranced by the wasteland of overgrown weeds, rubbish, endless highways and construction, and high-rise tenements. (What can I say? I’ve always loved the gritty side of that city.)

Arriving in Nepal in and of itself is exciting enough. Even the name of the capital — Kathmandu — breathes exoticism and excitement. Throughout my recent trip to Nepal with Coca-Cola, I loved aiming my lens out the window and capturing the colour and the energy thrumming around me.

Why I was in Nepal

I went to Nepal with Coca-Cola on a #NepalNow project, seeing how the company supports women with its #5by20 project, which trains women entrepreneurs in its supply chain, and how it is helping rebuild after the 2015 earthquake by working with youth-oriented NGOs. Find out more about why I went and what it was all about here(Coca-Cola sponsored my travel, accommodations and other expenses in Nepal. All opinions are our own.)

Out of the window

You’ll be driving down a road and suddenly will see a vibrant flash of colour — a fuchsia saree or a stand with fruit and bright orange flower garlands. The scooters and motorbikes crowd around, traffic pushing in, winding in and out, beeping. They say getting there is half the fun. In Nepal, it’s also chaotic and beautiful and a riot of experiences, all happening just on the other side of the glass.

Here, a look at Kathmandu and Nepal, from the passenger seat.


scooter in Kathmandu

Loads of the riders wear rain ponchos, including little pockets for the wing mirrors



Some of the women wrap their scarves around their mouth and nose to keep out the pollution in Kathmandu



It’s all in the family



I loved the look of this straight-backed woman with saree and handbag hooked on the handlebar



Packed minibuses are a regular form of travel here. And no, the baby wasn’t driving


rickshaw in Kathmandu

Rickshaws used to be common, but now are relatively rare in Kathmandu, as motorcycles and scooters have taken over


road safety sign in Kathmandu

“Road safety is no accident” in Kathmandu


Nepal street scene

One of my first views out the window after landing. Love these colours


graffiti in Kathmandu

Kathmandu graffiti, with good advice in any language


Nepali writing in Kathmandu

I find the swooping forms of Nepali writing so beautiful and pleasing



Two ladies chat at a Kathmandu roasted corn stall, in front of a stack of bricks, a common sight throughout the city as it continues to rebuild after the 2015 earthquake



Fresh fruit abounds at a stand near Durbar Square in Patan, next to Kathmandu


boys in front of shop Kathmandu - Jenography

Boys loiter outside a shop in Kathmandu



We saw these long garlands made of orange flowers everywhere. If only they would have survived a trip home in my suitcase


bricks stacked in Nepal countryside on Jenography

On the drive up to Nagarkot in search of sunrise views of the Himalayans we passed larger piles of bricks, ready for use


stray dogs in Nepal

When it comes to the ubiquitous stray dogs, the advice couldn’t be clearer: Stay away. They carry rabies


cow at intersection in Nepal

Even cows know the Green Cross Code in Nepal


girls on building site Nepal

We spotted these girls atop a building in progress on the drive to Nagarkot


Himalayan foothills in Nepal

At last, cityscapes give way to the foothills of the Himalayas




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  1. September 28, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I have loved looking at these pictures Jen. Like you, I really enjoy that first journey from the airport, taking in the sights and sounds of a new country and city. Nothing says Asia like a seemingly chaotic road, ay! Families on scooters, buses packed to the roof! Haha. very interesting to see Nepal after the earthquake and your trip sounds very worthwhile. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  2. September 29, 2016 / 1:25 am

    Thanks for sharing a glimpse of Kathmandu, after the earthquake. The chaotc, the colour and the pollution… we have some similarity in Malaysia too;p.

    • September 29, 2016 / 10:46 am

      Thanks so much for your comment. There was so much to see and take in. Plus it’s so inspiring how the younger generation are tackling the problems.

  3. September 29, 2016 / 9:02 am

    What amazing photos – really feels like I have a taste of what it’s like there. Very reminiscent in some ways to countries I’ve visited in South East Asia – the bustle, the relaxed attitude to road safety and everywhere the glorious colours. What an incredible trip. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  4. Keith Dodrill
    November 4, 2016 / 5:25 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Nepal. You only saw a fraction of the country , though. Although it is a small country there is a lot to see and enjoy there. It has a number of National Parks where you can see birds, butterflies etc.for the tourist. Unfortunately, Nepal has its dark-side. It has a very bad Sex Trafficking Problem, whereby women and children (female of course) are trafficked into India and sold to Brothels to be used as sex-slaves thereafter. Women and children are tricked / kidnapped by gangs or people working alone by various means. Women have even been found in 52 of the American States being used in this manner! They are Not prostitutes because they do not get any revenue from their imprisonment/slavery. They do not live very long as they usually get Aids or other STD’so and receive no treatment. When they are no longer to “work” they are discarded to die or killed and disposed of somehow. Sorry if this shocks you, but I thought you should know about this situation.

    • November 6, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Hi Keith, Thanks for highlighting this. It’s a good reminder that while we are enjoying different countries and cultures, we should remain mindful of the politics and other goings-on.

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