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Old 10-28-2014, 02:26 PM
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I've been reading a Lonely Planet guide to Nepal for a trekking trip I'd like to do this spring coming. I was surprised, that even after looking for it in the index, there is zero mention of the British in the book.

I understand that they must have had some involvement in Nepal, but why does it seem so relatively shallow compared to India or Myanmar, for example? There's not even really anything that geographically bars Nepal's land from India's up until the Himalayas. Most of the population and industry is located on the plains which is basically about as arbitrary a sliver as can be when it comes to what seperates the two countries.

Why was their occupation so minor? And if it wasn't, why is it given such little attention? I wonder how the Nepalese dealt with the situation in comparison to the Indians.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:10 PM
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Nepali Gurkhas is the only non-Commonwealth people working in the British Army, they have this tradition for over 100 hundred years.
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:47 PM
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Nepal had it's conflict with the British during the colonial hayday, and then later became an ally with the British in it's colonial conflicts with India, so by that they gained some semblance of Independence. If you go to Nepal, in Kathmandu's old square, you will see some building with definitive European colonial influence, alongside old temples and more traditional medieval Hindu architecture.
The Gurkahs, as was mentioned, are still active in the commonwealth army.
With the semi-Maost republic today, those elements are somewhat down-played today. I also visited during the monarchy (still have some currency with the king on it).
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