Nepali villages are very close-knit communities. Everybody knows everybody else, their family, and their ancestors. Often the communities are interlinked by marriage too.
The mountainous terrain of Nepal and the lack of roads means that getting around takes time, and access to things like schools or hospitals is very difficult. It’s not uncommon for children to have to spend two hours walking to school, or for hospital to be a two day trek away.
As a result, Nepali villages are largely self-dependent. There is little evidence of the outside world – either very limited shops or none at all, no sign of the government, no police or health-workers. Many have no electricity and few have running water. If a Nepali wants something they normally have to do it themselves.
This separation has resulted in a diverse mass of ethnic groups, languages and cultural practices. Often one village’s practices are different from the next, even though they are only an hours walk apart.
As such, it’s difficult to generalise, but one thing is common: it’s a very tough life.
More about life in a Nepali village
Villages in Nepal are vibrant, noisy, and communal places and the social, economic, and political centres of Nepali life.
Each village is usually made up of a number of different ethnic groups living side by side somewhat harmoniously, and who can trace back their history and relationships within the community for at least several generations.
Often village members are related to each other and to other villages in the region and families often look for marital possibilities for their daughters and sons. Villages are usually spread quite wide and the following graph shows how far villagers must walk to reach amenities:
NEPAL RURAL TOUR
Nepal Rural Tour is one of the best tour packages to learn the real life, culture and tradition of Nepali people in the country side. The major destinations of Nepal rural tour are listed below.
Kakani: Kakani is situated in the north-west of Kathmandu valley. Kakani tour takes about two hours drive from Kathmandu city. Wonderful view of Himalayan ranges, including Gaurishanker (7134meter), Langtang, Choba Bhamare (6016meter) and Ganesh and Manaslu Himal (8163meter), is the main attraction of Kakani sightseeing.
Palanchowk Bhagawati: Planchowk Bhagwati is a very popular temple of goddess Bhagawati which is known also as Kali. This temple in Kavre district is about 42km from Kathmandu and is about two hours drive from the Kathmandu city. This temple has a three feet long idol of goddess Kali, carved in a black stone. The statue of the is Kali the best example of workmanship in Nepal.
Panouti: Panouti is one of the oldest Newari towns with beautiful old temples and traditional houses.
Namo Buddha: Namo Buddha stupa is situated on top of the hill. To get to Namo Buddha it takes about two hours walking or 30 minutes drive from Panouti.
Timal Narayan: Timal Narayan is a god dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Timal Narayan temple is situated at an altitude of 2,134 meter in Kavre district. The temple area is the best place to view the beautiful Gaurishanker Himal and many other peaks, including Sun Kosi (Gold River)..
Daman: Daman lies 80km south-west of Kathmandu valley at the height of 2,400 meter, which is about four hours drive from the Kathmandu city. This is the best view point to see the world's highest peak Mount Everest (8,848 meter), Dhaulagiri (8,167meter), Annapurna range, Gaurishanker and many other peaks. A view tower equipped with long range Telescope is in Daman.
Charikot: Charikot, the headquarters of Dolakha district, provides spectacular mountain view of Gaurishanker Himal. It is about 133km far from Kathmandu. The very famous Bhimsen temple is in Charikot.
Gorkha: Gorkha is the birthplace of King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal. There is an old royal palace know as Gorkha Durbar . The palace situated on top of the hill is worth to visit. The solders of Gorkha who fought for the unification of Nepal are considered to be as brave as the world's renounced Gorkha solders.
Tansen: Tansen is one of the historical places in western Nepal. This hilly town is the best place to tour in the summer. Tansen is the headquarters of Palpa district. Tansen is one of the cultural towns of Newari people outside the Kathmandu valley that offers you the wonderful panoramic views of snowcapped mountains.
Antu Danda: Antu Danda is situated at an altitude of 1,677meter in Ilam district in eastern Nepal. Antu Danda is famous for its unique views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. The hills of Darjeeling, India can be seen from Antu Danda. Tour to Antu Danda is an opportunity to see and enjoy the beautiful tea gardens.