Nepali Images in India

Posted in फोटो फिचर at 11:46 am by www.PHALANO.com

by Surendra Phuyal

Where else would you expect to meet more Nepalis than in the
right-next-door neighbor, India? Thanks to the open border and the age-old civilizational — and ecological, geographical, cultural,
ethnographical, historical and political ties —

A Gorkha army family takes a ride in downtown Lucknow.

Nepalis are everywhere in India from the snow-capped mountains of Himachal to Uttarkhand and Sikkim-Darjeeling to North East and the vast Indian plains. Their heart may still be Nepali, but they are mainly of two types – ethnic Nepalis who are now naturalized citizens of India and Pravashi Nepalis. Plus the Nepali expatriates.

Put them together, they should number more than half the present population of Nepal — 27 million, although exact head-count data doesn’t exist.  The Indian Nepalis can also be called Gorkhalis, although the word Gorkhali denotes one who originally hails from the ancient state of Gorkha, which later grew in shape and size. Around 1815 A.D., the Nepali state extended from Teesta River in the east to Kangra in the west. After the 1815 Sugauli Treaty between the East
India Company and the Rana rulers in Kathmandu, it got its present-day size from Mechi to Mahakali.

Assamese Nepali dances while her folks chat at a party in Delhi.

Indian Nepalis at a Thapa get together in Delhi.

A view from Paschim Killa Kangra, Himachal.

Delhi-based Nepal embassy officials wait for their new PM Koirala.

A Pokhareli Gurung family in Delhi.

The South especially Bangalore and its vicinity are fast emerging as a
hot destination for young Nepali yuppies and zippies. And away from
mainland India across the Bay of Bengal, I met another whole new world
of Nepalis. There, at the gateway to Burma and Thailand, I
chit-chatted with Nepalis raising water buffaloes along the humid
Brahmaputra basin in Assam. I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into
them in what’s often referred to as the forgotten Indian frontiers of
Arunachal Pradesh and across restive NorthEast.

Haryana based Nepali community members at the april 9, 2006  demo in Delhi.

Family of late master Mitra Sen Thapa in Himachal. Pashupati temple by Yamuna, Delhi (right).  

Darjeeling Nepali buying cucumbers near Assam. Darjeeling Nepalis at a Dharamshala shop (right). 

Mid-west women resettled in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

Mid-west children resettled in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Mumbai based Nepali origin singer Louis Banks alias Dambar Bahadur Budapriti with drummer son Dino Banks

(Left) Nepali bhariyas wait for takers in rain-drenched Shillong. (Right) Nepal army turned Maoist turned Chaukidar in a Delhi neighborhood.  

Nepali Krantikari at a recent Jantarmantar rally in Delhi.

Nepali origin leader in Indian parliament (right). Bharatiya Nepali musician Manohari Singh (left).

Nepali origin leaders in Indian parliament.

A shawl seller in Darjeeling (left). Nepalis in Lacknow Dhawa (right).

Youths from Dang at Delhi hotel.

The Nepali diaspora in India is as incredible as it’s intriguing, as
diverse as it is factional — or very rarely united. The
Darjeeling-Sikkim region, which has contributed so much for the
promotion of Nepali art, music, films, culture and literature, is
sometimes more Nepali than Nepal itself. From Kangra to Teesta — the
short-lived ‘Greater Nepal’ region — and from Mumbai to Goa and
Delhi, I came across different facets of what we call Nepaliness.
That’s why now I bet I have understood Nepal better — although I have
a whole new Explore Nepal assignments that are in the waiting as I
hold on to my career in journalism.

Nepali origin Thapa children in dharamshala.

Nepal’s activists with Shillong, Meghalaya, boys.

Okhla Pravashi Nepali wait for water tanker.

Paschim Killa Kangra in Himachal, the scene of Gorkha battle in 1806 AD.

Meantime, I shouldn’t forget to share my experience of meeting the
third — and a bit more interesting and promising — type of Nepalis.
While going on that Nepali-spotting spree across the length and
breadth of India, I also ran into Nepalis (read Nepali nationals)
serving with the United Nations and other international organizations
or the foreign service of Nepal government or media. On the whole,
whatever their profession or the way of life they have adopted,
wherever they may have landed, one thing that was very striking
amongst all the types was this: the lingo they speak and their
cultural and historical identity, that is Nepali. Before taking my
finger off the keyboard, I think I must thank popular Nepali band 1974
AD for making it happen.

I mean making ‘Jasogara Jegara Jatasukai Laijau Malai, Yo Man Ta Mero
Nepali Ho [Do whatever¦ whatever, wherever you take me, this heart is
Nepali]’ happen. The Indian Nepali diaspora — or the global one for
that matter — will be there with you for the much-needed chorus for a
long time to come. By now, I am sure I can vouch for most of them.

Pravashi Nepali and son at a demo in Delhi recently. Thapa girls in Delhi.

Rolpali Nepalis living in a slum in Delhi.

Two Nepali origin girls in Dharamshala Himachal Pradesh.

Buddhiram Subedi, 10, of Dang towing tourist horse near Shimla.

All pics by Surendra Phuyal  


  1. Jay Prakash Chaudhary, New Delhi said,

    March 26, 2007 at 11:39 am

    That a really good job, the pictures you have taken shows how Nepalis are struggling against the poverty and for the better life. Due to the lack of unemployment and peace millions of Nepalis are suffering like this. Wel done.

  2. Teena Thapa, New Delhi said,

    March 26, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Hey Surender!

    Great job done! I just came to know about this site thru someone. I would really like to thank you for putting in so much of efforts.

    For all Nepali bhai n baini who are complaining of this page being dominated by Thapas, plz dont feel so. It really doesnt matter who is Thapa, Gurung, Rai or whatever, we havent forgotten that we are Nepali. And thats the main concern.

    Thank Surender for making this page so exciting and knowledgable at the same time :-)

  3. rohit (kavreplanchowk) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 10:41 am

    hami nepali bhayar sadhai bhari bhachi rahana paum. purkha la rakheko nam ra kam hami khahilae nabirsau.
    actually i feel great when i open this web page and see the lot of nepalese in this site and also seing the nepalese community and the nepalese people ever love the country folk songs and enjoying it by dancing and also doing the jobs over there with loyality and faithfully.
    but i mean to know that we nepalese people are doing there in india with great faith and honesty but also why we are being hurts , why we are being beaten up by the indian people and why they always want to donimate the nepalese people .
    ha i just donot want to blame the indian because it is ours fortune to have it .
    any way thanx to the god
    who has made us in unity

  4. rohit (kavreplanchowk) said,

    March 27, 2007 at 10:43 am

    i forgot to ask where are the thakuri(shahi) people , can i see them .

  5. Rajesh Gurung, Brantford, Canada said,

    April 16, 2007 at 7:14 am

    Great job Surender jiu indeed….
    Some of these pictures show us that our community has to come forward and get together to help our brothers and sisters who are in trouble and really need help in India.
    Surender jiu, i would appreciate if you could cover some more nepalis settled in other parts of India.


    April 20, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    sabailai namaskar cha dili wala dede bani huru ra driect kangara

    himacal ka daju bhai dede bani huru mali photo harada ta dihili jao

    doha qatar ma chu mancha ko ksmat ho patanai khaya lagedinacha

    khai thaya hudena mero sati tank prasad chandigrah mai hunuhncha

    ma chandigrah ma huda ranbaxy company ma gartha ok by my good

  7. santhosh rawal said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    i went again this site but nothing new has been added so kindly request u to add something about bajhang people wht they do in other cities,so do the needful thing plz.

  8. santhosh rawal said,

    April 24, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Dear Rajesh firstly i congrats for such marvellous pics, if possible put the Bajhangi people whereabout & my email is rawal2006(at)rediffmail.com do email me .

  9. Rosha ,ktm said,

    April 27, 2007 at 1:34 pm


  10. Jennifer/ Melbourne said,

    May 6, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Mr Photographer, Let me thank you for your great effort in taking these photos. I am an Australian but I have married a Nepalese guy from Kathmandu and I am proud to say I do have a fair understanding of the history and the culture of Nepal.
    I could feel that some of the people here are not happy about Nepalese working in India!!?? Which I find is strange because if they go and work in USA, Japan, China etc, why is it considered so low to work in India? At least they can support themselves, not go hungry and have got the opportunity that Nepal somehow hasn’t been able to provide!! India hasn’t grabbed them by the neck and dragged them to work there!!
    I’m sorry if you find this offending but this a neutral view!! I think anybody with an understanding about the cultural resemblance of both these neighbouring countries would say the same thing!! Well, no hard feelings and nothing personal guys!! I think Nepalis are really brave and capable of surviving in the harshest of conditions and these pictures certainly portrait that!!

  11. kailash kumar Bajimaya said,

    June 3, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    my dear photographer bhaiyya

    You have done commendable job.you are centered around far east and far west.why dont you go to Kolkata to see the nepalese.

  12. Janak BC, New delih said,

    June 19, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Wonderful job!

    It’s really challenging to all nepali who are living far from their homeland. what have we done so far for our people? Thousands of our brothers and sisters are being slaved in India.. Not getting proper paid is another disaster factor for our people. Our country is fighting for constitution and making policies but people are being slaved day by day?

    Thank you so much..

  13. ashim lohani/miyagi,japan said,

    June 30, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    thanks for all who provided us to see the picture of core at in INDIA of nepalese society

  14. Binita/florida,USA said,

    July 6, 2007 at 2:41 am

    Really enjoyed the pictures….we really appreciate your effort…keep up the good work.

  15. ram Bangalore said,

    July 15, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for such a wonderful pictures and a touching narration. I hope that you are surely working to add some more on this. Thanks a lot.

  16. R`z said,

    July 23, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Mero Desh Mero Gaurav

  17. Priyanka Rai New delhi said,

    September 1, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    I am so proud to be Nepali n its so good to see the pictures of my people but do add some other Nepali community pictures beside Thapa coz they are not only the one. What about Rai N Subba. Since i am from Darjeeling i request u to put short articles about how Darjeeling became the part of India so the people in the world will come to know us. Beside this do put some pictures of our dresses. Lastely its easy to comment from the chair but the hard work u people have done is really something to be praised worthy, so as a Nepali dam proud to be I thank you all from the core of my Heart.

  18. B. B. Chhetry , Darjeeling , India said,

    September 3, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Neplai manche ma aja ko din ma pani INSANIYAT bhanini chiz thos roop ma cha . Neplai jasto rich language kunei pani chaina . Aja PRASHANT TAMANG le INDION IDOL ma top three ma pogera , Nepali harolai ekjor gare rakhecha.

    India ko Neplai matrai hoina , Nepal ra auro desh bara pani PRASHANT ko lage SMS poge rakhe chha.

    Jai Gorkhali , Gorkhali Jindabad

  19. enex bangalore said,

    September 5, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Keep the good work up.!!

  20. Shally /Bangalore said,

    September 8, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    im one of them nepalis in india n i know how much joy i get when i run into another nepali. theyre always warm n frenly no matter how hard their life maybe

  21. rohit said,

    September 10, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    here i am not come with the view to make the comment , but i come here with the view to say that please keep on voting in the indian idol for the fianl round for prashant tamang, if we have some faith for the country and for the sake of being nepalese please do it , it is the right time to some for the nepalese, and for our proud

  22. lukas/england said,

    October 3, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    nice but untidy job from him,, he want to show nepalese in india..but darjelling ,shillong,himachal,assamand many more are part of nepal.. india have to leave and freee this state …and should be given freedom,,beacuse these belong to nepal and nepali people and gurkha community…..the nepali political leader have to work again in sugali treaty , its should be make more simple and easy for better relationship with britain and nepal…they were not be involved india….because this treaty with nepal not with indian…ALL nepalese who born in india o other country have to give equal right as nepali born inside nepal..Nepal government should allow to give double nationality ,its help so much for development of nepall…..so ifeel sad for sahid and nepali people and myself being nepali..

    proud to be nepali… we wanna see a big nepal once again ,not broken so plz our political leader should be work on it…

  23. Mumbai said,

    October 6, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Long live nepalese ..where ever we live we are not divided into napalese or gorkhalis or nepali………………. We bear a common identity ..we are the all time winners


  24. Ganesh, Hotel Himanchal, Ktm said,

    October 16, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Bijaya Dashami 2064 ko Shubhkamana sathai Thanks alot for your hard work. Jaha gaye pani jo bhaye pani Nepal lai nabirshau.

  25. Jitendra Bahadur Chauhan Doha, Qatar said,

    October 19, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Happy Vijaya Dashami 2064 to all the nepalese and also Tihar in advance. Rajesh dai, really you have well done. I appreciate you for such tasks. keep it up brother.
    Thank you

  26. Ramji Poudel, London said,

    December 1, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you Surendra! for your efforts to explore and display the real pictures of Nepalese people living in India. It helps to create the feelings of solidiarity in the struggle of Nepalese people in foreign countries.

  27. parash mani kafle Doha Qatar said,

    December 4, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for this view. Because i like that

  28. Purushotam Bhattarai/West Virginia, USA said,

    December 12, 2007 at 7:53 pm


  29. bijay chhetri tura meghalaya India said,

    December 20, 2007 at 7:39 am

    well picturized n nicely written.but it seems we don’t care about child labour,prostitution n drugs,where many nepalees are enggaged or traped.instead of commenting on cast(thapa,rai,limbu,chhetri,bahun……!!!???)lets fight with this menace.Phuyal jiu bastav ma tapai bdhai ko patra hunuhunchh.its my requst to highlight selling of our sisters at brothel,nepali children labour and use of drugs by our youth in your site.lastly i appeal to all gorkha/nepali(veer)fight these menace.

  30. Kamal Lamsal said,

    January 1, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Yes, really, impossible is nothing. but, it doesn’t mean that efforts should not be properly evaluated. It’s just great! Valuable work has been done! Hurra!!

    I have evaluated photos, and in my openion Paschima Killa Kangada (a curved river and a fort) are the best photos.

  31. surya bhusal, sydney said,

    February 3, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    really nice pictures showz da lifestyle of nepalese people in india but never 4get our relision n nationality……..j van, jaso gar, jata sukai laujau malai, yo man ta mero nepali ho…….. jai nepal

  32. Milan shrestha /korea said,

    April 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the team for good photos..

  33. M. Raj Timcena / Mumbai said,

    April 28, 2008 at 2:01 am

    It’s always a good feeling to see our people, specially when we are hundreds of miles away from home. Even I’m this far, you people made me felt as if I’m at home. Thanks a lot and cheers. Keep up the good work.

  34. narendra Bisht said,

    May 14, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Nice photos
    But one thing let all Neplese know “Jodinu uttam , Tukrinu Khattam ” from different media.
    Narendra Bisht
    High Mountain Biodiversty Conservation Project , Bajhang

  35. Surendra Paudyal/ Kathmandu, Nepal said,

    June 8, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Join together all the Nepalese people who are living in Nepal and abroad for peace and prosperous Nepal.

  36. Alex said,

    June 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    It is nice to see that so many Nepali brothers are living in India.
    As an Indian, the Nepali culture fascinates me and I love the Nepali people
    Nepal is beautiful and so are her people.

    Nepalis are very welcome to live in India, we love you.

    Just one request, please don’t hate Indians.

    Nepal rocks
    Jai Nepal
    Jai Bharat

  37. Pahadiya said,

    June 15, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    hey whats that ? do u know smth about ethnic? nepal is between india and china and nepalese r from indian origin and mongolian origin and mixed between them. what about people from terai ? r not they nepali or wat? so its not easy to find nepali in india or world coz most of them look like indian too,so not only mongolian lookin people r nepali ,u know-4 jaat ra 36 barna ko fulbari- is nepal. so pls show indian lookin nepalese too from india or world dont do any racial discrimination.
    you know this racial descrimination has laid Nepal as one of the least developed country. Take care

  38. Preeti Sharma said,

    June 23, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks to the phalano.com for providing us the messageful photographs. When i saw the pictures i felt most of the pictures are representing the worse condition of the Nepales in the india. Many Nepali are migrated from Nepal and compailed to serve bad life. So, i heartly suggest to the Government of Nepal to some thing for Nepali unemployment people. Pls, create the job opportunities in Nepal. Nobody want to leave their country.

  39. Krishna gurung india goa said,

    June 29, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Krishna Gurung/Texas,india said,

    june 29, 20088 at 11:25 am

    Wow, looking at the pics gave me the nostalgia, they are wonderful, great effort has been taken by the photographer, I feel proud to be a Nepali. And where ever we stand on this earth we should never loose our identity.Because we are who we are, we are what we are, and that is the way we should be.
    Krishna Gurung india. Goa
    i love nepal

  40. Ajit said,

    August 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Who so ever came up with this idea of phalano.com, I must say it is brilliant!! I am based out of Delhi but get to see and meet so many of our fellow Nepali folks across India in hotels, restaurants, offices and social get together.. It is nice to see how well Nepalese people integrate into the social fabric in every region and yet keep their identities alive. While this happens there is bound to be the fallouts which maybe favorable or unwanted.. We need to understand that there is beginning to every journey and where it leads is how we walk it. I am based in Delhi and am actually a Bengali born in terai belt of Nepal (Nepali by citezenship) and studied in Kalimpong, I feel completely connected with Nepal and the Darjeeling District and everytime I come across a fellow Nepali irrespective of his or her origins, this feeling gets stronger.. This is great forum and wish it all the success in bringing Nepali people across the world together..

  41. prem singh bohara said,

    July 12, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    hello i am prem bohara form faridabad i am an com engg.
    i am just found the our cultcure

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