Taking an unprecedented historical approach, author Diwaker Chand presents an uncensored and bona fide examination of tourism -- past, present and future. Interviews with living historians are presented. This book is also a visual record, replete with rare and priceless photographs, which provides not only a portrayal of events and people, and also offers an analysis of every era of Nepal's development.
Nepal's history is rooted in isolationism and exploitation and has been bounded in on every side by the actions of self-interested and autocratic rulers who have lacked an outward-looking political and economic vision.
The visit of the Rana prime ministers to the West and the deployment of Gurkha solderis during the two World Wars marked the opening of Nepal to the Western world. But it was not until the advent of democracy in the late 1950s that led to other major events, which heralded a more "open door" policy to tourism in Nepal.