Road brings jeans, satellite TV to Himalayan Shangri-La

A Himalayan Shangri-La that was closed to visitors until 1992, the former Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang in Nepal is facing unprecedented change as a new highway brings modernity to the roof of the world.
Nepal's government barred foreigners from here until 1992 and now charges a hefty entrance fee... in a bid to keep visitor numbers down and protect the area’s unique culture. Today many fear the road will do what tourism couldn't... and replace traditional clothing and hand-stitched Tibetan boots with imported jeans and sneakers.

 

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Updated Date: Jul 18, 2016 17:00:05 IST

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