The First Mile

Ep4: Second Dispatch from Nepal: The Gurkhas and the British Army

November 11, 2020

Dispatch from Nepal: The Gurkhas and the British Army

The relationship between the British Army and Nepal’s Gurkhas has been a long standing one, and in our second immersive Dispatch episode, Ash Bhardwaj travels to Nepal to join a photographic journey led by two ex-Gurkha officers.

From digging into the intensity of the Gurkha selection process, to understanding the history and bond between Britain and Nepal, this episode discusses how travel can intersect with history and teach us more about our own society, as well as the country we’re visiting.

This episode that will capture your imagination and transport you to the highest mountains of the world, alongside two people who've made it their life's work to understand the country and its people.

In this episode, discover:

  • The history of the Gurkhas.
  • How Nepalis become Gurkha soldiers.
  • The pull for becoming a Gurkha - and the social implications becoming one.
  • The Gurkha welfare pensioners.
  • What it’s like being a British Officer in the Gurkhas.
  • The ethics of cultural tourism, and choosing companies to travel with.

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