This is a comment that was made in the article Nepalese Racial Types. This fellow is from Nepal and he lays out the various ethnic and racial types that exist in Nepal. Comments are welcome.
This is what Dor Bahadur Bista says about Nepal’s caste system in his book fatalism and development: Nepal is essentially divided into three different ethnic groups: the Khas, the Kirat, and the Madhesi people who live in the Terai region of Nepal.
The Madhesis are basically related to Indians. They look like people from Bihar and UP. The Kirat people are the mongoloid people of Nepal. These include people like the Rai, Tamang, Limbu and Magar. They are the indigenous people of Nepal. And then we have the Khas. These are my people.
The Khas are descendents of the non-Vedic Aryans. These include the Bahuns (Brahmins) and the Chettris (Kshatriyas or Warrior caste). The epic Mahabharata depicts the Khas people as lower-caste people. However, after India got invaded by Muslims, some Brahmins fled to Nepal, and started enforcing the caste system in Nepal. While some Bahuns today are probably descendents of these Indian refugees, the vast majority are basically speaking Khas people.
The Damai, Sarki and Kami are some of the untouchable castes of the Khas community. These were people who became untouchable because they resisted the caste system. Had they embraced the caste system, they would have been either Chettri or Bahun. While many people of these castes show some mongoloid admixture, they are overwhelmingly Caucasian. They seem to be even more Caucasian than the Bahuns.
For some reason, many Bahuns seem to look Indian. I am myself a Bahun who looks Indian, but I have been mistaken for Iranian by Iranians themselves.
Here is an example of a Nepali phenotype.
This guy is a Damai-Sarki per the photo description. This guy would be an untouchable in Nepal. He shows some mongoloid admixture, but he is overwhelmingly Caucasian.
This guy is from West Nepal. Typically speaking, Western Nepalis tend to be Khas people, although they are spread out everywhere.
Here is BP Koirala with Indians. BP Koirala is the tall guy with black hat. BP Koirala is a typical Khas Bahun.
Supposedly, Khas people have the same origin as the Kashmiris and Kalasha people. The Khas people had an empire stretching from Kashmir to Western Nepal.
I have actually seen one blonde guy in Nepal, so blondism isn’t very common. Most Khas people typically have black or brown hair, brown eyes and generally speaking sharp features. I had a Kashmiri Muslim friend growing up, and I always thought he was Nepali because he had similar features to Bahuns and Chettris.
I must also say that it is very difficult to classify Bahuns and Chettris. While some look like Indians, others look like Kashmiris. Kashmiris basically look like Afghans and Iranians. I must also mention that I have seen Bahuns who have Mongoloid features.