“Little kathmandu” is how some locals refer to Aldershot, south-west of London. A walk down the high street shows why. Some road signs have been translated into Nepalese. Shopfronts bear notices in the same language, including Namaste Travel and Tours, which advertises cheap shipping to the Himalayas. The quiet Hampshire town and its surroundings are home to more than 6,000 Nepalese, mostly the families of former Gurkhas, recruited from Nepal by the British army.