Due to the powerstruggle between the Maoists, the government and the puppets of the King in Nepal, the situation was tense on the streets. Strikes were followed by curfews and the Nepali could not go out of their houses, while we as tourists could wander about.
In any other country the people would protest, likely very violent. And though there were some demonstrations, nothing much happened. You might have seen enormous fights, bombs, gunshots and what have you, but as always the foreign -our- media liked to blow everything out of proportion. The average person on the street was inconvenienced but as always happy. The Nepali are for a large part dependent on tourism and the strikes hit them hard. But few complain and they try to make the best of the situation as always. This girl was waiting at the temple until the curfew was over. If you cannot move anywhere without risking the chance of being arrested or beaten, you might as well be at a nice cool and holy spot. And complaining might seem the best way, but most Nepali know that a smile will get you much further.