"The Land of Mt. Everest and Birth Place of Lord Buddha !!!"
Nepal is the land of remote mountain villages where people survive by growing their own food on the thousands of hill terraces that scale even the steepest lopes. 86% of the populations in Nepal are subsistence farmers but mechanized farming is unheard of here; the fields are ploughed by water buffalo, and ox, the corn harvested and threshed by hand and ground by water mills.
The country is virtually road less so travel throughout the hill regions is only possible on foot and all basic goods have to be carried by men or beasts. Many areas lack basic facilities like drinking water, elementary education and medical facilities. But many touristy areas are sufficiently developed for your stay to be comfortable. The past splendor and glory of this land can be seen in the architectural expression still to be found in the ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
Nepal is well known as a mystical land of unparalleled variety with the altitude of 70m above the sea level in the south & 8848 m height of Mt. Everest in the north. This vast diversity in altitude has reflected to our unique culture. Verities of ethnic groups have their own dramatic culture, language and dialects but most of them can communicate in Nepali. Nepal is famous for the beauties of nature by the soaring peaks of the Himalayas, green valleys, terraced farmlands, hilly foot trails & the forested plains full of rare wild lives including the lordly tiger, one horn rhinoceros. The religious homogeneity is next unique feature for Nepal. The flourishing of art and architecture of Nepal reflect the artistic ingenuity & the religious tradition of people as well. The crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorge and hot springs can be well thought-out as the major astonishing point of Nepal & plants like orchids & laden rhododendrons is as charming as you can visualize.
Nepal has captivated the imagination of mountaineers, explorers and all the manner of foreign visitors since it first opened its door in the 1950s. A lot of tourist visits Nepal to scale an unconquered peak, others to undertake scientific research in the high mountains, some come to complete an energetic trek or high-adrenaline rafting trip, others to enjoy the peace and cultural richness of Nepal's lower slopes and valleys. Nepal is known as trekking Paradise. One trek is rarely enough in Nepal, and many visitors soon find themselves planning to return. Many visitors come to Nepal expecting to find these things but also discover how outstanding friendly the Nepalese are.
Nepal at a glance:
Official Name: Federal democratic republic of Nepal
Total Area: 1, 47,181 Sq. Km.
Geography: Situated in between China in the north and India in the south
Capital and largest city: Kathmandu
Population: Approx. 28.8 Million
Official Language: Nepali (there are many regional languages like Newari, Tharu, Magar. Sherpa etc. English is also widely spoken and understood by city dwellers and travel-trade people)
Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
Religion: Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim, Christianity
People: 101 Ethnic groups and more than 92 spoken languages
Political System: Federal Democratic Republic
International Calling Code: +00977
Nepal is only country that boasts:
More uniqueness of Nepal:
Nepal occupaying just 0.1% of earth is home to 2% of all flowering plants (600 indigenous plant families and 319 species of orchids) 8% of the bird population, (more than 500 species.
The unique culture and tradition is the Nepal’s striking attraction. People living in Nepal has got their own culture and tradition and the culture of one ethnic group is completely different from another. Nepal’s culture is highly influenced by its religion, social values and tradition. People of Nepal have got their own way of living blended with the combination of social customs, traditional values and regulations. Nepal is a multi-cultural country and its unique culture is and tradition is…Read More
Nepal is naturally embodied with varieties natural plants and other vegetation. There are more than 6500 known species of trees, shrubs and flowers found in Nepal. Nepal is also a habitat for numerous species of wildlife including one horned Rhino. Many national parks and conservation areas are constructed for the preservation and protection of plants and animals in Nepal.
Nepal’s flora and fauna can be classified as:
Tropical Deciduous Monsoon Forest:
Nepal is rich in traditional art, craft and architecture. The paintings, handicrafts and antiques of Nepal have their own significance and traditional importance. Nepalese art and craft of Nepal has been strongly influenced by religious beliefs of the country. The art work of Nepalese artists are decorative, delicate and beautiful. The most typical forms of art are paintings and sculptures of Nepalese artists. The handmade Buddhists crafts and thankas are equally important part of Nepalese art and crafts. The…Read More
Nepal is located in South Asia in between India in the south and China in the North. The total area of Nepal is 1, 47. 181 Sq. Km. Nepal has got diverse geographical distribution. Nepal is divided in to three physiographic regions namely; the mountain region, The Terai region and the Hilly region. The Terai region is also called the bread basket of Nepal as the plain land is ideal for cultivating crops. Most part of the Terai region…Read More
Nepal has a long and glorious history of existence. Many dynasty and rulers have ruled in Nepal during the early centuries. It is believed that the Kiratis arrived in the 7th or 8th century from the east and started to settle in Nepal. The Buddhist mythology suggests that Buddha and his disciple came to Kathmandu and stayed in Patan. Hinduism started to flourish as Lichhavis came to Nepal and overthrew the Kirati King. During the Lichhavi era the Hindu…Read More
Nepal was a Hindu Kingdom until 2008 reflecting the predominant influence of Hinduism in Nepal. However, the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautam, was also born in Kapilvastu of Nepal – thus molding the culture of Nepal in its own unique Hindu-Buddhist blend. Muslims constitute the second largest population by faith. Then come the Christians and others like Sikhs, Roman Catholics, & the followers of new religions like Baha’i, etc. Thus, Nepal is a diverse country from religion’s point of…Read More
Nepal is a land of non stop festivals country. For the Nepalese, festivals are not merely the annual spectacles, but also are a living part of their rich cultural heritage. Festivals effectively bind together the Nepalese people of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs into one nation. There are more than 50 major festivals in a year celebrated by Nepalese. Although most of these festivals are religious some have historical significance, while others are seasonal celebrations. Most Nepalese festivals are…Read More
Nepali music and genre is highly dispersed due to diverse geographical and ethnical distribution. There are more than fifty ethnic minority and each of them have their own musical genre, instruments and linguistic verses. It is believed that the Newari music flourished during the medieval era. Different traditional instruments like Madal, Tabla, Harmonium, Dhime Baja etc. are still into existence. The different ethnic group have still preserved their traditional music that resembles their culture and traditional values. Deuda is a…Read More
Nepal boasts a population of more than 26 million people made up of over 40 diverse races and tribes that we call ethnic groups living in different regions with diverse culture, languages and dialects. Such is the diversity of Nepal’s population that travelers can experience a range of lifestyles from the Stone Age in the far west and mountain regions to the quickly modernizing lifestyles in Kathmandu. The two major groups in Nepalese society are Tibeto-Burman (Mongols) from the North…Read More
Nepal is sub divided into three main regions namely the mountain region, the high hills and the plain Terai region. The climatic condition differs from one region to another. Though Nepal has got diverse climatic pattern, the weather is quite predictable in most part of the country. Unlike the western calendar, Nepali calendar divides the year round weather into six categories of seasons. The higher mountain regions and above observe heavy snow fall during winter. On the other hand, the…Read More
Was traveling with a friend through India and Nepal, my one "must do" in Nepal was to see Mount Everest. Didn't have enough time to do the trek and the flight around the Himalayas seemed lame. We found the option to have a freaking helicopter take us up into…Read More