Nepal has marked its presence and its significance strongly to the world and for many reasons. It would not be incorrect to say that Nepal is a safe country to travel to. With its legendary Himalayas, Nepal is a landlocked country in Asia between India – on three sides, and the Republic of China – to the north. The capital, and the largest city in Nepal, is Kathmandu, which is situated in Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley also comprises two other queen cities: Patan and Bhaktapur and together all three cities in Nepal offer an unparalled collection of World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu acts as a base from which to begin your journey to anywhere in Nepal. All our travellers start from Kathmandu since the only International Airport is located here. In terms of religion, the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal is identified as the land of gods, and provides a place for perfect coexistence of two of the world’s major religions – Hinduism and Buddhism. Religious tolerance, practice and coexistence is evidenced in the numerous fine examples of temples, stupas and monasteries which are dotted all over Nepal, not forgetting the uncountable hidden backstreet stupas, shrines and temples. The cultural landscape in Nepal is still intact and very diverse with more than a hundred ethnic groups residing here. In Nepal, traditional culture is an integral part of everyday life which people follow despite the various kinds of progress the country, its society, and people are heading towards. People here are extremely tolerant, hardworking and lead a simple life. Children are taught responsibilities at a young age and people here usually have happy faces and are willing to help each other, including foreigners, as people in Nepal believe their guests are equals to divinity! Nepal is the perfect place to live a simple life and yet enjoy some of the greatest adventures. With the tallest mountains – including the highest mountain, Mount Everest, being located here and with some of the best trekking trails, nature has been very generous to Nepal. The mountains and the trekking trails are more renowned than anywhere else in the world making Nepal the ultimate destination for climbers and trekkers. Another unique introduction to Nepal could be as the birthplace of Buddha, the great Sherpa climbers, yaks and yetis, the Living Goddess, Kumari, etc. Many also associate Nepal with prayer flags, Monasteries, Khukuri (the authentic Nepali curved knife carried by Nepali Soldiers) and Gurkha Soldiers.
Nepal offers as many spectacular tourist destinations and chances for exploration in which to immerse oneself. And every year Nepal welcomes nearly a million tourists, and none leave Nepal without having made many great memories!!
Area: 147,181 sq. km (56,827 sq. mi).
Longitude and Latitude: 27°42′N 85°19′E / 27.700°N 85.317°E
Population: 28.98 million – based on the 2016 census.
Capital City: Kathmandu.
People and Ethnicities: There are more than a hundred ethnic groups residing in Nepal. Among them few are: Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar, Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Tharu, etc.
Languages: While Nepali is the official language, different ethnic groups have different primary languages and English is understood among many. There are over 80 languages spoken.
Religion: Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim, Christianity, Islam, Kirat.
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR).
Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic.
Major Industries: Tourism, Handicrafts, Agriculture and Water Resources, Herbs, Food, Metal manufacturing.
On being colonized: Nepal has never been colonized and has no ‘Independence Day’ to celebrate.
The capital city, Kathmandu, has more UNESCO Heritage Sites than any other place in Nepal. There are seven of the ten in Nepal all within a radius of fifteen kilometres.
8 out of 10 of the highest mountains in the world are situated in Nepal.
Nepal is seen as the best place for Ayurveda researchers and also honey hunters.
The world’s tallest grassland is in Chitwan, Nepal.
Tilicho Lake: One of the highest Lakes in the world, at an altitude of almost 5,000 meters, is located in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas in the Manang district of Nepal.
The calendar in Nepal is 67 years ahead of the Gregorian Calendar.
There are 330 million Gods and Goddesses in Hindu Mythology and the Nepalese worship them all.
In the past:
• Only a few foreigners were allowed in Nepal before the year 1951 and later Nepal became a favourite place for hippy travellers.
• In the year 2006, Nepal was finally freed from the decade long Maoist Insurgency.
• Nepal used to be the only Hindu nation in the world.