Interesting facts about Nepal

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Wedged between the high wall of the Himalaya and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras.

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country located in South Asia.

Nepal is the oldest country in South Asia.

Nepal is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India.

Nepal have population of approximately 27 million people.

Nepal has over 80 ethnic groups and 123 languages.Official language is Nepali.

Kathmandu is capital of Nepal with population of 741,000 people.

nepal kathmandu

Major religions in Nepal are Hinduism and Buddhism.

Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu valley alone has 7 World Heritage Cultural sites within a radius of 15 kilometers.

Siddhartha Gautam – Buddha – was born in Kapilvastu, Lumbini which lies in Nepal. Lumbini is a sacred place for Buddhists.It is also granted World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 1997.

lumbini buddhas born place

Bouddhanath Monastery, Nepal’s largest monastery located east of Kathmandu. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the world. Bouddhanath Stupa is one of Nepal’s most holy sites for the Buddhist faith. The atmosphere of the whole place lightens up with zest as fragrance of incense drifts through the air. This Stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO.

bouddhanath stupa

Nepal was never under any foreign invasion.

The flag of Nepal is the only national flag in the world that is not rectangular.

Greetings in Nepal is similar to the greetings in India– people put their palms together and then bow their forehead, saying “Namaste,” which directly translates to “I salute the God in you”.

namaste

Sherpas, an ethnic group from the eastern mountainous part of Nepal, are usually employed as porters for mountain expeditions because, on account of their genetics and upbringing, they do not suffer the effect of altitude as adversely as other people do.

sherpas nepal

Cows are sacred in Nepal. Recently turned secular, Nepal still has the highest proportion of Hindus in the world.

Nepali Calendar is 67 years ahead of Gregorian Calendar.

Nepal has the only living goddess in the world called Kumari. Kumari literally means virgin in Nepali.

Touching anything with your feet is considered offensive in Nepal.

Abominable Snowman, called as Yeti, is said to be spotted in the Himalayan region of Nepal.

Elephant polo, a variant of polo played on riding elephants, was originated in Meghauli, Nepal.

The total distance of Nepal’s railways is 57 kilometers (35 miles).

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