Nepal – Blog
Kanchan Shrestha | November 7, 2017
Nepal is a small Himalayan country that is often regarded as a natural paradise owning to the beautiful landscape as well as Himalayan terrain it possesses. Our motherland – Nepal lies between two powerful nations India and China. Geographically Nepal is a landlocked country that possesses every form of natural beauty. From highest peaks in the world to flat plains, from dense tropical forests to alpine and barren lands, lush to arid landscape, hills, rivers and valleys, Nepal has it all. Besides, cultural aspect is another part of this beautiful country. In addition people with various castes, cultures and religions live together in harmony. Moreover, People are classify into 4 main castes and 36 sub castes. Each caste and sub castes have their own unique culture, tradition, dresses, dialects and lifestyle. Yet they live together in harmony with each other!
When it comes to natural beauty Nepal is a naturally divine country. After all eight among st the ten highest mountains namely Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho oyu, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Annapurna rises in the land of Nepal. Besides these eight highest mountains, there are many other mountains in Nepal which makes it a popular Himalayan country. Geographically, Nepal is divide into three geographical regions: Himalayan region, Hilly region and Terai region. Moreover Himalayan region consists of the mountains and mountainous terrain. Terai region consists of flat plains and dense tropical forests. Hilly region consists of hills, ups and downs with lush landscape. Resting in lap of Himalayas, Nepal is also bless with water resource in abundance.
Furthermore the fast flowing rivers in Nepal like Kaligandaki river, Bhotekoshi river, Trishuli river, Sunkoshi river, Karnali river, etc adds to the glory of nature. The dense and tropical forests in Terai preserve many species of floras and faunas. As well as it is a home to millions of birds and wild animals. The conservation areas in Nepal, preserve some unique species of animals and birds. These species are found nowhere but in the diverse geography and specific climatic region of Nepal. For instance Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park, Annapurna Conservation area, Langtang Conservation area, Makalu Barun Conservation area, Sagarmatha National Park, Shivapuri National Park, Kanchenjunga Conservation area, etc are some conservation areas and home to different species of floras and faunas in Nepal.
Nepal is a country with diversity of people. It is a home to people of 4 castes and 36 sub castes. They have their own unique culture, customs, festivals, languages, costumes and lifestyle. The people in Nepal are mostly Hindus but the people of other religion are also remarkable. The mountain regions is mostly inhabited by people who practice Tibetan Buddhist culture and the resemblance of Buddhist culture can be seen in the stupas, prayer flags, chortens and mani walls on the way.
Similarly, the artistic temples, palaces and stupas in Kathmandu are magnifcent. The eyed windows, handcrafts and wood works carve in walls and pillars of temples and palaces are majestic. The metal works are also truly inspiring. No wonder many heritage sites in Nepal are enlisted in the UNESCO listed world cultural heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath temple, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath temple, Changunarayan temple and Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha are among the heritages that have been able to maintain their name in the chart of UNESCO listed heritage sites.
Things to do in Nepal
One of the best things you can do in Nepal is trekking! There are various routes and various options in Nepal when it comes to trekking. From easy to strenuous, long to short, crowded to off beaten trail, Nepal has it all. You can opt for trekking in Everest region, Annapurna region, Lantang region or other off the beaten routes.
You can take a cultural tour around Kathmandu valley. Guided tours to UNESCO listed world cultural heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath temple, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath temple and Changunarayan temple can be an awesome experience.
If you are not that trekking lover and even the tour is simply too short for you, then you have option of hiking around for just view days to some vantage points around Kathmandu or other regions. Chisapani Hiking, Nagarkot Hiking, Daman Hiking, Dhulikhel Hiking, Sarangkot hiking, etc can be your options!
When it comes to adventure activities, Nepal has too many options. You can either opt for bungee jumping in Bhotekoshi or rafting in the fast flowing rivers of Nepal. You also have other options like paragliding, ultra light aircraft, zip flyer, boating, canoeing, rock climbing, expeditions, jungle safari and many more.
Some places in Nepal are simply too awesome to visit. And, the beautiful Pokhara city tops the chart. Pokhara gets the highest number of visitors every year owning to the fabulous beauty it possesses. Likewise, Lumbini, Illam, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, etc are also some of the alluring cities in Nepal.
Other information about Nepal
Capital – Kathmandu city
Official language – Nepali
Religion – Secular state (dominated by Hindu religion)
People denoted as – Nepalese
Government – Federal Parliamentary Republic
Area – 147,181 sq. km
Population – 28,982,771 (approximately)
Currency – Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Time zone – UTC + 05:45
Calling code – +977
Internet TLD – .np
Some value adding points about travelling in Nepal
- People are very generous, hostile and co-operative.
- Temperature in quite pleasant. (except in mountains)
- If by any change your trip gets cancelled for whatsoever reasons, you have many options to opt for in Nepal.
Some lagging points that you should be aware of:
- There is huge traffic on the way. Therefore, when you are in the capital city of Kathmandu, be mentally prepared to deal with traffic on the way.
- Flight delays and cancellation may occur owning to the difficult geographical terrain and climatic condition. Therefore, most recommend to keep aside a day as contingency to deal with issues like flight delay and cancellation.
- Though you travel to Nepal in best seasons, climate may run unpredictable. So, don’t get disappointed as who has control over Mother Nature.
- The capital city of Kathmandu is quite large with people, market and vehicle, therefore, set up your mentality accordingly.
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