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Nepal stands proudly with its unique features among the two domineering neighbouring countries India and China. Though small in its size, there is a lot that this country holds which many of the people in the world may not be aware of. The features that this country possesses in its total area of 1,47,181 square km is staggering. Here, we provide you with the interesting information on Nepal. People commonly ask “is nepal in india?”. Question asking about Nepal in India is totally wrong. Nepal is a country in between India and China.
Information on Nepal (Interesting Facts about Nepal)
- Nepal is between India and China
Nepal is a landlocked country situated in between India and China. It is divided into three regions: Mountainous, Hilly and Terai-based on the east-west belt division. Though small in size, the natural beauty and diversities it possesses are tremendous.
- Nepal has Mount Everest
Talking about the natural beauty of Nepal, it is known to the world because of the presence of world’s highest peak, Mount Everest which is 8848 meters. However, this is not the only mountain that takes your breath away. The Himalayan (mountainous) region, in the northern part of the country, has 7 other peaks along with Mt. Everest which are among the world’s highest mountain peaks. As such, Nepal contains 8 of world’s 10 highest peaks. These are Mt. Kanchanjunga (8586m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Makalu (8462m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and Mt. Annapurna (8091m). If the mountains are calling for you, Nepal is a perfect destination for you.
- Nepal has the highest lake, highest valley, deepest Gorge, Tallest Grassland
The enrichment of the natural beauty in Nepal is not just limited to mountains. Abundant fauna and flora are available in Nepal. The striking altitudinal variation is sure to surprise you. Though being small in area, the altitude varies from 70m to 8848m. Nepal is a habitat for the rare species like Bengal Tiger, one horned rhinoceros, Asiatic elephant, red panda, etc. Mystical Yeti is also said to be found in the majestic Himalayas of Nepal. Not only the highest peak but the highest lake on earth (Tilicho 4800m), highest valley on earth (Arun valley), deepest gorge (1200m in Kaligandaki) and tallest grassland in the world( in Chitwan) lies in this country. Nepal is thus rightfully called the Amazon of Asia.
- Nepal has best trek experience
These natural beauties make Nepal a must in the bucket list of many travellers all over the world. The awe-inspiring natural diversities makes Nepal a sought after destination for the adventure lovers as well. Base camps of Mt. Everest and Mt. Annapurna are the popular trek trails for the adventurers. One can also experience the thrills by indulging in the adventures like mountaineering, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, paragliding, mountain biking, bungee and high altitude marathon.
- Nepal has 125 ethnic groups and more than 100 languages
Information in Nepal is incomplete without knowing the Nepalese. Nepalese rejoice multiple cultures, making the country multilingual, multiethnic and multi-religious. According to the census of 2011, there are 125 ethnic groups in Nepal. The national language of Nepal is Nepali but there are more than 100 other languages spoken in the country. Hinduism and Buddhism are the main religions in the country but there is the presence of many other religions like Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, etc. In spite of all these differences, Nepal is a peace loving country. There has never been a riot in the cause of religion.
- Nepal has a living God
Gautam Buddha, the light of Asia and the founder of Buddhism was born in Lumbini in Nepal making it a holy place for the followers of Buddhism all over the world. Lumbini is one of the UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites of Nepal. There are 10 UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal making it the country with the dense concentration of world heritage sites. The living Goddess, Kumari resides in Basantapur Durbar Square which is one of the heritage sites in the country. These heritages give Nepal a huge potential for tourism.
- Nepalese worships Dog and Cow
There are various customs in Nepal which you may find unusual. Nepalese people do not eat beef. Cows are considered as very sacred animals. They are worshipped and slaughtering them is illegal. In Tihar, the festival of Nepal, dogs and crows are worshipped too.
- Nepal capital Kathmandu has 2.5 million population
There are many bits of trivia in Nepal for you. According to the 2011 census, Nepal has a population of more than 26 million and more than 2.5 million Nepali are living in Kathmandu making it the city with most population density in Nepal.
- Nepal is 67 years 8.5 months ahead than English Calendar
Nepalese follow the Nepali calendar which is 67 years and 8.5 months ahead of the Gregorian calendar. The Nepali New year falls on mid-April. In Nepal, the weekend falls on Saturday. The schools and government offices are closed on Saturday. Only Nepal has a triangular flag in the world.
- Nepal has Saturday as public holiday in a week
In Nepal, the weekend falls on Saturday. The schools and government offices are closed on Saturday.
More Interesting information on Nepal
Only these information on Nepal are not enough. There is few more information of Nepal which are interesting and very few know of them.
- Only Nepal has a triangular flag in the world.
- In Nepal, people greet each other by saying Namaste by joining the two palms.
- Namaste means “I salute the God in you”. Nepalese may not use cutlery for eating.
- Though Internet was introduced in 1994 AD in Nepal, the average internet speed in Nepal is only 753 kbps.
All these diversities, natural beauty, culture and custom of Nepalese and the uniqueness it carries is what makes Nepal. Nepal would be incomplete in absence of any of these. This tiny country has a lot to offer. I feel Nepal is truly a magical place and it would surely stand out as an exotic destination for all the travel lovers. We will be adding this page with more information on Nepal. If you have any more information, we would like to have it in the comment below so that we can update it with much appropriate information on Nepal.