Nepal is a land locked country located between India and China. Even though being a small country geographically, Nepal is truly blessed in terms of nature and culture and a home to 8 out of 10 worlds’s highest Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Altitude also varies from very top of the world at 8848 meters to just 60 meters above sea level. This makes Nepal a home to wide range of floras and faunas. From highest Himalayas at northern side to fertile land of Terai at southern Nepal, there are simply uncountable trips to embark on that perfectly suits you.
Nepal is a premier destination for most of the travel lovers. Nearly eight hundred thousand international tourists visits Nepal annually and for most of them the reason is to explore the natural and cultural magnificence of the country. Adventure lovers and mountaineers are attracted towards the Himalayas, trekking, peak climbing and expedition activities whereas there are plenty of tourists looking forward to see the magical Himalayan panorama from distance and enjoy nature, heritage and wilderness activities to their fullest.
Nepal symbolizes the origination of peace as ‘Light of Asia’ Lord Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini district of Nepal. For those who are researching on Buddhism or are attracted towards getting more insights of it, Nepal is the prime destination. Visiting colorful monasteries would be other highlights. Along with Buddhism, another major religion is Hindu. More than 80 percent of citizens are Hindus and there are numerous pilgrimage heritage sites exhibiting centuries old religious significance and architectural brilliance. In the similar way, we find people following Islam and Christian too, all living in a peaceful manner. And probably Nepal is the only country where the major festivals from Dashain, Tihar to Christmas and from Eid to Lhosar and Buddha Jayanti; every moment are celebrated with great passion and joy.
Nepal in Facts and Figures:
0.1% of the earth
2%of all the flowering plants in the world
8% of the world’s population of birds (more than 848 species)
4% of mammals on earth
11 of the world’s 15 families of butterflies (more than 500 species)
600 indigenous plant families
319 species of exotic orchids
Time zone: GMT +5:30
Languages: Nepali 48% (official), Maithali 12%,English
Religions: Hindu 81%,Buddhist 11%,Islam 4%,Kirant 4%
GDP per capita (PPP): 1874
Electricity: 230 V (50 Hz)
Electric plug type: C,D
Internet TLD: (.np)
Geography: situated between China in the north and India in the South
Language: Nepali is the national language. However travel-trade people understand and speak English as Well. Nepali 48% (official), Maithili 12%,English
Currency: Nepalese Rupee (approximately US$ 1 equals Rs. 70.75 as of Feb. 2005).
Political System: Reublic
Religion: There is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism. Hindu 81%,Buddhist 11%,Islam 4%,Kirant 4%
Climate: Nepal has four major seasons, namely, (1) Winter: December- February, (2) spring: March-May, (3) summer: June-August, (4) autumn: September-November. Nepal can be visited the whole year round
People: Nepal has more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken languages