Nepal is a small, landlocked country situated between China and India. It sits on the northern extreme of the plains of India as the high Himalayas from the divide between China and India.
Some facts about NepalDemocratic Republicsince 2008. The president and public officials are elected by the rule of the majority.
- Moderate climate: Temperatures range from 35°to 38°as the high the Terai region to cold and snowy in the high mountains. Places like Pokhara and Kathmandu almost never see snow in the winter. In fact, it only snows about twice a century in Kathmandu.
- Jungles with wild elephants, rhinos and tigers: Hard to believe, isn’t it? Yet in the Terai region which borders India, you will find jungles that feature crocodiles, river dolphins, one-horned rhinos, herds of elephants and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Two national parks are devoted to the jungle regions of Nepal: Chitwan and Bardia.
- Eight of the highest peaks in the world: There are only 14 peaks in the world that are over 8,000 meters high. Of those 14 peaks, eight of them are in Nepal. They range from mighty Everest base camp (8,850 meters) that holds the number 1 spot to Annapurna I that ranks No. 10 in height (8,091 meters). There are over a thousand snow capped peaks in Nepal, creating for some awesome vistas.
- Cultural Diversity: Many countries talk about cultural diversity, but Nepal shows the world what it really means. There are over 100 ethnic groups that live in peace and harmony with each other in Nepal. There is no other place like this on Earth!
- Religious Diversity: While Hindu was once the official religion in Nepal, you will find today Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Böns living side by side as friends. Nepalis respect each other’s religion. It is not uncommon for people to be open about their faith with others. And when it comes to festival time, visitors are welcome to participate.
- Buddha was born in Nepal: Lord Buddha was born in western Nepal, and his birthplace at Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is very peaceful as you explore monasteries, gardens and see the actual site of his birth.
- Greatest Concentration of World Heritage Sites: The Kathmandu Valley contains seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which is the greatest concentration of such sites in the world. All seven are easily accessible.
- Low Crime Rate: Nepal enjoys a low crime rate. You can feel safe to walk in Nepal as the local people are friendly and helpful.
- Borders only two Countries: Nepal is bordered by two Asian giants: China in the north and India in the south. Nepal enjoys good relations with both of its giant neighbors.
- Enjoyable Nightlife: Visitors will find great nightlife in the Thamel area of Kathmandu with its “anything goes” attitude. The other hot spot is Lakeside at Pokhara which borders on beautiful Fewa Lake.
- Paragliding Paradise: Pokhara is the hub of paragliding in Nepal with many companies offering opportunities to soar like an eagle over Fewa Lake next to the Annapurna Mountains. You can fly solo or with a guide in a tandem flight.
- World’s Longest Bungee Jump: Just north of Kathmandu is the world’s longest bungee jump. You jump from a specially designed bridge into the Bhote Kosi River canyon below.
- Temples Galore: There are about 1000 temples in the Kathmandu Valley alone. All throughout the mountains, you will find sacred places throughout the country.
- National Holidays: Nepal probably has more national holidays than any other country in the world. There are 50 government holidays, plus a number of unofficial ones. Nepalese love a party, and there is always an excuse for one.