Things to Know About Nepal

Published: 30th March 2009
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Nepal is a country of mountains, culture and religions. Tourist season is all year round, even in the heart of winter there are sunny skies and wonderful scenery. Nepal gets an astonishing 3,000 hours of sun a year. There are many dialects, the official language of the country is Nepali, and English is one of the most widely understood languages.

Nepal is situated between China to the North and India to the south, east, and west. The population is 30 million people. There's just one airport in Nepal, the Tribhuvan International Airport. The Nepalese Currency is the Rupee. Kathmandu is the capital and is the largest metro city in Nepal.

The Mountains in Nepal are some of the highest mountains in the world, some include, Everest, Annapurna, and Lantang, and Kathmandu. They are part of the Himalayan peaks. The mountains also offer some of the world's greatest white river rafting. The powerful rivers come from the Himalaya's, down the middle and finally empty out into the steamy flat-lands of the Terai in the south. At the lowest elevations there is nice warm tropical weather. Here is where there are exotic animals and birds to see.

Tourists can enjoy temples and monasteries, there are also many bazaars and festivals. The main religion and culture of the Nepalese people is Buddhism and Hinduism. People come from around the world to explore the hundreds of ancient temples and monasteries. These two different religions live in harmony amongst one another. They are peaceful people.

Many people visit Nepal for a spiritual awakening. Nepal has many festivities and holidays that give you a deep spiritual experience. Nepal is home to the largest Shiva temple in the world. Buddhists and Hindus worship there. But the main religion of Nepal is Hinduism, and the festivals celebrated are Hindu.

Nepal is one of the few places in the world where it's not commercialized. The traditional Nepalese cuisine has spicy curries and vegetarian dishes. Folklore is very important to the Nepalese society. They enact these traditional stories by dancing and with music. The stories help preserve their history and also relate to their day-to-day life, love, affection and battles.

Visiting Nepal is such an enriching experience. The scenery and local people will definitely live with you long after you've left.

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