Sandwiched between two giants India and China, Nepal is one of the coolest places to visit on earth. Nepal, the land of Himalayas along with its excellent natural exquisiteness, is also popular for its pilgrimage, culture, festivals, languages, food, hospitality, adventures and many more.  In this sense, out of the thousands of amazing experiences you can have in Nepal, I would like to fit most of them in 13 points.

1) Mt. Everest and Lord Buddha

Nepalese call The Mount Everest as Sagarmatha which means ‘forehead in the sky’ and Tibetan call it Chomolungma which means ‘Mother of the World’. It’s the highest land on earth at a breath-taking height of 8848 meters.  

Nepal is also the holy land of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism and renowned as the Light of Asia. Lumbini, which lies in Rupandehi district of Nepal is the most holy pilgrimage site for all the Buddhism followers all around the world.

2) Variation in Altitude

For a small country, Nepal has tremendous geographic diversity. It rises from as low as 59 meters in the tropical Terai to the alpine zone of the Himalayas with 8848m high (Mt Everest). In span of 100 Kms going from South to North at any part of Nepal, one can experience hot tropical climate to bone chilling Artic type weather.

3)World’s deepest George

Usually, in the eyes of the world Nepal is known for the extreme elevations of its cover, but what few people know that Nepal is an extreme territory both in altitude as depth and we confirm it through the existences of Kali Gandaki which is is the deepest gorge in the world, being  7,337 m  lower than Annapurna I which bounds it at one point.

(Pic by: Jean-Marie Hullot)

 Today, it is part of a popular trekking route from Pokhara to Muktinath, part of the Annapurna Circuit. The gorge is within the Annapurna Conservation Area.

4) Festivals for animals

In Hinduism, it is believed that when Brahma created the animals, he hid a specific secret in each of them to signify their spiritual importance to humans. Nepalese express their gratitude for animals for thanking them for values by worshiping them on the occasion of Tihar. Mostly crow, cow, bull and dog are worshipped. Dogs are worshipped for their loyalty and guarding the doors of hell and heaven. Except this, Nepal is culturally very diverse with a lot of festivals.

Dog Festival in Nepal (Pic by: Anup Raut)

5) Wildlife Diversity

Wildlife tourism is also a major source of tourism in the country. Because of the variance in climate, from tropical to arctic, Nepal has a large variety of plants and animals. Despite occupying only 0.1% of total land mass in the world, there are about over 5160 species of flowering plants, 352 species of orchids, 635 species butterflies, 185 species of fresh water fish, 43 species of amphibians, 100 species of reptiles, 860 species of birds and 181 species of mammals.

(Pic by: Callum Cox)

6)  2000+ Beautiful Lakes

Nepal is home to some of the most amazing and picturesque lakes in the world. Most are glacial-fed high-altitude lakes, situated at over 4000 meters.   The Gokyo Lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system at an altitude of 4700-5000 meters above sea level. Some of other spectacular lakes include Tilicho, Shey Phoksundo, Gosainkunda(also a pilgrimage site) , Rara, Paanch Pokhari, Tsho Rolpa, Begnas, Fewa, Rupa and hundreds of others.

Phewa Lake (Pic by: joshkathey)

7) 8 out of 10 world highest peaks

Whenever people talk about Nepal they think about the Himalayas and white snow peaks. Nepal has become synonymous with Himalayas in the world. Nepal is not only home of Everest and Lord Buddha but also the home of eight of the ten highest peaks in the world which are above then 8 thousand meters. Climbers across the globe makes plan each year to summit to fulfill their desire.

8) Momos (Food)

One cannot talk about the most popular foods in Nepal without mentioning momos. They are available in different forms from street vendors to the most lavish restaurants. Momos are a type of steamed dumpling accompanied by one or two dips of tomato base or fermented vegetables. These mouth-watering little dumplings are Nepal’s unofficial national dish for its wide-spread popularity and rich flavor.

Momos – Most popular food in Nepal (Pic by: nepal.food)

9) Variation of ethnic groups and languages

The national anthem of Nepal begins with ” Hundreds of flowers, we are one common garland”. As per the 2011 census, Nepal has 126 castes and ethnic groups speaking as many as 123 languages.

All of these groups have their distinct cultures, languages and belief systems who are living in harmony and religious tolerance with each other.

10) Kumari-the living goddess

Nepalese believe Kumari as the manifestation of Lord Durga (Taleju Bhawani) in the body of a pure prepubescent girl. She is worth worshiping until she suffers some kind of injury or illness or until her first periods.

Portrait of Kumari – The Living Goddess (Pic by: C&K Nepal)

This is a special culture of the Newar community. The living Goddess of Nepal, Kumari, represents the Nepalese identity and culture.

11) Amazon of Asia

The term Amazon refers to the mother of an abundant variety of nature, culture, and the topography. Nepal is an ethnic, cultural, natural, and ecological museum that showcases a gigantic variety of heritage, plants, animals, people, lifestyles, and the varying topography.

With such varying specialties and uniqueness, Nepal is best termed as an Amazon of Asia.

12) The Legend of Yeti

One cannot talk about interesting facts of Nepal without mentioning this character “Yeti” which has been analyzed as a giant biped inclined slightly forward. Although people in some monasteries use to say they have remains belonging to this beast, for many scientists these samples are not reliable, so that only accounts are stories, which describe it as a giant bipedal ape that is believed to be located in the Himalayas wooded areas.

Alleged Yeti footprint found by Michael Ward and photographed by Eric Shipton taken at Menlung Glacier on the 1951 Everest Expedition with Edmund Hillary in Nepal. (Pic by: Wikipedia)

13) 4 World Heritage Sites

UNESCO has listed 4 World Heritage Sites in Nepal; Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park are listed as UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites; 7 sites in Kathmandu Valley counted together as one and Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha are listed as UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites.

With all this in such a tiny land, one can only conclude that the country is one of those rare places on earth where God’s generosity blends with its grandeur. It has been termed as several tourists as “Heaven on earth” and it is one undoubtedly. But, don’t take my word for it. Come and see it for yourself. See you soon.

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