Nepal is a land of amazing extremes. Altitude ranges from near sea level to the highest point on the planet- the summit of Mt. Everest at 8848 meters - all within a north-south distance of around 200 kilometers. This extraordinary topographical variation allows Nepal to be home to an equally diverse flora and fauna. In addition to the superb natural beauty, Nepal is also home to a remarkable number of ethnic groups, cultures, traditions and languages. It is undoubtedly one of the finest places in the world to enjoy a relaxing vacation - be it simple sightseeing tours or the more challenging adventure activities.
Nepal at a Glance:
Area: 147,181 sq. KM.
Geography: Situated between China in the north and India in the south.
Population: 29.5 million.
Language: Nepali is the National Language.
Currency: Nepalese Rupee
Political system: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Religion: Nepal enjoyed the distinction of being the only Hindu country in the world. Now declared a secular country, there is a harmonious blending of Hinduism and Buddhism with other religion.
People: Nepal has more than 61 ethnic groups and 70 spoken languages.
Climate: Nepal has four major seasons, i.e. winter; spring; summer and autumn. Nepal can be visited the whole year round.
The beauty of Nepal can be found everywhere - be it the domineering mountainous terrain or the mustard fields of the southern plains - in the lakes, river and gorges; in the arts, crafts and architecture; or in the warm smiles and hospitable nature of the people. Nepal birth place of Lord Buddha, boasts a large number of world heritage sites, numerous pilgrimage sites to jungle teeming with exotic wildlife, for adventurous there is rafting to treks in the mountains.
Kathmandu, the capital and the gateway to most of the visitors, is a wonder in itself. Kathmandu Valley, surrounded by green hills, consists of Kathmandu and two other cities- Patan and Bhaktapur- and boasts of seven landmarks designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.