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Dear Nepal Visitors,
Welcome to this wonderful and mystical land – the birthplace of Buddha and the home of Himalaya as Mt. Everest, the tallest peak on world.
Strategically located between China and India – two booming economies in the world, Nepal is a mountainous country offering myriad of adventure options. The country is home to eight of 14 tallest peaks on earth. But the richness of Nepal does not end with the mountains. The country is home to timeless cultures and traditions, colorful fiestas and festivals, ancient temples and monuments, diverse flora and fauna, and friendly and ever smiling dwellers.
Beginning with high mountains in the north and ending at the plains of Tarai in the south, Nepal’s diverse topography offers plethora of activities to the visitors. Nepal has more than 1300 mountain peaks which offer enough opportunities for mountaineers. Those who can’t go to mountain areas can also enjoy the mighty Himalayas through mountain flights. Trekking is another adventure activity that Nepal has been offering to visitors. Trekking in Nepal takes visitors to virgin areas where in visitors can cherish the beauty of the country and experience the lifestyle of different cultural groups living in far- flung settlements. Rafting down Nepal‘s fast flowing rivers can be another attraction for Nepal visitors. The jungle safari in lush green forests of Nepal is perhaps the best way to enjoy diverse flora and fauna scattered over the country. Jungle safari in Nepal can be rewarded with the closest possible views of on horned rhinos, Royal Bengal tigers and different other endangered species. Thrilling adventure activities in the like of bungee jumping, bungee swing, paragliding, ultra-light flights, zip flyer, rock climbing and canyoning promise visitors a memorable experience in Nepal. Likewise, the sightseeing trip to different world Heritage sites in Kathmandu Valley provides opportunities to experience the grandeur of medieval culture and traditions. The hill stations in the outskirts of the Kathmandu Valley: Namobuddha, Dhulikhel, Nagarkot and Kakani are the excellent locations to enjoy the view of majestic mountain peaks.
Spiritual Tourism in Nepal
Spiritual Tourism in Nepal A prayer in the ancient Hindu and Buddhist Holy scripture, Rig Ved, Entreats upon God, “ Tamaso Maa Jyotirgamaya, Asato Ma Sadgamaya, Mrityor Maa Amritamgamaya” or Leads us from Darkness ( Ignorance) to Light (Knowledge), from Falsehood to Truth, from Death to Mortality;
Every human being on earth is in relentless pursuit of love, mental peace and spiritual happiness. According to Sanatan Dharma, the internal religion, the proven way to overcome the tensions, stress and strain that one faces in daily life is faith in spiritualism, spiritual practice casts “light to do way darkness” and liberates a person from sorrow, gloom and despondency. Spiritual enlightenment lead to blissful peace.
Traveling across Nepal can not only be a fascinating physical and visual journey through high moutains, cascading revers, pristine forests and unexplored landscapes, but also a spiritual journey as well. Viewing the country through the spiritual lens will help see the people and land in that extra dimensional element that one might have missed otherwise. Among the myriad and diverse attractions that have drawn people from far and abroad to visit Nepal, one aspect that is unique to this country, but has often been either overlooked or remained scantly noticed, is the exalted standing this country holds in spiritualism. For many, Nepal remains a mystical land with is it’s harmonious blend of two of the world’s prominent religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, it’s incredibly tolerant people living through a fascinating religious – cultural milieu and it’s amazing landscapes that in ancient times drew rishis (sages), ascetics and yogis who wandered in a spiritual mission in search of tatwa gyan (supreme truth), nirvana (enlightenment) and divine grace, and today draws spiritual seekers, aspirants of a new bewildered generation seeking tranquility, mental peace and answers to questions that people had long forgotten to ask.
Why Nepal? Perched along the foothills of the mighty Himalayans, Himabatkhanda Nepal, as described in the ancient Holy scriptures, has since time immemorial been a holy land recognized for it’s sacred status as the abode of the Gods. Many holy sites and shrines associated with persons, places or events in the epic Ramayan and Mahabarat and even dating back to the creation of the universe as narrated in the Hindu and Buddhist holy scriptures, Upanishads and puranas, abound in this land. Through to all the historical events, sprinkled across the geography of the country lend credence to the fact that Nepal remained blessed as a spiritual land.
The isolated and inaccessible snowy Himalayas, the confluence of holy rivers, the secret lakes, the pristine dense forests and the solitary mountain caves were preferred destinations of sages, ascetics and yoga ( meditation) whose quest for nivana (spiritual enlightenment) and moksya (solvation) led them to peace of serene solitude unperturbed by mundane distractions to engage in meditation. The spiritual quest and mental tranquility that people around the world come here to seek have been complemented by the socio-religious- cultural rhythm of the people of Nepal that has remained largely undisturbed over the ages. The spontaneity, hospitality and friendliness that the people of this country display to towards visitors reflect the true ethos and spiritual essence the of Nepal. It may be difficult for many visitors from abroad to comprehend how despite their hard life and lack of basic amenities, people could still remain content, cheerful and unprejudiced.the answer could somewhere lie in their abiding faith in spiritualism as has been practiced over the ages.
Official Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Area: 147,181sq km
Geography: Nepal is a landlocked country located between China in north, and India in East, west and south. Highest Mt. Everest (8848m) and lowest Kechana (60m asl).
Capital: Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is a valley surrounded by four hills – Fulchowk, Chandragiri, Shivapuri, and Nagarjun. Kathmandu valley has four major cities Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan and Kirtipur. Situated at the altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level, Kathmandu is home to seven UNESCO world heritage sites. Before the unification of Nepal in the 18th century, the four cities were independent states ruled by the Malla Kings.
Total Population of Nepal: 26. 29 million (recording to the census of 2012)
Language: Nepali is the national language. However, people speak Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung, Newari, Magar and Bhojpuri among others as their mother tongue. People in the urban areas understand English quiet well.
Climate: Nepal has four seasons, namely, (1) Winter (Dec-Feb), (2) Spring (Mar- May), (3) Summer (June- Aug), (4) Autumn (Sep- Nov). Nepal can be visited round the year.
Political System: Federal Democratic Republic
People/ Religion: Nepal has more than 105 Ethnic groups with diverse culture, traditions and lifestyle. Nepal people can be divided into two distinct groups: Ind- Burman and Mongoloid. Nepal is a secular state with majority of people following Hinduism. However people practicing Buddhism, Christianity and Islam among others live in a good harmony.
Administrative Division: Though Nepal is a federal republic, federal states are yet to be carved. Nepal is divided into five development regions, 14 zones and 75 districts.
Geographical Division: Geographically, Nepal is divided into Hills, Mountain and Tarai regions.