Nepal Tourism

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, till mid-2008 a constitutional monarchy, is a landlocked country in South Asia and the world’s most recent nation to become a republic. The People’s Republic of China is to the north and to the south, east, and west lies the Republic of India. With an area of 147,181 sq km and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is a relatively dense populous country. The nation’s capital and the country’s largest metropolitan city is Kathmandu.

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The country is divided into three geographical regions; the Himalayan Region at an altitude above 5,000 m.; the Hilly Region, between the Himalayan and the Terai soaring up to 4,877 m.; and the Terai Region, extending from the Nepal-India border in the south to the base of Siwalik Hills (Churia) in the north. Its elevation ranges from 70 to 200 m with a subtropical climate. These belts run east-west and are vertically trisected by Nepal’s major north to south flowing rivers.

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Apart from the mighty Himalayas, Nepal is well known for, its natural beauty, diverse culture and cheerful people, the basic ingredients for the growth of tourism. It is a nation of colourful contrast-a hidden Shangri-La of nature, culture and adventure. Nepal is rich with traditions of art and culture and Kathmandu, is a treasure trove of ancient art and culture.

Durbar Square in Nepal

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The mountainous north has over 240 peaks more than 20,000 ft (6,096 metres) above sea level and eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, known locally as Sagarmatha. The remaining areas that can be urbanised in the fertile but humid south are now densely populated. Nepal has a composite population, coming from various racial and ethnic communities. It is been a potpourri of diverse linguistic and ethnic groups living in different regions, wearing different costumes and speaking different languages and dialects, with its multi-ethnic groups ranging from the Indo-Aryan to the Mongoloid. Hinduism and Buddhism are the two major religions in Nepal that coexist peacefully. Nepal’s linguistic heritage devolves from four major language groups, and the primary language of Nepal is Nepali.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Nepal

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Nepal has close ties with both India and China. As pre-agreed, Indian and Nepalese citizens may travel to each others’ countries without a passport or visa. Nepalese citizens may work in India without any restrictions. Nepal’s gross domestic product for 2008 was US$ 12 billion. Agriculture accounts for about 40% of Nepal’s GDP, services 41% and industry 22%. 76% of the workforce is agriculture based. Agricultural produce includes tea, rice, wheat, root crops and meat. Industry revolves around the processing of the agricultural output. Nepal receives US $50 million a year from Gurkha soldiers in the Indian and British armies, who are highly thought of for their intrepidity and bravery.

Places worth visiting are Kathmandu, which has Casinos; Swayambhunath, a 5th century Stupa; Patan City; Pashupatinath, a Hindu temple, and Bouddhanath, a Buddhist Stupa. All sights worth seeing are within a day’s travel from Kathmandu, which has accommodation to cater to all budgets and needs. Nepal Airlines is the government owned national flag-carrier airline and is based at Kathmandu. It has only one B-757, but will soon get 3 Airbus airliners. It services over ten destinations.

Nepal is at UTC + 5:45 hours. Its currency is the Nepali Rupee and the exchange rate is 1US $= 75 Nepalese Rupees.

Date posted: 24th July, 2018

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