There are things you should know about Nepal to understand how the country works and why things happen the way they do…

  • Nepal was never occupied by a foreign power and therefor has never celebrated Independence Day
  • Nepal is the oldest country in South Asia.
  • Interesting Fact About Nepal:Nepal Was Never Under Any Foreign Invasion because Nepal does not have an independent day because Nepal was never colonised. Nepal is also the oldest country in South Asia.
  • Greeting each other in Nepal is done like this: place the palms of your hands together at the height of your chest, make a slight bow with your head and say ‘Namaste’. That means “I salute the God in you ‘…
  • Although Nepal and India share many latitudes there is still fifteen minutes time difference between them. In India it is three/four and a half hours later than in the Netherlands and in Nepal and three/four hours and three quarters. Nepal doesn’t want to be the same as its big neighbour…
  • A popular and affordable fast food in Nepal are momo’s. Delicious dumplings of flour and water, with different fillings, whether vegetarian or not and always with  dipping sauce. Yam
  • Nepal was a Hindu kingdom until 2001, and after the murder of the entire royal family has changed into the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal with free elections.
  • 90% of the Nepalese people are hindu
  • Kathmandu was once called Kantipur, that means ‘city of glory’
  • Nepal has the highest concentration of World Heritage sites within its borders. In the Kathmandu Valley alone there are seven Cultural World Heritage sites in a radius of 15 kilometres
  • Nepal is only adjacent to other countries and has not one centimetre of sea border
  • The territory of Nepal is 147,181 square kilometres and thus it is number 92 on the list of largest countries in the world. Considering population size, Nepal stands at number 41
  • At the census of 2010 Nepal had 29.331.000 inhabitants
  • The national animal of Nepal is the cow, which is also sacred for hindu. Killing a cow for consumption is a punishable by law
  • Almost everyone in Nepal that has something to do with tourists has its own business cards. Before you know it as a tourist you have a whole collection of those.
  • Many people in Nepal have a mobile phone or at least pretend to have one. In many cases there is no simcard in there…
  • The book ‘Little Princes’ written by Conor Grennan is about child training in Nepal and has led to the establishment of NGO Next Generation Nepal, that works towards reuniting victims with their families and supports rural communities. It is a must read of which part of the proceeds go towards the charity and the fight against child trafficking
  • Kathmandu is situated in kind of a bowl between the surrounding hills/mountains. Because of that exhaust fumes and fumes of the wood and kerosine burners (still widely used) can’t get away easily. That is why there is smog and why Kathmandu is not a good place for people with airway problems.
  • Nepalese call Mount Everest Sagarmatha or ‘goddess of the sky’
  • With 8848 meter Everest is the highest mountain of Nepal and the world
  • Ten of the worlds highest mountains are in Nepal: Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Oyu (shared by Nepal and Tibet), Mount DhaulagiriI, Mount Manaslu and Mount Annapurna
  • Sherpa’s are an ethnic group from the mountain regions in the east of Nepal. Many of them work as truckers, carriers, guides of mountain climbing expeditions. Because of there unique genetic make up and background they seem to have no problem with altitude sickness like most other people.
  • The big and worshipped Gautam Buddha is born in Lumbini, Nepal
  • The Dashain en Tihar festivals are the most important religious hindu festivals in Nepal
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