Some Facts about Nepal

Did you know?

  • Nepal is a small country, 91st biggest in the world but by populous its 41st with a poulation of over 29 million (census of 2010).
  • Budha’s birth name was Sidartha Gautam and was born in Lumbini Nepal and not India. Lumbini is also a World Heritage Site.
  • Talking about World Heritage sites, Nepal is awash with them. In-fact, Nepal has the densest concentration of world heritage sites. Kathmandu valley alone has 7 world heritage cultural sites within a radius of 15km.
  • Nepal has been declared aSecular country, even though over 80% of he population are Hindus, Budhist are about 10% and the balance is made up of other religion.
  • Nepal’s flag is the only one in the world which is not a rectangular or duadrilateral. It is made up of two crimson red triangles with a blue border. The crimson red colour of the flag signifies the colour of its national flower, rhododendron. The colour also stands for victory in war and the braveness of the Nepalese people. The blue border of the flag symbolizes peace. The two triangles which stand for the mountains of Nepal. The shape of the sun and the moon on the flag represents the aggressiveness of the warriors and calm and peace loving nature of the people.
  • Nepal is wholly land locked country which has borders with India and China.
  • The mountainous north of Nepal has eight of the top ten tallest mountains in the world. The peaks are – Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga (3rd highest), Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Oyu (fourth, fifth and sixth resp. shared by Nepal and Tibet), Mount Dhaulagiri I, Mount Manaslu and Mount Annapurna (seventh, eighth and tenth tallest respectively). There are over 240 peaks above the height of 20,000 feet in Nepal’s mountain ranges.
  • Nepal is also home to some of the most rare flora and faunas in the world.
  • Until 1950, Nepal was a closed country, meaning only people who could enter were ones on official business and was closed to casual travelers.
  • In Nepal, it is illegal to kill a cow, as she is not only a National Animal but is also worshiped as a goddess. Beef is not eaten in Nepal.

 

More facts will follow in future blogs.