Nepal at a glance
Nepal is a combination of ancient history, vibrant cultures, and scenic splendor. Located between China and India, Nepal’s main geographical features include snow-capped peaks, lower mountains, hills and lush Terai plains of tropical jungles.
Nearly one- third of the total length of the Himalayas and 8 of the world’s 14 highest peaks are in Nepal. The landlocked country covers an area of 147,181 sq. kilometers ranging from 70 meters to the highest point at 8848 meters above sea level. Nepal’s popularity as a tourist destination has increased greatly over the years.
While trekking and mountaineering have long been popular, an entire range of other activities is carried out. With the variety of adventure options, the country is a favorite among adventure lovers.
According to myth, once upon a time, the Kathmandu Valley was a great lake in the middle of which a brilliant flame burned from a lotus flower. Manjushri, a Buddhist from China, smote the lake with a magical sword and the water was drained from it. It is said that Swayambhu appeared in the flame when the Valley was formed. But according to the Hindu religion, Krishna created the valley, hurling a thunderbolt at the lake to create the Chorbar gorge.
The rivers of the valley do indeed flow southward through the narrow gorge and scientists agree that the valley was once submerged. The recorded history of Nepal began with the reign of the Kiratis from the eastern part of the country. Yalamar, the first of their kings, is mentioned in the Hindu epic, The Mahabharata. During the Kirati period, Buddhism was introduced to the country.
Krakuchhanda Buddha, Kanak Muni Buddha, and Kashyapa Buddha visited the Kathmandu valley to worship Swayambhunath. After Kiratis, tRead More