20 Interesting Facts about Nepal

Nepal, a serene land, is encircled by two gigantic countries, India and China. In spite of being such a tiny nation Nepal, is still glorious for its own reasons. Outlanders know just a little about its untouched terrains and historic tales. But today we are going to unveil some out-of-ordinary and really interesting facts about Nepal, which makes this nation, so so special.

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1. A flag that’s unlike other flags

Nepal flagNepal’s national flag is nothing close to a quadrilateral. It in fact looks like two right angled triangles set one above the other, making this flag look like the Himalayan mountain range. These coinciding triangles also represent Hinduism and Buddhism, the two predominant religions which Nepalis follow. The flag is filled with red color that is the national color of the country and outlined by blue which represents peace. Faces of Sun and moon completes the flag referring to the strong belief of Nepalis in Hindu Gods.
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2. Land of Lakes

Rara lake
Rara Lake

If you like water bodies then you are up for a visual treat. Believe it or not Nepal has about 200 lakes out of which some are located on the mountains. Yes, you read it right, mountain lakes and mid-hill lakes are found in bulk in this mystic land. Rara is the biggest and longest lake in Nepal which is situated amidst gigantic Himalayas.
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3. City of Glory

Kathmandu
Kathmandu

Kathmandu is an eye popping, jaw dropping experience, a riot of sights, sounds and smells that can make your senses explode. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal is bestowed with “City of Glory” fame. It serves as the home of more than half of the population of Nepal. Tourist’s footfall is quite high in this city.
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4. The Freeland

Free NepalNepal doesn’t celebrate Independence Day because it doesn’t have one. It has never been slave to any other country and has been following its Kingdom Dynasty. But after the Royal massacre, Political face of Nepal kept changing and it’s currently a secular nation.
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5. Linguistic Hub

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You are about to get stunned… Nepali is not the only language spoken in this ethnic hub, in fact 123 languages are spoken in this geographically small country. Its closeness to Tibet, India and China for centuries gave birth to many colloquial languages.
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6. Possession of Deepest Gorge

Kali Gandaki Gorge
Kali Gandaki Gorge

Nepal is the proud custodian of world’s deepest gorge- the famous Kali Gandaki Gorge. This gorge has tremendous influence on business and is being used for centuries as a trade route between Tibet and Nepal.
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7. “Sagarmatha” the highest mountain in the world

Mount Everest
Mount Everest

Flabbergasted? Don’t be, because Sagarmatha is just another name for Mount Everest in Nepal. And yes it continues to be the highest mountain in the world. Many mountaineers come to Nepal with an urge to climb to the top. But do you know how high it actually stands??? Its 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level to be precise.
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8. Holy Shrine

The Monastery of World Peace, Lumbini
The Monastery of World Peace, Lumbini

Lumbini, is where Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha was born in 623 B.C. Today it’s a pilgrim center where Buddhist from all over the world come in search of peace and self actualization.
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9. Abode of Living Goddesses

Kumari goddessNo matter how bizarre it sounds, fact remains that Nepalis worship young pre-pubescent girls for manifesting divine female energy, incarnations of Goddess Taleju, known as Durga in India. There are several Kumaris throughout Nepal, but the best known is the Royal Kumari of Kathmandu.
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10. Nucleus of Extreme Landscapes

Shey Phoksundo Lake, Nepal
Shey Phoksundo Lake, Nepal

Not many know that several extreme places are located here in Nepal. Apart from Mount Everest there are many other locations for which Nepal is world famous. Tilicho is the lake that’s situated on the highest altitude in the world, while Shey Phoksundo Lake is the deepest of all and Arun valley is the highest valley on earth. Won’t it be super fun to take a selfie at these extreme destinations?
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11. Paradise for Nature and Bird Lovers

Grandalas in Nepal
Grandalas in Nepal

It’s a fact that there are over 360 species of Orchid and about 870 species of birds in Nepal. Other distinct animals like snow leopard, one-horned rhino and swamp deer are also found here. No wonder that it attracts so many nature lovers throughout the four seasons.
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12. The snow monster

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Abominable snowman yeti
Abominable snowman yeti

You must have heard stories about a horrid creature of snow, climbing mountains. But what if you are told that those weren’t simply stories but do exist in real life too. Terrified, right? According to Lamas of Nepal, the beast dwells in high valleys of Nepal. The creature is an ape-like snowman locally known as Yeti or Meh-Teh.
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13. Blackout is a part of everyday living

Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal

It’s difficult for folks from developed countries to believe that load-shedding in Nepal can last for as long as 16 hours every day. Surprisingly people here are accustomed to such living and to deal with it they follow the Blackout schedule to take care of their daily activities. Well, such is life.
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14. Beast of Burden

yakOne can enjoy observing this beast of burden during an Everest trek as they are very common and irreplaceable in here. Yaks are synonyms to tractors in Nepal. They are employed as heavy load vehicle on Himalayan paths due to their strength and capability to climb tough paths and high valleys.
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15. Slowest Internet

Forget about 3G or 4G Nepal doesn’t even have 2G. Nepal is having world’s slowest internet. People still rely on cyber cafes for their internet needs.
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16. Citadel of hippies

Cannabis Dhaulagiri KalopaniNepal was once the citadel of hippies because of easy availability of weed here. It was banned later following US request and directions. Though selling and buying of weeds is no more legal here, but growth of weeds can be seen almost everywhere, be it farmlands or mountain sides.
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17. No Carnage

nepal childrenDespite the fact that Nepal features diversified cultures, but since its inception, there has been no bloodshed in the name of religion, caste, or creed. Preaching of Lord Buddha is still ingrained in mind and soul of Nepalis. A great lesson of peace for us fellow outlanders. This doesn’t mean Nepalis are any less patriotic. Patriotism of Nepalis can be seen everywhere from sports, national festivals, or issues related to Buddha.
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18. Plethora of World Records

Nepal also recorded many of its top of the world records in Guinness Book. They are world’s shortest person, longest handshake, youngest photographer, highest mobile phone call and many more.
Source: guinnessworldrecords.com

19. Famous Celebs from Nepal

Tenzing Norgay

Country has also gifted the world with some renowned personalities. Tenzing Norgay, Manisha Koirala, Udit Narayan, Mala Sinha, Ram Jethmalani, and Paul Henderson to name a few.
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20. A historic step

LGBT flag
LGBT flag

In the past few days the constitution of Nepal has been a subject for a lot of negative news, still the country managed to leave behind the rest of the world in a groundbreaking move by becoming the first ever Asian country to have explicit laws benefiting the LGBT community. While most of the progressive western countries have legalized same sex marriage, none provides for full anti-discrimination legislation in their constitutions. Nepal is now the 3rd country in the world after South Africa and Ecuador to have non-discriminatory laws for LGBT community.

Source: catchnews.com

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