Here are some of the Amazing Facts About Nepal that everyone should know. And if you are someone who is curious about visiting Nepal and collecting information about Nepal, then Yes!!! this article is very informative for you. Trust me!! You will enjoy reading this article.
Nepal is a tiny land-locked country with a territory of 1,47,182 sq. km area extending approx. Nepal lies in between the two giant countries India and China. Nepal is the country of the Himalayas/the country of Mountain. Why? Out of 10 height peaks in the world, 8 of them including the world’s highest peak Mt.Everest is located in Nepal.
So, let’s know what is the 15 Most Amazing Facts About Nepal with TipsNepal. Are you curious?
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15 Most Amazing Facts About Nepal
Here is the list of 15 Most Amazing Facts About Nepal that will broaden your knowledge about Nepal and also your General Knowledge.
1. Major Part Of the Himalayas Is In Nepal
Yes!!! It is true that a major part of the Himalayas lies in Nepal. The mountains are shared between five countries which include Nepal, Bhutan, China, India and Pakistan. And out of 10 height peaks in the world, 8 of them including the world’s highest peak Mt.Everest is located in Nepal.
- Mount Everest – 8848 m
- Kanchenjunga – 8586 m
- Lhotse – 8516 m
- Makalu – 8481 m
- Cho Oyu – 8201 m
- Dhaulagiri – 8167 m
- Manaslu – 8156 m
- Annapurna – 8091 m
2. Mt. Everest is Called “Sagarmatha” in Nepali
Westerner/foreigner knows the highest peak in the world as Mt. Everest but its original name is not Everest. It was named Everest after its discovery by the Royal Geographical Society and Andrew Waugh suggested the name, Everest.
In Nepal, Mt. Everest is called “Sagarmatha”-named by historian late Baburam Acharya, which means ‘The heaven’s forehead’. The Sherpas community refer to Mt. Everest as Chomolungma, which means ‘The mother goddess of the earth.’
Mt. Everest and Sagarmatha are interchangeable words that both mean the same thing.
3. Nepal Does not Celebrate Independence Day
Since Nepal has never been colonized by an external force, there is no need to celebrate Independence Day in Nepal. Nepal has always remained a sovereign nation. Nepal is among the few countries in the world that have never been invaded by other countries. Hence, Nepal doesn’t celebrate Independent day.
Also, Nepal is the oldest independent sovereign country in South Asia.
4. The Only County In The World Having Non-Rectungluar National Flag
Which country has a unique flag in the World? Search it in google you will get the answer National flag of Nepal.
Yes!! Nepal is the only country having a non-quadrilateral shaped flag. All the country’s flag shape is rectangular beside Nepal’s. The Nepali flag has 3 colours in it: Maroon(Red), Blue and White. It’s proven in the history of Nepal that the Design of the Nepali flag is over 2000 years old.
5. Nepal is the Birthplace of Gautam Buddha
Light of Asia-Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal. Lord Buddha was born in Kapilavastu, Lumbini which lies in Lumbini, Nepal. Lumbini lies in the southern part of Nepal and is a sacred place for Buddhists.
Don’t believe rumours that say Buddha was born in India. That is complete nonsense and a fake rumour.
6. The Capital City of Nepal was Once a Lake
The Capital City of Nepal is “Kathmandu”.
Both the mythology and geological studies of the country have proven that the capital city of Nepal was once a lake. According to Nepalese mythology, the lake is said to have been drained by Manjushree Bodhisattva, a Buddhist saint, by cutting open an outlet using his mighty sword. Thus, the valley created was fertile and enhanced civilization. This is the myth mentioned in Swayambhu Puran.
According to Scientific theory, there is geological evidence that serves as proof that the Kathmandu valley was once a lake. But in contrast to mythology, geologists think the lake was not drained at one time, but in phases over a period of 15,000 years.
7. Nepal was Named the Weed Capital
Yes!!!! Once upon a time, Nepal was named the Weed Capital due to the availability of weeds plants in Nepal’s rural areas.
But the chain got broken after weed was illegalized in Nepal in 1973. At present buying and selling weed is illegal in Nepal.
8. The Legend of Yeti ‘Snowman’
Yes!!! Nepal has the myth and stories related to Yeti: a giant bipedal ape that is believed to be located in the Himalayas’ wooded areas.
If you are in the Himalayan region of Nepal with an old granny and grandpa, you will get to hear the interesting myth about Yeti. So, Nepal is a country where stories about Yeti prevail.
Do you wanna build a Snowman?
In Nepal, it’s like Do you wanna play with a Snowman? Hahaha!!
9. Nepal has the Greatest Concentration Of Places Recognized By UNESCO
UNESCO has listed four sites in Nepal – Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park as world heritage sites.
In Kathmandu Valley, there are 7 world heritage sites listed by UNESCO. They are:
- Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka
- Patan Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Changu Narayan
10. Nepal’s “GURKHAS” Have Been Part Of The British Army Since 1815
Nepal is the land of “Bir Gorkhalis”. The bravery of the Ghorkha Army is praise-worthy. “Better to die than to be a coward” is the motto of the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha Army. Due to their courage and bravery, since 1815 Nepal’s “GURKHAS” Have Been Part Of The British Army. The peaceful agreement was purposed by the British East India Company after it suffered Nepal with heavy casualties during the invasion.
11. The Land of a Living Goddess “Kumari”
In Nepal, there is a Living Goddess called “Kumari”. There is the tradition of worshipping a chosen virgin child as a “Kumari”
12. Nepal Holds So Many World Records Despite Being A Small Landlocked Country
Here are some of the major world records of Nepal:
a) Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak with 8,848.48 m above sea level.
b) Tilicho Lake is the world’s highest lake at a height of 4,800m above sea level.
c) Shey-Phoksundo Lake is the deepest Lake in the whole world with 145m depth.
d) The deepest gorge in the whole world “Kali Gandaki Gorge” is 5,571m lower than Annapurna I.
e) Arun Valley is the highest valley on Earth.
f) Hotel Everest View is the highest hotel in the whole world.
13. Nepalese Eats Dal Bhat Every Day
Unlike western countries, Nepalese eat Dal Bhat every day.
14. Nepal Has Over 80 Ethnic Groups And 123 Languages
Nepal is a country of Unity in Diversity. There are various ethnic groups, castes, religion in it.
15. Nepal is Known as Peace Loving Country
Nepal maintains friendly relationship with its neighbouring countries and other countries. It follows the principle of neutrality with the countries of the world. Being the birthplace of Buddha, it tries to promote world peace.
Also, despite being over 80 Ethnic Groups And 123 Languages Nepal has never gone through war in the name of religion and Ethnic Riot.