A small landlocked country on the lap of Himalayas, Nepal is a Democratic Republic nation located in between two powerhouses India and China. With an area of 1, 47,181 sq. km, Nepal offers pristine natural resources and beauty. This sovereign state in South Asia offers great natural beauty and beautiful environment that range from the low flat lands to Skyscraping Mountains. This small country provides wide prospects in hydropower, rafting and mountain trekking. Homed to the highest peak Mount Everest and the deepest George of the Arun Valley, Nepal is one of the most visited places in the world.
With the end of the monarch rule and the establishment of a new people chosen democratic government, the country is yet to draft a constitution. Regular political upheavals has caused a drastic effect on the overall development of the nation. With “Unity in Diversity”, over 100 castes and creeds live together in this small heaven to make it one of the most loved, most respected and adored countries since a long period of time. Let us take a look at the top 10 most amazing facts about Nepal- the holy and sacred nation.
10. Nepal enjoys one of the slowest internet
To see the history, Internet was into effect in this landlocked country since 1994. Yet, it stands as the second country just after Libya with regards to the internet speed. About 60% people in this country surf internet with a speed which is below 256 kbps. However, different ISPs and communication firms have slowly started providing good internet service at a minimal of cost. The prospect of internet facility is sure to increase in the future days to come real quick.
9. People are bound to live in the dark
Although Nepal ranks second in water resource in the world, and has great prospects of hydropower of around 83,000 MW, the country is bound to face load-shedding problems throughout the year. The crappy infrastructures of the country is not able to withstand the addition of around two millions of people in the county. With border encroachment from India, even rivers are not given to be used properly. On average, people get around 9-12 hours of electricity throughout the day and the schedule changes almost 3-4 times in different seasons. This has been the main reason for underdevelopment as it affects a lot in the long run of industries, factories and offices.
8. Weeds! Did I hear Weeds?
Once named as the weed capital with the best weeds in the world at the Freak Street, Nepal still has got a wide prospect with regards to weed. Although weed is said to be illegal and is not available for buy and sale, we can find the growth of weeds everywhere mostly in the rural area, around the roads, ditches, farm lands, mountainside and everywhere. Who would not love to fire a pot and get along with the fine environment that Nepal beholds. Read about the interesting facts of hippies that came to Kathmandu in the 70′s and 80′s; they know it all.
7. World Heritage Sites
Nepal has the densest concentration with regards to World Heritage sites. Kathmandu Valley which includes 3 districts Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur holds around 7 World Heritage Cultural sites at around a radius of 15 kilometers. Some of them include the Pashupatinath, the Swayambhunath, Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square.
6. The Namaste Tradition
One of the most different part of greeting in this country is that they don’t shake hands or hug. They hold both of their palm and bow down and say ‘Namaste’. Mythically this means that they salute the god living inside the soul. Who would not love a child greet you when you sit tired in the shade? Lovely!
5. The Unity
With the slogan of ‘Unity in Diversity’, Nepalese people hold one of the best feelings of patriotism and nationality. Whatever it be, a football or a cricket tournament, an event promotion or anything, people from all the caste and creeds unite together for the sake of the nation. We can take the example of Buddha for who Nepalese people showed strong determination and outcast India on the topic by taking the protest to the international forums. We can see the unity of people together in any concerts, ceremonies, local and national festivals that bound them as one.
4. The National Flag
Nepal has a flag that is only non- quadrilateral shaped and no other country have it in that shape. Recent researches on flags show that the national flag of Nepal is the most mathematical flag in the entire world. With blue border and red filler, the national flag has sun and moon embedded in it. The two triangles represent the Himalayan Mountains and two major religions Hinduism and Buddhism that people most follow in the country.
3. Mountain climbing, trekking and rafting
Nepal has a wide prospect in mountain climbing, trekking and rafting. With eight highest peaks in the world, a lot of people come for mountain climbing and trekking to the Himalayan regions of the country. Also, there are a lot of fast flowing rivers like Trisuli which are world-wide known for rafting. More than 20% of tourist who come to visit Nepal come for rafting and trekking to different holy pilgrims and beautiful sites that are located in Nepal. What if you see the YETI when you go to the mountains? It’s going to be an amazing adventure.
2. Diverse records in world
Nepal holds a number of world records and prizes around the world. With Mount Everest being the peak of the world at the height of 8,848 m, there are others like the Tilicho lake- the highest lake on earth at the height of 4800m, Shey Phoksundo Lake- the deepest lake of 145m at the height of 3600m, the deepest gorge of Kalidanki of 1200m and the highest valley on Earth- the Arun valley. Nepal also holds some of the world famous Guinness world records and different international prizes, international recognitions and involvements that have made the profile of this small country to be one of the best.
1. The Gurkha Legacy
This must be one of the most interesting part of Nepal. Countries like India and China who surround Nepal were ruled by foreign powers in the history but no power could suppress Nepalese and the will of legendary Gurkhas in taking over Nepal. Gurkhas are also well known for their leadership, bravery, courage and no-fear nature that they showed in the World Wars. World Famous footballer Maradona once quoted that they would not have won against England in 1986 world cups if there were Gurkhas in the football stadium. Several quotations have been made in favor of Gurkhas and the most famous of them is “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he must be lying or is a Gurkha.” Gurkhas are also regarded as the most powerful strike force for any wars and fights.
Nepal is one of the finest country with wide prospect of development in technology and tourism sectors. With wide variety of flora and fauna in the country, Nepal beholds some of the rarest species like the one-horned Rhino, the Bengal tiger and their national flower Rhododendron. Nepal is truly a god’s playground and the country is beautiful with stunning landscapes, charismatic mountains and mesmerizing lakes. As itself the name says NEPAL-”Never Ending Peace and Love”. Let love and peace flourish in this holy grain through the times ahead forever.