Nepal is a country of nuances – just when you think you know it all, it surprises you. From the underrated wildlife to the incredible concentration of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, it’s a country that can’t be conventionally categorized because there truly is something for every type of traveler. Below, a round-up of interesting facts to share with your clients:
Most travelers are surprised to find that there are rhinos in Nepal – however, that’s not the only unsuspecting animal. Nepal is also home to foxes, tigers, leopards (clouded and snow), elephants, pangolins, red pandas, and even dolphins! The country’s unique topography provides for incredible biodiversity in varied micro-climates.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
There are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the small country: Chitwan and Sagarmatha National Park, Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha), and seven in the Kathmandu Valley including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Changunarayan.
Unlike in most countries, blood has never been spilled in the name of religion. Over 80 ethnic groups speaking 123 different languages all live harmoniously. Part of what makes Nepal so unique is the conflation of these different cultures that contribute to the country’s identity.
Nepal has the highest mountains in the world – in fact, 8 of the tallest world peaks are located here, the most impressive being the famed Mount Everest which sits at 8,848 meters above sea level.
More Fun Facts:
- It is the year 2074 in Nepal. Instead of the Gregorian calendar, Nepal uses the Nepalese calendar or Bikram Sambat which includes elements of the lunar calendar and solar calendar.
- The national sport is volleyball.
- Nepal is the largest producer of mustard seeds and the third largest producer of ginger.