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.
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.
Changunarayan – UNESCO World Heritage Site
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.
Ram Janaki Temple – Janakpur
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.
Nepal |Mar 23, 2014
Mani Rimdu is celebrated from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (mid-October‒mid-November) to the nineteenth day of the month.
Culture & Festivals |Jun 21, 2023
Bhutan may be a small kingdom but it surely has a lot of festivals. These are mostly religious in nature and are called tshechus. Tshechu means the “tenth day” of a month of the lunar calendar, a day when Guru Rimpoche’s birthday is celebrated.
Others |Jun 18, 2023
While shamanism exists in different variations worldwide, it shares some common beliefs. These are: spirits exist (can be good or evil); they can communicate with the spirits and they can cure sickness caused by them; they can induce trance-like states to incite visionary ecstasy; and they can tell the future.
Nepal |Oct 3, 2022
Lets explore the medieval monasteries and indigenous Sherpa people that lives in the upper Himalayan region of the Everest region.
Nepal |May 28, 2015
Nepal was struck by a disastrous earthquake of 7.9 magnitude on April 25, 2015, and a series of aftershocks, two of which were of 6.8 and 7.3 magnitudes, respectively. More than 8000 people have lost their lives, thousands more have been injured, and hundreds of thousands of houses have been destroyed.
Tours |Jun 12, 2023
In a similar vein, serpent worship is also a big part of Nepal’s tradition and occurs at different times as a part of different festivals. One such festival is Nag Panchami which is celebrated in the month of Shrawan (July/August), specifically
Trekking |Jul 5, 2023
The bond between men and horses in the Himalayan region of Nepal and elsewhere in places like Tibet and central Asia is a special one. This relationship is a throwback to the days when the next village or the next country were an enemy and wars were frequent.
Tours |May 22, 2023
That’s right, a country cannot be fully known and its culture really understood by just looking at its capital city alone. No doubt, Kathmandu is renowned as a World Heritage Site with seven groups of cultural monuments (Monument Zones), that is,
Spiritual |Jun 22, 2023
There are some things that even words together with photographs cannot do justice to. Hiranyavarna Mahavihar in Kwabahal of Patan, Lalitpur, is one such experience. The beauty of its structure and the fascination of its environment are things that must be experienced personally by being there.
Sustainability |Jul 14, 2023
“Sustainable travel is up to all of us – travelers and industry providers alike – to integrate into every journey.” said Hostelling International USA’s Director of Communications and PR Netanya Trimboli in New York on Nov 17 at the ‘Global Summit’ for the sustainable tourism.
Nepal |Aug 3, 2015
For years, Nepal has played friendly host to tourist, trekkers and mountaineers without shying away from opening new trails and routes to scenic destinations for the world!