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A country where 2500 years of Buddhist and Hindu culture meet the high Himalayas, jungles teeming with wildlife and valleys that are scenic sanctuaries.

Nestled in the Himalayas lies Nepal known as the kingdom where mortals mingle with deities. Nepal is still a heady place, whether you're a trekker on a trail to Annapurna, a climber on your way to Everest or a seeker on the path to enlightenment. There are few countries on Earth that can match its combination of spectacular scenery, exotic culture and hospitable people. Along with the world's deepest canyon and eight of the world's 10 highest mountains, Nepal has steamy jungles and terraced valleys laced with ancient villages, remote temples and wildlife preserves.

Surrounded by the greatest heights of the Himalaya, the kingdom of Nepal is a land of eternal attraction, a place where one visit is hardly ever enough. It's a land of colorful cultures, ancient history and people, superb scenery and some of the best walking on earth.

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Nepal's history is closely related to its geographical location, separating the fertile plains of India from the desert-like plateau of Tibet. Its position between Indian and China meant the country was able at times to play the role of intermediary - a canny trader between two great powers - while at other times it faced the threat of invasion. Internally, its history was just as dynamic, with city-states in the hills vying with each other for power until one powerful king, Prithvi Narayan Shah, overran them all. That history is very visible today with the three great towns of the Kathmandu valley - Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - still bearing witness to their days as fiercely competitive mediaeval mini-kingdoms. Indeed, in Nepal it's often possible to suspend belief and mentally roll the clock right back to the mediaeval era.

Behind the old temples and places of the Kathmandu Valley, above and beyond the hills that surrounding the valley, another kingdom' rises skyward. The abode of snows' which is what Himalaya means in Sanskrit, is a natural kingdom' and a magnet to mountaineers from all above the world. You don't have to be Sherpa or Hillary in order for you to get in amongst these great mountains. With a touch of enterprises and a modicum of fitness most travelers can walk the trails that lead into the road less heights of the Himalaya. In Nepal one trek is rarely enough, and many visitors soon find themselves planning to return. Fascinating old town, magnificent temples and great walking are not all Nepal has to offer. Many visitors come to Nepal expecting to find these things but also discover how outstanding friendly the Nepalese are.

 

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Location

It borders with the Tibet autonomous region of the people's republic of China in the north and  India in the east, south and west respectively.

Capital city

Kathmandu

Time

Nepali time is 5hours 45minutes ahead of GMT and 15 minutes ahead of Indian Standard Time

Altitude

Varies from 70 meters to 8848 meters

Climate

Nepal has four major seasons, namely

1. Winter: December- February          3.Summer : June-August

2. Spring : March-May                 4. Autumn : September -November

Nepal can be visited the whole year around.

People & Religion

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups- the Indo Aryans and the Mangoloids . Kathmandu valley is the spiritual and cultural meeting point of all these groups. Nepal is the only Hindu kingdom in the world.  Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines are scattered all over the kingdom. Nepal being the birth place of lord Buddha , is the light of Asia. There is complex blending of  Hinduism & Buddhism in Nepal.

What to bring

Nepal's climate variations due to altitude mean that at certain times of year you'll have to come prepared for almost anything. If you're in Nepal during the winter you'll find it's T-shirt weather if you're tracking wildlife in the Terai, but up at the Everest Base Camp you'll want the best thermal gear money can buy! In the Kathmandu Valley, The daytime weather is pleasant year round, but in winter the temperature drops as soon as the sun sets, or even goes behind a cloud. It never reaches freezing in the valley, however, so it's sweater or warm-jacket weather, nothing worse. Climb higher to the valley edge at Nagarkot and you can find it much colder. You will need an umbrella or raincoat during the monsoon season, specially in Pokhara where rainfall is heavier than in Kathmandu. A month after the monsoon it can be pleasantly warm.  Clothing is easily and cheaply available in the market. If you need one, You can get one here.

 

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