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Nepal is small country of striking natural beauty sandwiched between the two rising world power houses, China and India. In June 2006 the people's popular movement overthrew centuries-old Shah Dynasty and Nepal was proclaimed a Federal Democratic Republic on May 28, 2008. After many years of rebellion, the country returned to its natural state of peace and the nation is implementing legal system with a mix of enthusiasm and hope with some trepidation of unknown for the people of Nepal.
General Information About Nepal:
|Information About Nepal|
|Official Name||Republic Of Nepal|
|Area||3 147.181 Sq. km|
|Political System||Multiparty Democracy with Constitutional Monarch|
|Religious Groups||Hindus (89.5%), Buddhists (5.3%), Muslims (2.7%),Christians & others (0.023%)|
|Currency||Nepalese Rupee (NR)|
|National Holiday||May 28 (republican Day)|
Nepal is a land-locked country nestled in the heart of mighty Himalayan Range. It is situated in Southern Asia with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China bordering in the north while sharing its eastern, western and southern borders with India.
Nepal national language of is Nepali. People in urban areas speak and understand English well, which is being de facto second language of most Nepalese. People working in the tourism industry also speak and understand major international languages in particularly Chinese, Indian, French, Japanese, German, Spanish and many others. Many Nepalese obtained high education in non-English speaking countries especially in Eastern Europe before European unification, so one may meet professional Nepalese engineer speaking Polish or Russian. Apart from these, there are hundreds of local dialects spoken by people from various ethnic groups.
Locate in subtropical zone and mostly high within Himalayan Range, Nepal has a moderate climate condition throughout the year with four major seasons, namely, : Winter: December - February, Spring: March-May, Summer: June - August and Autumn: September - November. Nepal can be visited all the year round.
People and Religionl
Nepal is a secular state and it respects the practice and existence of different religions within its territory. Nepalese people originate from mainly two distinct ancestral groups: Indo-Aryans and Mongoloids (the Kirants). The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the country. Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha, the Herald of Peace. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and people of other religions live together here in perfect harmony and respect.
Religion in Nepal
About ninety per cent of the people are Hindus, 5.3 per cent are Buddhists, 3% are Muslims and the rest of the people comprises of other religion. Hinduism and Buddhism are the two major religions in Nepal. There is a complex blend of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal. Although a Hindu kingdom, all deities are worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists alike. A remarkable feature of the land is the mutual bond of friendship between the people of the two religions. Buddhists are mainly found along the northern border area and in the eastern part of the country. Hindus are found in the south and west and Muslims are mainly concentrated along the border with India.
Currency & Foreign exchange
The currency is Nepalese Rupees and comes in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. The receipts of such transaction should to be obtained and retained. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at the foreign exchange counter at the airport upon arrival too. Visitors other than the Indian nationals are required to make payment in foreign currency (non-Indian Currency) in hotels, trekking agencies or travel agencies and for air tickets. Some shop owners, such as outdoor or arts and crafts will accept some foreign currencies (U$, Euro) from customers as a convenience servic
Tourist Attractions in Nepal
The city of Nepal comprises of three royal cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Nepal is the vast open-air museum of Newar culture with its colossal ensemble of sculptures, temples, monuments and magnificent art. The tourist attractions in Nepal are Kathmandu, Nsgarkot, Dhulikhel, Daman, Pokhra, Royal Chitwan National Park, Lumbini, Patan and Bhaktapur. The famous tourist attractions in Kathmandu are the Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Bodhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Temple of Living goddess Kumari and Changu Narayan temple.
Climate in Nepal:
Note: For up-to-date weather forecast information please visit
http://www.mfd.gov.np/adminm/report.php - Today's weather forecast of Nepal for in mountain destinations.