The enigmatic beauty of Nepal consists of a plethora of hidden treasures and attractions inside its periphery. Squeezed between the two giant countries India and China, Nepal is mostly known for its pristine Himalayan beauty. But the Himalayas are not only the identities of this tiny land. There are several enticing facts of Nepal someone don't know. Therefore with the aspiration to introduce this nature blessed country in a perfect way below I have mentioned around 51 Interesting facts about Nepal.
Whenever there comes the topic of Nepal, most of the people think of Everest only. Obviously, Everest is the pride of Nepal. But after going through this blog, you will know Nepal from a different aspect. Furthermore, these facts give you much reason to include Nepal in your travel bucket list. If you have already planned a Nepal tour or Nepal trekking for your upcoming vacation, the below-given facts about Nepal help you make your travel more fruitful.
Tilicho Lake-Is it still the highest elevated lake in the world?
The recently discovered Kajin Sara Lake in Manang District is gaining fame as the world's highest lake. However, the official height of this lake has not yet been confirmed. So, don't go for rumours. Located at an elevation of 4919m above sea level, Tilicho Lake in Manang is still the highest elevated lake in the world.
Everest View Hotel-Highest Placed Star Hotel
You may not be aware of the fact that Nepal is home to the world's highest located Everest View Hotel. Within a few hours of walk from Namche Bazaar, Everest View Hotel is standing at an elevation of 3880 meters. Each balcony offers stunning views of Everest and other mountains. The hotel was founded here in 1971. In 2004, it was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as one of the highest placed hotels in the world.
Saturday-Most awaited weekend day in Nepal
Unlike other countries in the world, the weekend day in Nepal is Saturday. On the day most of the schools and government offices remain closed. Visiting any of the parks, shopping centres, temples and any other recreational centre, you are likely to find more crowd on this day.
Except for Saturday, all other days are working days in Nepal.
Baglung-Parbat Pedestrian Bridge- World's longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
The bridge connecting Kushma of Parbat with Baglung is a 567m long single-span bridge in Nepal. To register the name of the Baglung-Parbat bridge in the Guinness World Record List as the world's longest single-span pedestrian bridge, authorities have initiated their process.
Currently, the 516m long Arouca bridge in Portugal holds the record for longest Pedestrian bridge in the world. Prior to Arouca, there was a name of Switzerland's 'Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge' in the list.
Similarity between Map of Nepal and Portugal
You may not believe but it is one of the interesting facts about Nepal. When the map of Nepal is turned 90 degrees clockwise, the map seems very much similar to that of Portugal.
Nepal is the only country in the world that does not resemble the rectangle or square shape on its national flag. The triangular Nepal flag makes it unique from all other nations.
Cow-National animal of Nepal
The cow is the national animal of Nepal. Hindus of this country revere cow as the incarnation of Goddess Laxmi. Thus, they worship cows almost on every occasion. However, 3rd day of Tihar(Nepal's Biggest Festival) is especially dedicated to the cow.
Being a sacred and national animal, slaughtering cows is considered illegal in Nepal. If you are a beef lover there are some restaurants in Nepal that import beef from other countries.
Have you ever heard of people worshipping the dog? You might have not if you have never been to Nepal.
Nepalese people worshipping the dogs, isn't it the fun fact of Nepal? Well, it might sound funny but on the second day of Nepal's biggest festival Tihar, Dogs are worshipped in every house. The dog is considered the vehicle of Kal Bhairava, one of the manifestations of Lord Shiva.
Elephant Polo-Thrilling Sport
The adventurous Elephant Polo sport was originated in Meghauli, Chitwan, Nepal. This is a type of polo where two people ride an elephant. One of the two holds a cane and hits the ball. Listening to the player, another person, who is Mahut, rides an elephant in the specified direction. The World Elephant Championship is held here every year.
Have never been Colonized
Despite being a small nation, no powerful countries in the world ever succeeded to colonize Nepal. Due to the bravery of the daring Gurkhas of Nepal, we Nepalese people never celebrate Independent Day.
Lumbini- The Birth Place of Lord Gautam Buddha
There are lots of controversial news regarding the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha. Some call Buddha was born in India whereas other believe that the Buddha was born in Nepal.
Well, the fact is that Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini in 623 B.C. And the place Lumbini lies in Nepal.
Volleyball or Dandi Biyo which one is Nepal's national game?
Dandi Biyo was the national game of Nepal till the official declaration of volleyball as the national game on the 23rd of May 2017.
Yeti-The Snow Men
Himalayas of Nepal is said to be the home of the mysterious creature Yeti.
Kaligandaki Gorge- Deepest gorge in the world
It is eminent fact that Nepal is the land of the highest mountain in the world, Mt.Everest. But have you ever listened about the presence of the world deepest gorge in Nepal? Well, the Kali Gandaki Gorge is the deepest gorge in the World.
Wondering what this measurement depicts? Here, it is actually the depth of Shey-Phoksundo Lake. Shey-Phoksundo is the deepest lake in the entire world and is located in the Dolpa District of Nepal. To savour the beauty of this trans-Himalayan lake you can opt for the Upper Dolpo Trekking in Nepal.
New-Year in Mid April
Where most of the countries in the world use the Georgian Calander, Nepal uses its own calendar Vikram Samvat. Vikram Samvat is 57 years and 8.5 months ahead of Georgian Calender.
As per the Vikram Samvat calendar, the people of Nepal celebrates the new year in mid-April.
Better to Die than to be a recreant
It is the motto of the Nepalese Gurkha Army who are popular throughout the world for their bravery and courage. Due to their courageous nature, Nepali Gurkha Army has been a part of the British Army since 1815.
Varieties of Language
Nepali is the official language of Nepal. However, when visiting this country one can listen to varieties of languages spoken by different ethnic groups. There are around 100 ethnic groups speaking over 90 different languages in Nepal.
No religious and ethnic riots
Around 81.3% of the Nepalese population follow the Hindu religion. After Hinduism, the most followed religion in Nepal is Buddhism. Other remaining populations follow several other religions like Christian, Muslims, Jain and so on. Though the country belongs to a diverse ethnic group following different cultures and religions, till today Nepal has not faced any riots in the name of religion and ethnicity. There is Unity in Diversity in Nepal.
8848meters- Measurement of the highest peak in the world
With an elevation of 8848m above sea level, Mount Everest is the highest peak in the entire universe and is located in the Solukhumbu district in Nepal. But technically, Everest is not the world's highest mountain.
Obviously, Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain when it is measured above sea level. However, when measured from base to the summit, Mauna Keya mountain of Hawai grabs all the attention. The height of Mauna Keya above sea level is 4205meters. The entire height of Mauna Keya from base to the summit is 9966meters which is higher than that of Mount Everest.
Alternative names of Everest
Named after Sir George Everest, the world's highest Mount Everest is known widely as Mount Everest. However, it has got other names as well. For instance: Nepali people refer to Mt. Everest as Sagarmatha whereas in Tibetan it is called Chomolungma.
Namaste- A cute gesture used by Nepali People
Since the introduction of Yoga, you might have heard the word Namaste. But in Nepal, the word Namaste has a different meaning. It is not simply a posture used during Yoga.
By pressing the two palms opposite to each other, Nepali people bow their heads and greet you with the word Namaste. Nepali people believe that in every soul there exists the divine spirit. So to show their gratitude towards the divine spirit in another person, Nepali people use Namaste as a greeting. Namaste literally means "I respect the divine spirit in you".
With a cute smile on their face, magnanimous Nepali people often use the word Namaste for all types of greetings. During your tour in Nepal, this is the word you will hear most.
Have you ever heard about the presence of the Desert in Nepal?
Knowing about Nepal being a landlocked country you might have the image of dry and arid landscaped Nepal on your mind. But the fact is that there is not even a single desert in Nepal.
Throughout the world, the nearest Base Camp from City-Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp in the Annapurna region of Nepal is the world's closest base camp from the city area. Situated at the height of 4130meters, marathon trekkers can reach the camp within a day. For the zealous and adventurous trekkers, the base camp is reachable within 2 days. Other people with good fitness levels can complete the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in a minimum of 3 days.
Annapurna I- World's Most Difficult Mountain for Climbing
Don't get confused with the climbing difficulty of the mountain with its height. Mountain Annapurna in Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world. But when it comes to climbing the mountain, Annapurna I is the world's most strenuous mountain to conquer.
Social and religious taboos during Mensuration Period
Mensuration is a biological process that initially occurs in girls normally between the age of 11 and 13. It also marks the stage of puberty among girls. Reading the upcoming sentence you might get startled, but it's the reality of Nepalese society. Despite being the natural process, due to various social and religious beliefs, in our Nepalese society girls here are restricted to do all the religious and household activities. Girls are regarded as untouchable during their mensuration period.
Unique tradition of bowing down to the Living Goddess
Worshipping the living goddess, does it really happen anywhere in the world? This question might have rendered on your mind. Well, yes it is the fact of Nepal someone doesn't know. This country has the unique tradition of worshipping Kumari-The Living Goddess. The word Kumari is dedicated to a virgin in Nepali. As a manifestation of the goddess Durga, Kumari is worshipped in Nepal. If the time favours you, during your religious tour in Nepal you can observe all this by yourself.
Red-The colour holds significant importance among married Nepali women
For Nepalese women, red is not simply a colour. It is the symbol of their marital identity. For them, it is the symbol of love and passion. Red is the remainder of the marital life of the Nepali women. It symbolizes the long-lasting relationship of the woman with her husband. However, when a woman becomes a widow, she abandons the colour red in her attire.
World's Dangerous Airport-Lukla Airport
Located at an elevation of 2800m, the tiny airstrip of Lukla airport is one of the most thrilling airport in the world.
Home to the 8 out of 10 highest mountains in the world
Making Nepal the paradise for trekking, the country hosts 8 out of 10 highest mountains in the world including the world's highest Mt Everest. Name of the other seven mountains is, Mt.Kanchenjunga, Mt.Manaslu, Mt.Cho Oyu, Mt.Makali, Mt.Annapurna, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Dhaulagiri.
Highest Rainfall Area-Pokhara
At the foothills of the Annapurna region, Pokhara in Kaski district is one of the highest rainfall city throughout the world. So before embarking on the journey towards this region, do make sure to carry rain gear.
Variation in altitude resulting extreme change in Climate
It is the geographical fact of Nepal that the country has a great diversity in its geographical land. Resulting in the extreme variation in altitude, the diverse geography of Nepal also faces a great variation in climate as well. For instance: Visiting the Terai region of Nepal during the final days of Spring lets you experience the extremely hot climate of that region. However, travelling to the hilly or mountain region of Nepal at this same season lets you feel the cold climate of that region.
Spiny Babbler- Locally called Kande Bhayakur
Literally translated as Thrown birds in English, Kande Bhayakur is a beautiful bird found only in the Mid-hills of Nepal.
Kathmandu-Teemed with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Out of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal, within a few walking distances, seven of the stunning UNESCO sites are located inside the Kathmandu Valley. UNESCO listed Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Changunaryan Temple are the landmarks of the Valley. Well known as the living Museum of Nepal, the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley lets the traveller mull about the history and culture of Nepal.
Momos-Best Dumplings in the World
Momos are the gem of Nepali eateries. With the fillings of minced meat or vegetables inside the floor dumplings, Momos are served with the dipping sauce which is locally known as chutney or achar. Initially, the dish was popular among the Newari Family but today this dish is prepared in almost every house and restaurant. During your visit to Nepal, give a try to this succulent dish.
Dal-Bhat Tarkari-Two time Meal of Nepali
You can consider it the fun fact of Nepal or the amazing fact of Nepal. Nepali People's meal is incomplete without Dal Bat and Tarkari. In past days, Dhindo and Gunduruk were served two times per day in almost every household. However, today, wherever you go in Nepal, you will see Nepalese people serving Dal Bhat in most of the households. Though traditional Dal-Bhat is cheaper in cost, the energy and endurance that this staple food provides to humans are absolutely great than enough. Whoever tries this traditional dish, opt to taste it again and again during one's trip in Nepal.
Popular Squatty Toilets in Nepal
It is a fact that the people of Nepal are slowly adopting western systems in many of their daily activities. However, visiting this country you might get confused regarding the use of squatty toilets. While heading towards the trekking region of Nepal, in most of the areas squatty toilets are just the only option. But, during your stay in the city areas, western toilets are also common.
Upside Down Heels or Shoes- Symbolizes a bad luck
It might sound a cliche, but keeping the heels or shoes upside down is believed to bring bad luck in life. So whenever Nepalese people see the shoes or heels in the upside-down position they immediately turn the position of the shoes or heels in the appropriate position.
Use of the left hand: Symbolizes Rudeness
It is fact that some people in the world have the habit of using the left hand by birth. However, in Nepal using the left hand during any auspicious occasion showcases disrespect. Further, if you ever got the chance to have dinner at Nepalese People house just try to use your right hand to eat.
Guests- Abode of Gods
You might have seen and experienced different shades of landscapes and adventures during your travel throughout the world. But, venturing the journey to this beautiful landlocked country, Nepal, you will get mesmerized by the amazing hospitality of the smiling Nepali People. Keeping in mind the mantra of respecting guests like gods, Nepalese people make your stay in each household and restaurant a memorable one.
Hospitality of gregarious Nepali people is among the ones, for attracting travellers to join the Nepal Tour and Treks again and again.
Marijuana Grow Well in Nepali Land
For the growth of Marijuana, a weed, Nepal has the most fertile land. In ancient days most of the male population of this country used to take Marijuana as a blessing of Lord Shiva. However, today cultivating, transporting and taking this weed is considered illegal in Nepal. If you join the trekking in Nepal, you can see this plant growing well in the forest of mountains, side of roads and even in ditches.
Devasting Earthquake of 2015
It is fact of Nepal that the country has survived several massive earthquake destructions up to this date. The latest massive earthquake that Nepal survived was the earthquake of the year 2015. On 25th April 2015, at around 11:55 am Nepali time, the country suffered an earthquake of 7.9 magnitude. The devasting earthquake not only destructed the geographical land and religious heritages and architects but also killed many people. Further many people were left homeless and several people got physically disabled. The country has completed several restoration and reconstruction works.
Conglomeration of Adventures
Whether you are a trekking enthusiast or mountain climbing lover, to fill up your adrenaline rush, the country has got the best trekking routes and climbing mountains. The tempting Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Kanchanjunga South Base Camp Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek and many other treks of this Himalayan country set the perfect example of adventure among the zealous trekkers. Attempting the world's second-highest bungee jump from Kushma gives adventure enthusiasts the next level of satisfaction. Besides, Sky Diving, Paragliding, Zip Flying, Canoeing, White water rafting and several other adventures are available on Pokhara and many other places of Nepal.
Must-Visit Country for Lepidopterist
With a population of over 650 different species of butterflies, Nepal houses approximately 3.7% of the world's butterfly species. For the butterfly watchers, the tour around the hills of Kathmandu, river banks near Chitwan National Park, Lumbini and many other places offer abundant opportunities to witness different species of butterflies.
Home to over 850 different species of birds, Nepal inhabitants total around 8% of the world's birds population. Some of the wonderful places for birdwatching tours in Nepal are Chitwan National Park and the surrounding hills of Kathmandu Valley.
Home to the endangered one-horned rhino and other diverse wildlife
Chitwan National Park of Nepal is the home to the endangered one-horned rhino. Besides rhinos, there are various other species of animals found in the verdant forest of Nepal. To explore wildlife a sightseeing tour to Chitwan National Park is a great choice. Alternatively, with the presence of abundant wild creatures including One-Horned Rhino, Bardia Jungle Safari Tour is another fabulous choice. Furthermore, trekking in Nepal also lets the trekkers witness various wildlife.
Varieties of floral species adorn this tiny nation
The variation in altitude and climate is the reason why the growth of the diverse flowering plant can be witnessed in Nepal. Further, the diversity in every aspect gave Nepal the title of 'Amazon of Asia'. More than 6000 species of flowering plants are there in Nepal.
Second richest country in water resource
As most of the elders are already known, this Nepal fact for Kids clearly states that after Brazil, Nepal is the second richest country in water resources throughout the world.
Mouth of three major river systems of Asia
The Himalayas of Nepal consists of the third largest depository of snow and ice throughout the world. Further, these Himalayas are the originating source of the three of the popular rivers of Asia. The name of those popular rivers is The Yamuna, The Brahmaputra and the river Ganga.
Prioritize arrange marriage over love marriage
Though love marriages are gaining some priority in recent days, arrange marriages in Nepal are still very common here. In some parts of the city areas and most of the rural villages, the tradition of matching caste during marriage is still very common.
Woman Marrying more than two or several husbands
It is quite common to hear a practice of a man marrying more than one wife. But, a woman marrying more than one husband, is quite unusual to hear. Many people are unaware of this hidden fact of Nepal, but the system of Fraternal Polyandry is practised in the Himalayas of Nepal where Tibetan Nepali resides. Due to the availability of small land areas in the Himalayan regions, the system of Fraternal Polyandry was introduced. Here, a woman can marry several men, however, these men should be brothers from the same family. They believe that by having such a type of marriage, the family does not need to divide the land.
Country with zero gold medals in Olympic
Nepal has not officially won any gold medal in Olympics till now.
4th highest ginger producing country
After India, China and Nigeria, Nepal is the fourth-highest ginger producing country all over the world.
Rank of Nepal By Area
With an area of 147,181 square kilometres, Nepal was ranked as the world's 93rd largest country by land area. Currently, with the addition of the 335 square kilometres of the disputed land area, the new area of Nepal is 147,516 square kilometres.