Namaste: a form of greeting in Nepal/India – Direct translation: ‘I salute the God in you’.
Namaste! I was born in the beautiful country, Nepal, a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. It is also home to the tallest mountain(s) in the WORLD and it is the birth place of Lord Buddha. Sounds like a wonderful country doesn’t it? It is and to give you glimpses of this beautiful country and the lifestyle here, I am starting a Nepal Travel Diary series! So, if you haven’t followed this blog yet – what are you waiting for? Get on the bandwagon (you know you want to) and you won’t miss out on a single adventure!
To get us started, here are some fun facts about Nepal:
1. The flag:
Nepal’s flag is very unique as it is the only flag in the world that is not quadrilateral in shape. The flag, as pictured above is made of two triangles – it is said that they represent the Himalayan mountains as well as the two major religions of the country, Hinduism and Buddhism.
2. Top of the world:
You probably know about Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, however it isn’t the only mountain that Nepal is home to. In fact, 8 of the 10 highest mountains – Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna I are located in Nepal.
3. Birthplace of Lord Buddha:
Lumbini is a UNESCO World Herritage Site, located in the Rupandehi district of Nepal and according to Buddhist tradition, it is where Siddhartha Gautama (Lord Budhha) was born.
4. World Heritage Sites:
Of the Capitals in the world, Kathmandu has the densest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Kathmandu Valley alone has 7 World Heritage Sites within a radius of 15 kilometers! However, the World Heritage Sites were greatly affected in the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal on April 2015. Nevertheless, the sites have reopened thanks to rebuilding efforts, some of which are still ongoing to this date.
The World Heritage Sites in Nepal are just incredible and visiting them allows you to learn about the rich culture, art and history of the country!
5. The Amazon of Asia:
Did you know that Nepal is also known as the Amazon of Asia? It gets this name because of the rich biodiversity in the country. There are more than 185 species of mammals, including: red pandas, snow leopards, one horned rhinoceros, Tibetan wolfs, and Bengal tigers and for those of you that like bird watching – Nepal is a bird lover’s paradise as it has more than 900 species of birds! PS: in 2014, Nepal became the first country in the world to achieve zero poaching, setting a standard for other countries – way to go! You can read more about it here.
Bonus: When it comes to the world’s slowest internet connection, Nepal ranks second. Having used the wifi here, which by the way is slow – it did not shock me that Nepal belonged on the list however I did not expect it to be second in the world! Now that was a little shocking to me, who knew it was so high on the list.
Did any of these facts stand out to you? If so, let me know which one(s) in the comments section below.
I hope you enjoyed these fun facts and want to visit Nepal someday if you haven’t already! And if you have . . . I think it’s time you make another visit for there is so much to explore in Nepal. I am excited to share my adventures with you in my new series, Navigating Nepal!