As a citizen of a landlocked country “Nepal” located within the folds of the Himalayas mountain range that does not produce missiles, no crude oil, no terrorism, no metro cities like in the first world, introducing my origin is interesting! “Oh, where is Nepal”?  The funniest part is when people know Mt Everest as the highest peak in the world but not the country where it belongs?

Imagine mountains, indigenous people living with nature-worshipping mountain gods, trees and rivers, where there are villages at altitude as high as 4500mtr altitude, people have to wait for the clouds to drift away to see the next village, far from the sights and sounds of the modern cities and world, Nepal a sovereign independent country with an area of 147,181 square kilometers 41st by Population and 94th by area.  It is located at 27° 42′ 6N and 85° 19′ 14E.

We are sadly landlocked sharing open border with India to the south, east & west and the greater Himalayan border with China (Tibet) to the North.  Being sandwiched between the two great civilization and culture it is no surprise that in the geographical vicinity some diffusions resulting in synonyms is found, however keeping aside that small percentage Nepali population, in general, are distinct even within due to various ethnic background and one thing that binds them all is their common life evolved in the mountains from high to low commonly known as “Terai”.

Nepal map

Nepal is an independent country in South Asia

The Himalayan mountain range is very long expanding from east to west, so to say northeast India in the east to Afghanistan in the West and Geographically is located in the middle where the mountains are ferocious and competing with the clouds on their height.  Because the Himalayan mountain range is large and in this context there is this misconception amongst few that is Nepal a part of the big Indian subcontinent? While India was colonized by the British, Nepal always remained an independent sovereign country.

Geographically we are home to 8 out of 14 highest mountain peaks in the world.  Nepal is also the birthplace of Lord Buddha. So where is it in Asia? Nepal is slightly larger than 1.5 times the size of Portugal.

Imagine Kathmandu valley the countries capital, is the largest valley with only 49km2. Which is roughly 30-minute drive east to west. The rest of the land is covered by hills and mountains. You will be amazingly surprised If you imagine the formation of Nepal and the world’s tallest mountain. Watch this amazing HD video for your clear idea of how Nepal Himalayas was formed.

Formation of Himalayas

Nepal location myths busted

  • Nepal is not located in Europe!
  • Nepal is not a colonized country!
  • Nepal is certainly not a part of India!
  • Nepal is not a city in Italy

“NEPAL”, the only country with a Triangular National Flag.

It is not Naples, Napales, or any other search word people use to google!

Religion

Based on the 2011 census 81.3% of the Nepalese population was Hindu, 9.0% was Buddhist, 4.4% was Muslim, 3.0% was Kiratist (indigenous ethnic religion), 1.4% was Christian, 0.2% was Sikhs, 0.1% was Jains and 0.6% follows other religions or no religion.

religion in Nepal

Language

Based on the reported census 2011 over 120 languages are spoken in Nepal. 44.6% of the total population in Nepal speaks the Nepali language which also stands as our National language. The detail provided below in the graph.

language in Nepal

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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!). I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

Our team at NEST has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor. Don't forget to visit our customer feedback page on TripAdvisor. If you believe our expert team can be helpful in planning your next trip to Nepal, then please do not hesitate to contact me at nestadventure@gmail.com. I am also available 24x7 on WhatsApp  +977- 9851052042. If you are interested to know more about my travel journey follow me on  FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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