In the southern part of giant continent Asia there lies rectangular tiny Himalayan country squeezed between two huge populated countries - China on the north and India on the south, east and west is the country called Nepal - the world of its own.
The land of contrast is ostensibly the exact way to define the topography of Nepal for you. Here, you will find maximum world’s eight highest peaks soaring high up above the clouds striving for God’s abode. Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Annapurna and many other peaks are there for the mountain-lovers and adventurers.
No wonder after viewing the panoramic views of everlasting snow-covered mountain ranges if you find yourself not far below (within a day’s distance) busy taking close-up photos of Royal Bengal Tigress prowling in the dense tropical forest along with one-horn Rhinos, Gharials, Crocodiles, and many endangered vertebrate mammals and reptiles amidst the friendly people of natives belonging to different colorful 36 ethnic groups.
Thus, it is not unusual to bask round the snowy peaks in the early morning and take warm shower under tropical sun with distance covered by your own on-foot journey within a day. Also, the land is blessed with everlasting peace and tranquility. So, for the reason Lord Buddha was born here. According to Hindu relic (Ramayana) Sita (wife of Lord Ram) was also born in this particular place. These ancient and medieval relics are still well preserved and full of lives. When you witness, every wall speaks itself. That is why many visitors cannot help themselves gasping, and trying hard to retake a gulf of air to gulp down as the breathtaking views almost take their breath.
Nepal At A Glance
Continent : Asia
Official Name : Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Capital : Kathmandu
Location : Situated between India in the south, east and west and Tibetan autonomous region of the People's Republic of China in the north.
Area : 147,181 sq. km.
Length : 885 km. (East to West)
Width : Non-uniform, mean width of 193 km. (North to South)
Political System : Democratic Republic
Population : 25 Million
Population Growth Rate : 2.2 %
People : Nepal has more than 100 ethnic groups and 110 spoken languages.
Religion : Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity.
National Flower : Rhododendron – Arboreum (Lali Gurans)
National Bird : Imphean Pheasant (Danfe)
Time Zone : 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT
Unit of Currency : Nepalese Rupee (Re)
Getting there by air is the simplest and easiest way because the land access to Nepal is not recommended. By air, different international flights are connected with Kathmandu from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo- Japan and from Shanghai- China from the Asia-pacific. You can also enter from Indian states like Delhi, Mumbai, Banarashi, Calcutta as many flights has been operated by Indian Airlines and newly launched two private air companies - Jet Airways and Jet Lite. Getting here is also possible from Islamabad, Pakistan and Dhaka of Bangladesh. This is the access point from SAARC countries. Also, lot more tourists in Nepal arrive from the Middle East, Doha of Qatar via Qatar Airways and Abudhabi of UAE via Gulf Air, Air Arabia, Flight Dubai, Ethiad Airways. The access point from Europe, Amsterdam - Arke Fly, operates once in a week throughout the year. Nepal's only one International Airlines, NAC (Nepal Airlines Corporation) operates linked flights in different destinations.
Getting there by land is very difficult. In fact, getting into Nepal from the autonomous region of Tibet is very difficult and if you are planning to make a trip to Lhasa or any other cities of mainland China, then you should first obtain your valid visa from Chinese Embassies around the world. If you're getting into Nepal via the borders of India, then the access points are Sunauli nearby Lumbini, and India has Railway access to some borders of Nepal such as Birgunj. It is also possible to have a bus ride from Delhi to Tanakpur, the far western part of the country, Mahendranagar as the access point.