What are the facts about Nepal?
Tourism in Nepal is soaring dramatically after 2008 and the number of travelers is increasing every year. As we all know, Nepal is one of the best adventure destinations in terms of Himalaya hiking, trekking, and expedition. Besides these, what are the other special features of Nepal that pulling visitors from the globe every year?
- Highest mountain peak in the world (Everest – 8848m).
- Out of the fourteen mountains above 8 thousand meters in the world, eight lies here in Nepal. They are Everest (8848m), Kanchenjungha (8586m), Lhotse (8516,), Makalu (8485m), Cho Oyu (8201), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8163), and Annapurna I (8091m).
- One of the great trekking paradises and nicest countries in the world according to Sir Edmund Hillary.
- Contains one of the ten best rivers in the world for rafting according to a magazine.
- The birthplace of Lord Buddha (Lumbini)
- The best place in the world to study Tibetan Buddhism (according to a Guidebook).
- The deepest river gorge in the world (Kali Gandaki River)
- The only living goddess (Kumari) is worshipped and taken on a procession annually in Kathmandu.
- Nepal has such a concentration of art, culture, and tradition in the Kathmandu valley that could not be found anywhere else in the world according to a guidebook.
- Nepal is one of the few countries in the world where you can see the one-horned rhino.
- Contains Kathmandu which is one of the best places to eat west of Bangkok and east of Istanbul. As a guidebook, Kathmandu is a budget eating capital of Asia.
- Contains the Kathmandu valley which rivals Jerusalem, Cairo, Rome, Athens, Xian, and Varanasi having two thousand years of a continuous tradition of civilization.
- Travel and Leisure Magazine published in the US called Kathmandu the third best city in Asia after Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand.
- Marathon at the highest altitude (42km long) starting at Gorakshep (5212m) and ending at Namche Bazar (3444m).
- The largest selection of books on the Himalayas and mountain climbing according to the tourist guidebook.
- The person who had climbed Everest without oxygen eight times (Angrita Sherpa in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995).
- The largest herd of swamp deer (Cervus Duvanceli) in the world at Shukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve numbering about 2500 according to the Department of national parks and wildlife conservation of Nepal).