Nepal, officially Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, it is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area.
The enigmatic country of Nepal boasts its diverse ethnicity, rich culture and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Nepal is truly a god’s playground with stunning majestic mountains, dramatic landscapes and mesmerizing lakes.
With a wide variety of flora and fauna, Nepal holds some of the rarest species wildlife such as the one-horned Rhino, Bengal tiger, Red Panda and the national flower Rhododendron.
We are listing some of the most interesting fun facts about Nepal.
- Nepal has the world’s densest availability of World Heritage Sites.
- Nepal is the home to the birthplace of Buddha, who was born as Siddhartha Gautam and gained enlightenment in India.
- Nepal, unfortunately, has a slow internet speed. It is the country with one of the slowest internet speeds.
- Nepal is sandwiched between two domineering masses of China and India. It shares borders only with these two countries and is landlocked.
- The first known rulers of the Kathmandu Valley were the Hindu Kiratis.
- The “dark age” of Nepal occurred around 600s to 1200s when Kashmir and Tibet tried to invade the country. The strategic location, however, ensured the kingdom’s survival.
- Nepal is the only country with a non-rectangular flag.
- The Bikram Sambat was introduced during the 9th century and is used to date. It is 67 years, eight and a half months ahead of the Gregorian calendar.
- Architecturally, Nepal proposed during the golden age when Malla kings ruled the country.
- Nepal does not celebrate Independence Day as it has never been colonized till date.
- Nepal is renowned for the presence of Gurkha soldiers. They have successfully protected the country and their fighting ability has proven to be impressive over the years.
- Nepal was defeated by China in an expansion attempt, thus giving rise to the Sugauli treaty, which made Nepal’s borders as it is today.
- Nepal recently changed from a monarchy to being a republic.
- Another amazing fact about Nepal is that Nepal is home to the 70 million-year-old Himalaya mountains range that separates Asia’s Tibetan plateau from the Indian subcontinent.
- The Himalayas of Nepal consists of8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world. The most famous and the largest place on Earth is Mount Everest, also called Sagarmatha.
- Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first people to scale the highest point on earth, Mt. Everest.
- Nepal is home to the highest lake on earth, the Tilicho.
- Nepal is home to the deepest lake on earth, the SheyPhoksundo.
- Karnali river is the longest river in Nepal.
- Nepal is alive geologically, as the Indo Australian plate under Nepal is still moving, it will travel 1500 kilometers into Asia in the next 10 million years.