The nation has always been an independent and sovereign country. The land was scattered into different small kingdoms and fiefdoms until unification in the late 18th century by King Prithivi Narayan Shah of the Shah dynasty.
In 1990, the political parties again pressed the King and the government for change. Leftist parties united under a common banner of the United Left Front and joined forces with the Nepali Congress Party to launch strikes and demonstrations in the major cities of Nepal. This “Movement to Restore Democracy” was initially dealt with severely, with more than 50 persons killed by police gunfire and hundreds arrested. In April, the King capitulated. Consequently, he dissolved the Panchayat system, lifted the ban on political parties, and released all political prisoners.
All the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters are located in the Himalaya or its sister ranges. Of the top 10 of these, a full 8 are in Nepal – including, of course, the highest of all, Mt Everest, or Sagarmatha, as it is known in Nepali. The country is very rich in bio-diversity, with elevations ranging from a mere 60 m above sea level to the highest point on earth, the 8,850-meter summit of Mt Everest. Nepal can offer everything – from the greatest mountain ranges and high-altitude deserts, to thundering rivers, colorful forests of rhododendron, carefully tended steeply terraced hills, to dense lowland jungles teeming with wildlife. Visitors can delight in the 850 species of different birds, including the Spiny Babbler, which is found only in Nepal; the 600 species of butterflies, and the wealth of indigenous plants and flowers.
The land is about 147,000 sq. km in area, bordering on China to the north and India to the east, west and south. Measuring 885 km from east to west, and varying in breadth from 145 to 241 km north to south, Nepal offers an amazing range of travel attractions and adventure opportunities.
The land has population of 29.6 million (as per the 2015 census), composed of a multitude of different ethnic groups and sub-groups, who speak over 70 languages and dialects. The two major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, co-exist in peaceful harmony.
For entry to Nepal, a visa is required of all visitors except Indian nationals. One can get a visa at the nearest Royal Nepalese Embassy or consulate, or at the airport upon arrival. Two passport-sized photographs are necessary. Click here visa fee. Diplomatic missions of Nepal.
Access to Nepal:
Nepal enjoys daily international air connections. The major carriers are Royal Nepal Airlines, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Gulf Air, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Indian Airlines, Pakistan International airlines, Transavia airlines, Condor airlines, Druk Air, China South-west Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air, and Aeroflot.
Land entry points are the following:
Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, and Mahendranagar along the India–Nepal border; and Keyrung on the China–Nepal border.
The Himalaya is a natural focal point for mountaineers the world over. The massive panorama of high mountains present a wonderful magical beauty hidden beneath the fully clouds with a moving pinnacle. The combination of snow, rock and ice has made the region as one of the most magnificent scenic beauty of the world. The number of peaks open to mounMore Info
Hiking - widely known as 'trekking' in the Himalaya - is one of the best ways to explore the natural and cultural beauties of the area. On trek you walk through the landscape, enjoying it at first hand: the scenic views of the high mountains, the spectacle of the rhododendron forests, the hillside settlements and rural villages, the monasteries andMore Info
Cultural tours will normally involve motor transport. They offer a rich combination of encounters with ancient culture, unique traditions, architecture and monuments and above all the friendly people of the Himalaya. The daily mountain flights from Kathmandu provide close-up views of Mt Everest and other towering peaks, from the comfort of a windowMore Info
White water rafting is a special venture in the river on an inflatable rubber boat. A river trips in usually an adventure but not always. The most thrilling, exciting and exotic river trips in Nepal can be arranged with a registered rafting agency only. You have to choose river trips lasting 1 to 12 days on some of the best and exciting rivers in NMore Info
Mountain flights offer passengers a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks.The one hour mountain flight takes within camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world. The peaks are Gosaithan, Dorje Lhakpa, Phurbi Chyachu. Choba Bhamare, Mt. GauriShankar, Melungtse, Chugimago, mt. Numbur, Karyolung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachungkang, Pumori, Nuptse and fMore Info
While the high Himalaya makes up Nepal's northern region, the southern lowland known as the Terai is covered with dense tropical jungles teeming with diverse wildlife and exotic birds. Here you will find some of the most exciting safari destinations in the world. You will be going into deep jungle on elephant back or four-wheel drive vehicle to vieMore Info