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Friday, 26 August 2016


The name Nepal is first recorded in texts from the Vedic Age (c. 1500 – c. 500 BC), the era that founded Hinduism, the country's predominant religion. It was first mentioned in the late Vedic Atharvaveda Pariśiṣṭa as a place exporting blankets.

Prince Gautama Siddhartha (563BC- 483BC) known to us as Buddha was born in Lumbini, SW Nepal at the foot of the mountains. A sacred garden and shrine was established in Lumbini by the Nepalese government in 1970.

Lumbini, birthplace of Gautama Buddha By  Dharma from Penang, Malaysia
From 1768, when it became a unified country, until 2008, Nepal was a kingdom.

Nepal and the United Kingdom signed a treaty on December 21, 1923, the first to define the international status of Nepal as an independent and a sovereign nation.

Crown Prince Dipendra shot dead his father, King Birendra, his mother Queen Aishwarya and eight other members of the royal family on June 1, 2001. Dipendra then shot himself but was crowned king while in a coma before he died three days later. Official reports state that the massacre was caused by Dipendra's anger at being denied his choice of bride.

On December 23, 2007 an agreement was made for the Kingdom of Nepal to be abolished and the country to become a federal republic with the Prime Minister becoming head of state.

The Narayanhiti Palace. By Suraj Belbase 

Until the abolition of the monarchy, Nepal was the world's only country to have Hinduism as its state religion; the country is now formally a secular state

12 of the world's 18 highest mountain peaks are in Nepal. including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.

New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first persons to summit Mt Everest in Nepal in 1953.

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay 

After climbing Everest Edmund Hillary devoted his life to digging wells and building schools and hospitals for the Sherpas in Nepal.

The Nepalese call Mount Everest “Sagarmatha” which means “forehead of the sky”.

Nepal is the only country in the world to have non-quadrilateral flag – it has two triangular pennants, one on top of the other.

The flag has its dimensions specified by law. The rectangle circumscribing the flag has an irrational ratio that is the least root of a quartic polynomial. It is so complicated that the constitution of Nepal includes 24-step instructions on how to create it.

Flag of Nepal

The capital city of Nepal is Kathmandu which has a population of over two million people.

The Republic of Nepal has given no names to its seven provinces, only serial numbers.

Nepal was the first country in Asia to introduce gay marriage.

In Nepal, there are trained birds that will fly with you as you go parahawking.

Source Daily Express

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