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8 Curious Facts About Nepal

 

There’s more to Nepal than just the spectacular mountain panorama… Here are a few lesser known facts about Nepal, the little landlocked home of the Himalayas.

Buddhism originated in Nepal 

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In the 6th century BC, Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born into the Sakya royal family of Kapilavastu, near Lumbini. He later embarked on a path of meditation and thought that led him to enlightenment as the Buddha. The religion that grew up around him continues to shape the face of Asia


Nepal cut itself off from all foreign contact until 1951

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Following its humiliating defeat at the hands of the British, Nepal closed its borders to all foreigners until 1951. The British residents in Kathmandu were the only Westerners to set eyes on Nepal for more than a century.


 Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage sites

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 There are 10 Unesco listed sites throughout Nepal, 7 in the Kathmandu Valley alone.


 Nepal Holds the record for the shortest man in history

Nepal also holds the record for the shortest man in history. Chandra Bahadur Dangi measures 54.6cm and is now over 75 years years old!

Nepal holds the record for the shortest man in history. Chandra Bahadur Dangi measures 54.6cm and is now over 75 years years old.


  Nepals Unique Flag

 The Nepali flag is the only nation with non-quadrilateral flag.The two triangles symbolize the Himalaya Mountains and represent the two major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism.

The Nepali flag is the only nation with non-quadrilateral flag.The two triangles symbolize the Himalaya Mountains and represent the two major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism.

 


 The Yeti

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There has been much debate over the years about the existence of a large ape-like creature residing in the mountainous Himalayan region. From the pre-19th century Lecha people who worshiped a ‘glacier being’, right up to the current day, searches and expeditions have been made to attempt to track down the ‘yeti’, so far to no avail..


The Only Living Goddess In The World, ‘Kumari’ Can Be Found In Nepal

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The Kumari or “living goddess” is a tradition in Nepal dating back to the 17th century. A pre-pubescent girl is given the title of Kumari after rigorous selection process to determine her ‘purity’. “She must be in excellent health, never have shed blood or been afflicted by any diseases, be without blemish and must not have yet lost any teeth”. In addition, she must possess completely black hair and eyes and undergo a few certain rituals to test her fearlessness. One of these come during the Hindu festival of Dashain where 108 buffalo and goats are sacrificed. The prospective goddess must then spend the night in a room with the severed head of these animals without showing fear. If she makes it through this, she is taken to live at Kumari Ghar which she rarely leaves until reaching puberty. Once her first period hits she is deemed unclean and is cast out, ready for a new goddess to take the reigns.



Nepals Gurkha Soldiers

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 “Better to die than be a coward” is the motto of the Nepalese Gurkha soldiers, famous for their fearless military prowess. The former Indian Army Chief of Staff Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, once stated; “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.”

Here’s a recent article..

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Welcome to the 7 Summits Project!

My names Cody and I intend to scale the 7 Summits (the highest peak on each continent) whilst raising $250,000 for Save the Children.

That funding is to be directed towards children’s educational opportunities in Nepal, Asia’s most impoverished country.

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