10 Most Amazing Facts Of Nepal That Every Nepali Should Know
Do you know Nepal Was once named as the Weed Capital?
Here are some of the most amazing facts about Nepal which will amaze all of Nepali People. We all know that Our Nepal is a very beautiful county located in South Asia and is a landlocked country, with various Himalayan landscapes, and Awesome as well as Amazing Places.
Most Amazing Facts Of Nepal That Everyone Should Know
1) Nepal Was Always Independent Country (We Don't Celebrate Independence Day)
Nepal is only the country in the world that has never Been under any foreign invasion. Nepal doesn’t celebrate the independent day. Nepal became a federal democratic republic in 2008 after having a monarchical form of government until then.
2.) The Highest Mountains on Earth (Mt. Everest 8848m)
Nepal has been tagged as the ‘ceiling of the world’ for being home to eight of the ten world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyo, Dhaulagiri, etc. A significant portion of the Himalayas is in Nepal. However, the locals between China and Nepal attribute different names; Tibetan name (Pinyin) for Mount Everest is Qomolangma, which means ‘The Mother’s universe’ and Nepali is Sagarmatha, which means ‘The heaven’s forehead’ or also by Sherpas (an ethnic group of the Nepal mountain) Chomolungma, which means ‘The mother goddess of the earth’, but was not accepted by the Nepali citizens.
- Mount Everest – 8848 m
- Kanchenjunga – 8586 m
- Lhotse – 8516 m
- Makalu – 8481 m
- Cho Oyu – 8201 m
- Dhaulagiri I – 8167 m
- Manaslu – 8156 m
- Annapurna I – 8091 m
3.) Nepal’s Capital Was Once A Lake
Both in their mythology and their geological studies, they confirm the capital of Nepal ‘Kathmandu’ was once a lake. Nepalese mythology holds that Manjushri flew to Kathmandu and seeing the huge lake, he cut the Chobham’s crest in half with his mighty sword and drained the waters in order to allow civilization develop in the fertile sacred valley. On the other hand, the scientific theory explains that there is ample geological evidence to demonstrate the Kathmandu valley was once a lake but, in contrast to mythology, geologists think the lake was not drained at one time, but in phases over a period of 15,000 years.
4.) The Only County In The World Having Non-Rectungluar National Flag.
Unlike the common quadrilateral flags, Nepal is the only country where the flag is of two triangles. The upper triangle has an image of the moon while the lower triangle has that of the sun representing the two major religions of Nepal, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Although the current flag was incepted in 1962, the design is said to be 2000 years old. It is also said to represent the Himalayas.
5.) Nepal was once named as the Weed Capital
Weed is usually said to be illegal and it not available for buy and sale, But in Nepal weed could be found in rural areas with ditches, farmlands, mountainside, and everywhere. Mostly Weed Can Be Seen Often on the Occasion of Maha Shivaratri. Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva.
6.The Calendar in Nepal ( When in Nepal, You Live in the Future )
Nepali Calendar is also known as the Bikram Sambat Nepali calendar. The current Nepali Year in Nepali is Nepali calendar 2077 Bikram Sambat. Nepali Calendar is approximately 56 years and 8 and months ahead of the English Calendar known as Gregorian Calendar or AD. Nepali Calendar in Nepal is called as Nepali Patro. Vikram Samvat and also known as the Vikrami calendar is the historical Hindu calendar in the Indian subcontinent. It is the official calendar of Nepal. In India, it is used in several states. The calendar uses lunar months and solar sidereal years.
7.) Nepal Is The Birthplace Of Lord Gautam Buddha (Light of Asia)
Well, Nepal is a peaceful country because it is the birthplace of Budhha. The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lord Buddha is symbolized for Peace and he is also said as “Light Of Asia”.
8.) Nepal’s “GURKHAS” Have Been Part Of The British Army Since 1815 (Better to die than to be a coward)
"Better to die than to be a coward" is the motto of the Nepalese Gurkha soldiers who display exemplary gallantry for their country. Their dedication and skill made the British recruit them as a part of the United Kingdom’s paid army in 1816, and they have been serving ever since. About 5,000 men entered British service in 1815, most of whom were not just Gorkhalis but Kumaonis, Garhwalis, and other Himalayan hill men. These groups, eventually lumped together under the term Gurkha, became the backbone of British Indian forces. As well as Ochterlony's Gurkha battalions, Fraser and Lt.
9.) The Only Place In The World Where The Living Goddess “Kumari” Is Found ( Home of Living Goddess )
Nepal was called the Hindu Kingdom a few years ago. It’s the culture and the tradition of worshipping the pre-pubescent girls as an event of divine female power. Also known as ‘Kumari’, literally meaning virgin, pre-pubescent girls are believed to be the earthly manifestations of divine female energy or the incarnations of goddess Taleju, otherwise known as ‘Durga’ in India. They lived in temples and worshipped and driven in chariots during festivals. However, the goddesses retire on puberty or if they fall prey to illness or accidents.
10.) Nepal Holds So Many World Records Being A Small Landlocked Country (Genius World Records)
World's Shortest man: Late Mr. Chandra Bahadur Dangi
Mount Everest is the world's highest peak with 8,848m above sea level.
Arun Valley is the highest valley on Earth.
Hotel Everest View is the highest hotel in the whole world.
The deepest gorge in the whole world “Kali Gandaki Gorge” which is 5,571m lower than Annapurna I.
Nepal Has Over 80 Ethnic Groups And 123 Languages.
Youngest Film Director Saugat Bista
World's Longest Dancing Marathon By an Individual
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