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Nepal Travel and Tourism

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Nepal , officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia and is the world's youngest republic. It is bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. With an area of 147,181 square kilometers and a population of approximately 30 million, Nepal is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populous country. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and the country's largest metropolitan city. Nepal is a country of highly diverse and rich geography, culture, and religions. The mountainous north contains eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized. By some measures, Hinduism is practiced by a greater majority of people in Nepal than in any other nation. A minority faith in the country, Buddhism is linked historically with Nepal as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama who, as the Buddha Gautama, gave birth to the Buddhist tradition. Nepal had been a monarchy throughout most of its history. Prithvi Narayan Shah, a Shah dynasty king, unified the many small kingdoms in 1768. Since then, the country had been ruled by a dynasty of kings. However, a decade-long People's Revolution by the Communist Party of Nepal along with several weeks of mass protests by all major political parties of Nepal in 2006, culminated in a peace accord and the ensuing elections for the constituent assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of the abdication of the last Nepali monarch Gyanendra Shah and the establishment of a federal democratic republic in May 28, 2008. The first President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav was sworn in on 23 July, 2008.

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River Rafting in Nepal - Kathmandu
River Rafting in Nepal Nepal is known for its adventure activities specially River Rafting. River rafting adventure sports in Nepal is no doubt the second most sought outdoor thriller after trekking in Nepal. The quest and hunt of entertaining rivers for rafting in Nepal are numerous and it varies to certain lengths in duration. Nepal actually provides plethora of opportunities for the adventure freaks to experience crashing waves and swirling rapids. While doing River Rafting one can appreciate the natural beauty, culture, heritage and the flora and fauna of Nepal. White water rafting in Nepal is often by River Runner's Paradise. Indeed nowhere else, one can get such a choice from easy to heart throbbing and a single day to multi-days whi...

Naga Panchami in Nepal - Kathmandu
Naga Panchami in Nepal It is a day chosen to worship the naga (sacred snakes) and pray for the protection from the flood and other water related fears. This day honors the Nagas, the snake-gods, who in Nepal are associated with rain. The festival honors an ancient victory of a king, who was also a Tantric master, over the nagas, who had been withholding the rain. The king forced their submission by casting magic spells over them. Worship of the Nagas on this day, a compromise the conqueror graciously bestowed, insures there will be no drought. Nepalese purchase Naga portraits from the street stalls the day before and on the morning of Naga Panchami attach these over their doorways. They then perform a small puja and leave a food offering in...

Janai Poornima - Pashupatinath
Janai Poornima A festival to change the sacred thread with the worship of Lord Shiva. Janai Poornima is the day when Hindus change the janai, the sacred thread the men wear on their chests. This full moon day sees flocks of Brahmina (Hindu priests) at the holy riverbanks. They take ritual dips in the water and offer ablution to the gods. They then change their sacred threads and also tie yellow sacred threads around the wrists of the faithful. Newars of the Kathmandu valley call this festival Gunhi Punhi, a soup of different sprouted beans known as kwati, is prepared as the special menu of the day. At Kumbheswar in Patan, a richly deocrated Lingam, the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva, is placed on a raised platform in the middle of the...

Krishnashtami in Nepal - Kathmandu
Krishnashtami in Nepal The birthday of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna, the dark god who taught warrior Arjuna the value of Kama in the Bhagwad Gita, was born at midnight on the eight day of the dark moon of August. To celebrate the birthday of this much-loved Hindu god, devotees flock to the Drishna Mandir in Patan on the preceding day. There, men and women from far away gather around the 17th century temple and sit in vigil waiting for the midnight hour. Euphoric prayers and incantations fill the air, and small oil lmaps are lit as a mark of felicitation and devotion to the deity. Images of Lord Krishna are also carried around the city in a procession accompanied by joyous crowds of followers and musical bands.

Tihar Festival in Nepal - Kathmandu
Tihar Festival in Nepal The 5 day long festival of lights, honoring Yama, God of Death. 1 st day is to worship a crow informant of Yama. Second day is dogs day, dog is the agent of Yama. Third day is the day to worship Laxmi the goddess of wealth. Fourth day is the self-respect day also a day for draught animal, oxen. Fifth day is the brothers day. This festival is a time of lights and tinsel decorations, fancy sweets and juicy fruits. The celebrations begin with the adoration of crows and dogs. Leaf dishes of rice, incense and light are set out for the dark messenger, while dogs are worshiped and offered goodies. In the period of Tihar Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth is worshipped. Rows of lamps are placed on windows and doors, with the strong...