The enigmatic country of Nepal boasts its diverse ethnicity, rich culture and awe-inspiring natural beauty. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, Nepal holds some of the rarest species wildlife such as the one-horned Rhino, Bengal tiger, Red Panda and the national flower Rhododendron. Nepal is truly a god’s playground with stunning majestic mountains, dramatic landscapes and mesmerizing lakes.
We are listing some of the most interesting fun facts about Nepal. The most baffling fact about Nepal is that all of the following remarkable things happen within the area of 147,181 sq. km (56,827 sq. mi).
Nepali Calendar is 67 years ahead of Gregorian Calendar
The Nepali calendar called Bikram Sambhat is approximately 67 years and 8.5 months ahead of Gregorian calendar. The Nepali New Year is celebrated in mid-April.
It is illegal to slaughter cows in Nepal..
As a national animal of the country, slaughtering of cows is illegal in Nepal. It is not uncommon to see cows wandering around the streets of Kathmandu. The cow is the national animal of Nepal. Killing a cow is a crime here. If are caught, you might go to prison for 20 years.
Lord Buddha was born in Nepal
Nepal is the birthplace of the Light of Asia, Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) was born in 623 B.C. in Kapilvastu, Lumbini, which lies in Nepal. Lumbini is now a sacred place for Buddhists.
Nepal is called Amazon of Asia
In terms of biodiversity, Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world. It is rightfully called Amazon of Asia due to the unique variety of species found in here. Nepal has more than 900 species of birds, which accounts to 8.9% of the total species of birds all around the world. It has 4.2 % of the world’s butterfly species and 3.96 percent of the world’s mammal species.
Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, is the living cultural museum of the world.
Nepal is culturally very rich country. It has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu valley alone has seven UNESCO’s World Heritage Cultural sites within a radius of 15 kilometres. No wonder Kathmandu is known to be the living cultural museum of the world.
It was the last Hindu country!
Nepal was the last Hindu Country in the world when it was declared secular by the parliament in the year 2006. Although many religions harmoniously co-exist in the country, 81.3 percent of the population in the country follows Hinduism. Nepal still has the highest proportion of Hindus in the world.
Nepal was never colonized
The famous warriors in the world, Gurkhas, are from Nepal. Having been protected by the bravest warriors of the world, Nepal does not have an independent day as it was never colonized by any super powers of the world.
Nepal celebrates a day to thank their Dogs!
They celebrate a festival called ‘Kukur Tihar’ in Nepal every year. During this festival, they thank dogs for their friendship and loyalty. It is most unique and significant festival.