Nepal an Introduction :::
Nepal In Brief :: Nepal is a country of amazing extremes. For 2500 years, the Buddhist world has regarded Nepal as sacred ground – for it has been the home of many great Buddhist teachers, both Tibetan and Indian, and most important, it is the birth place of Lord (Sakyamuni) Buddha and the residence of 'The Living Goddess – Kumari '. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, the kingdom of Nepal is a land of eternal fascination, a place where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. It's a land of ancient history, colorful cultures and people, superb scenery and some of the best trekking on earth.
Nepal, a sovereign independent Kingdom is bounded on the north by Tibet Autonomous region of the People's Republic of China; on the east, west and south by India. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and breadth varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south. It is a small landlocked country with no sea coast touching its ground but when it comes to the height it is number one in the world.The lowest
point of the country rises from an altitude of 70 meters to the world's highest peak commonly known as "Mount Everest – 8848 meters" and also it includes 8 of the existing 14 summits in the world which exceeds an altitude of 8000 meters. They represent: (1) Mount Everest - 8848m, (2) Mount Kangchanjunga - 8586m, (3) Mount Lhotse - 8516m, (4) Mount Makalu - 8463m, (5) Mount Cho Oyo - 8201m, (6) Mount Dhaulagiri - 8167m, (7) Mount Manaslu - 8163m, and (8) Mount Annapurna I - 8091m.
Nepal's history is shaped by its geographical location, between the fertile plains of India and the desert-like plateau of Tibet. Its position between India and China has meant that Nepal has at times played the role of intermediary-a canny trader between two great powers. Internally its history is just as dynamic, producing the Himalaya's most sophisticated cultures, centered on the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley- Kathmandu (Kantipur), Patan (Lalitpur) and Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon). Here, in the winding alleys and hidden courtyards scattered with temples and shrines, traders and holy men conduct their affairs among ancient beauty and modern day squalor. The evocative power of these surroundings enables one to mentally turn back the clock to the medieval era.

Nepal is an amazingly diverse country that offers something for everyone. One journey through this land is rarely enough. The first thing many people do after a visit to Nepal is to start planning the next one.