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Travel information about Nepal

map_nepal_01Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. It is the largest metropolitan city in the country, covering an area of 19.6 square miles. The estimated population of the city is 989,273.  Nepal is a landlocked country in the Indian subcontinent. Covering an area of 56,827 square miles, Nepal is the world’s ninety-third largest country by landmass. It has a population of approximately 29,331,000. Located in South Asia, Nepal is bordered by the People’s Republic of China on the north and by the Republic of India on the east, west and south. Nepal is divided into fourteen zones and seventy-five districts. A permanent chief district officer is appointed for each district, who is responsible for maintaining law and order and also coordinates the work of various agencies and government ministries. The currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupee. 100 Rupees are approx. 1.00 USD. Nepali is the official language of Nepal; it is derived from Sanskrit and was formerly known as Khaskura. Other languages spoken in the country are: Tharu, Gurung, Awadhi, Bhojpuri, Maithili, Kiranti, Tamang, Sherpa, Magar, Limbu, etc.

Hinduism is the official religion of Nepal and Shiva is worshiped as the major deity. Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Christianity are the other religions practiced in the country. With a per capita income of around $427 in 2009, Nepal is one of the poorest economies in the world. Agriculture is the main source of income, contributing 40% to the GDP. Rice is the main crop; the other crops include wheat, barley, pulses, sugarcane and oilseeds. Livestock is another major source of income after agriculture. Nepal exports grain, leather and jute goods, carpets and clothing, and its chief export partners are India, Germany and the USA. The import partners of the country are the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, China, India and Saudi Arabia. The main imports are fertilizers, gold, petroleum products and machinery. Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, between the Tibet autonomous region of China and India. It contains 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest – the world’s tallest – on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. A monarchy for hundreds of years, Nepal was declared a republic in June 2008. Nepal has a very diverse geography, rising from less than 100 metres (328 ft) elevation in the tropical Terai—the northern rim of the Gangetic Plain, beyond the perpetual snow line to some 90 peaks over 7,000 metres (22,966 ft) including Earth’s highest Mount Everest or Sagarmatha at 8,848m (29,029 ft). Read more on wikitravel.org

Airlines in Nepal

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Book your tickets from Katmandu to Pokhara with Yeti Airline: http://www.yetiairlines.com/

Trip-Advisor-logo20 Important Tips for Nepal Travelers

20 Things Every Nepal Traveler Needs to Know

1 – Do not trek alone. There have been numerous disappearances of solo trekkers in recent years. Always hire a guide or trek with other people. There are online forums where travelers can look for fellow-trekkers. This applies to everyone but especially women that are travelling single – they seem to more vulnerable. Always communicate your travel plans to your next of kin.
2 – Food safety – Avoid water that is not bottled or boiled. Avoid raw vegetables and pre-cut fruit as much as possible.
3 – Even though Nepal is known for its pristine environment and beauty – not the highways and major city streets. They are crowded with traffic, full of smoke and bumpy and dusty. Hence travelling on a bicycle or a motorbike for the most part is not advisable. There are some off-road mountain bike trails that are ok to do. Read more on Tripadvisor

Lonely Planet launch online shopping cart on portalKathmandu hotels and hostels

Kathmandu has a huge range of places to stay, from luxurious international-style hotels to cheap and cheerful lodges, and although prices have risen considerably in recent years, almost all offer competitive prices. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/nepal/kathmandu/hotels#ixzz35QYiL22k

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