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Nepal is a landlocked country situated in between India and China. With a population of around 30 million, Nepal still remains one of the poorest countries in Asia but it has a lot to offer. Having the highest mountain in the world, Everest, and the birthplace of Buddha, Nepal is a land of contrast. Its varied landscape and its diverse population (80+ ethnic groups and more than 30 languages and dialects) adds to its uniqueness. Although predominantly Hindu, the country's people have a special place for Buddhism. In fact, many practice a syncretism of both religions.

This thread is an attempt to provide a window into this land that only opened its borders to the outside world in the mid-1950s.

Please feel free to contribute! :)

Nepal map

http://www.ezilon.com


LANDSCAPE OF NEPAL
Nepal's varied landscape is usually divided into three regions: the mountainous region, the hilly region, and the Terai (southern plains). I'll post pictures accordingly.

If you come to Nepal and didn't get to see the mountains, you can to visit again. They are an integral part of our identity. The mountain on the left side of the photo is Everest.


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Machhapuchre (Fish-tail) moutain:

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Mustang: One of the most isolated districts of Nepal, Mustang has a distinct Buddhist culture that resembles that of the Tibetans.

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www.himalayanmountaintreks.com


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Lo-Manthang, the capital of the former kingdom of Mustang (now part of Nepal)

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Gokyo Lake


Jharkot


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The Hilly Region: This region takes over most of the country's area. It also includes numerous cities, including the capital Kathmandu.

Terrace farming



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Ilam, Eastern Nepal


Panch Pokhari, Sindhupalchowk

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Pokhara


Dadeldhura, Western Nepal

http://www.facebook.com/nepal.the.8th.wonder

Rukum

http://http://gkgloria.wordpress.com


The Terai Region: The southern flatlands of Nepal, also known as the Terai, is the industrial and agricultural heartland of the country.

Mustard fields

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Dharan, Western Nepal

http://places-nepal.blogspot.com

Chitwan National Park: It is the most famous national park in Nepal. It is an excellent place for viewing rhinos, and occasionally, the Royal Bengal Tiger.



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Some more...

It's a pleasure to be able to share the beauty of nature and Nepal. :)

Gangapurna Glacier


Rice fields in Pokhara


Local woman carrying wood to use for cooking, Trishuli Valley


Dolpa


A village near Pokhara


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Terrace farming in Pokhara (About 85% of Nepal consists of hills and mountains; thus, people use terrace farming for feeding themselves)

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Terraced Rice Fields


Barahi Temple (It's situated on an island located in Lake Phewa)


Lake Phewa, Pokhara


Charikot


Namche Bazaar


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Some more pictures from around Nepal.

Khaptad National Park


Mt. Machhapuchre (Fishtail on the left)


City of Narayangarh


Gokyo Lake


Tansen, Palpa


Namche Bazaar


Fields in Humla


Nepal's second city- Pokhara, with lake Phewa on the bottom left; Mt. Macchaphuchre on the top left and Mt. Annapurna on the right


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Cultural/Religious Sites around Nepal

It indeed is! :)

This section will cover some cultural/religious sites around Nepal. The country is home to Hindu-Buddhist syncretism, which is unlike anything anywhere else. Hindus and Buddhists sometimes worship in the same temples and there has never been any religious tensions between the two groups throughout Nepal's history. The whole of Kathmandu Valley has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Kathmandu Durbar Square- one of the medieval cities that make up the Kathmandu Valley. It used to be the center of power of Kathmandu during the Malla era (16-17th century). Later on, the Shah kings (1700 onwards) used it as the main palace of Nepal until the construction of the new royal palace.

Durbar Square Kathmandu
by dogs857, on Flickr


Durbar Square by dogs857, on Flickr


Bouddhanath Stupa- one of the most important Buddhist shrines in Nepal
Stupa Boudhanath with illumination
by torchmeister, on Flickr

Kumari ghar: Palace of Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Kathmandu
Kumari bahal, chowk.
by hirta1, on Flickr

Swayambhunath Stupa aka Monkey Temple: Another important Buddhist shrine located on top of a hill (you can see monkeys all over the place!), Kathmandu
Swayambhunath
by Alex '77, on Flickr

Traditional water spouts, Kathmandu
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by ashishkoirala, on Flickr

Tengboche Monastery- Buddhist place of worship, Tengboche, Nepal
Tengboche Monastery
by Leonid Plotkin, on Flickr

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- the other Malla kingdom that existed prior to the unification of Nepal by the Shah kings.
Golden Gate by AdjaFong, on Flickr


Masks from Hinduism and Buddhism: the intermingling of the two religions is amazing to behold...
Nepal
by MMwally, on Flickr




Pashupatinath Temple: the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva. The smoke is from the cremation pyres...the banks of the Bagmati is considered a holy site for cremations to take place.
Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
by ∗natsu∗, on Flickr

Entrance to Pashupatinath Temple
Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal
by ∗natsu∗, on Flickr

Lalitpur Durbar Square: the third city in the Kathmandu Valley that was once a kingdom of its own.
Patan Durbar Square
by askmeaks, on Flickr


Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini: This temple marks the exact spot of Buddha's birth. Lumbini is the birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha. Numerous countries have built shrines and temples in the area in their respective architectural styles.
Lumbini
by BAJRArt, on Flickr

Ruins of old palaces, Lumbini
Lumbini by marc_p_1970, on Flickr

The shrine of Kaal Bhairav- One of the angry manifestations of Shiva, Kathmandu
Kaal-Bhairab - Kathmandu, Nepal
by meckleychina, on Flickr

Swet Bhairav (another form of Bhairav): This mask is unveiled only once a year, during the festival of Indra Jatra (festival dedicated to Indra- the Hindu deity of rain and the king of heaven)
Swet Bhairab at Hanumandhoka
by yadavop, on Flickr
 

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Here are some more pictures from around Nepal. I'm trying to get pictures of smaller cities in Nepal, but I've not been very successful.


Traditional house in Bandipur

Bandipur, Nepal
by east med wanderer, on Flickr


Chitwan: It is located in the southern plains of Nepal and is home to Chitwan National Park- famous for jungle safaris (rhinos, peacocks, monkeys, wild boars, tigers...you name it!)

Chitwan forest, landscape
by A.Li., on Flickr



Chitwan Vista by Charles Hajj, on Flickr


Butwal- City located at junction between the hills and the plains

Butwal, Nepal
by Dan Dispain, on Flickr


Lo Manthang- Capital of the district of Mustang (formerly a kingdom; has a culture strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism)

Lo Manthang, the walled city of Mustang
by Bibi FUNYAL, on Flickr


Manang, northern Nepal

Manang by Doug Letterman, on Flickr


Janaki Temple, Janakpur, southern Nepal

The Janaki temple in Janakpur by yadavop, on Flickr


Golden Gate and 55-windowed Palace, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu Valley

Golden Gate and 55 Windows Palace by AdjaFong, on Flickr


Dharapani

Pancha Buddha by -vinay-, on Flickr


Dolpa

Beutiful Dolpa Nepal
by anilrupakheti, on Flickr


Dangibara, Karnali, Nepal

China and the Looming Asian Food Crisis: Nepal Skills in Asian Newsrooms
by D J Clark, on Flickr



China and the Looming Asian Food Crisis: Nepal Skills in Asian Newsrooms
by D J Clark, on Flickr


Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Lake
by Glorious Himalaya Trekking, on Flickr



phoksundo lake
by jannypai's pp, on Flickr


Rara Lake, Mugu District, Nepal

Rara Lake by susilsaurav, on Flickr


Bandipur: This ideal town has been largely restored in its traditional architecture and has succeeded in attracting a lot of tourists!

Bandipur
by jk10976, on Flickr



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Achham, Far-Western Region


http://www.facebook.com/FarWesternRegionNepal


Bajura, Far-Western Region



Manang Valley, Northern Nepal



Peace Stupa, Pokhara


http://www.facebook.com/naturalwondersofnepal


Ghandruk



Tilicho Lake, Manang


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Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot
[/url] Beautiful valley
by yadavop, on Flickr[/IMG]


Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Valley
[/url] Framed view of Patan Durbar Square
by yadavop, on Flickr[/IMG]


Nuwakot Palace: The historic seven story palace of Nuwakot. This was the palace of King Prithivinarayan Shah who unified Nepal in to one Kingdom. This place was the capital city of Nepal about 200 years ago before the Kingdoms in Kathmandu valley was captured.

Nuwakot Palace with Trishuli river and valley in background
by yadavop, on Flickr


Nuwakot
The historic town of Nuwakot early in the morning
by yadavop, on Flickr


Festival at Patan, Kathmandu Valley

Festive atmosphere in Patan
by yadavop, on Flickr


Pokhara

色悌河 Seti River
by Poorfish, on Flickr


Pokhara

Landing Spot
by kudumomo, on Flickr
 

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More from around Nepal

Village near Pokhara

another agricultural village
by themargi, on Flickr


Planting rice: Lalitpur

_MG_1808 (A)
by ashishkoirala, on Flickr


Rhinos in Bardia National Park

Rhinos, western Nepal
by rustyproof, on Flickr


Tilicho Lake, Manang District: One of the highest lakes in the world.

Tilicho Lake ( ~ 5000 m)
by Oleg Bartunov, on Flickr


Bandipur, Tanahun District

Bandipur by chandrackd, on Flickr


Pokhara: The third largest city of Nepal by population

The City of Pokhara
by © Jamie Mitchell, on Flickr


Bheri River, Jajarkot Disctrict

View from Jajarkot
by Shikhar's Photography, on Flickr



Richshaws in Kathmandu

rickshaw line on durbar square
by phitar, on Flickr


Taleju Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu: This temple dedicated to Goddess Taleju is opened once a year.

Taleju Temple, Durbar Square, Kathmandu
by Oleg Bartunov, on Flickr


Ghandruk

Ghandruk, Nepal
by N Gyawali, on Flickr
 

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Phew Lake, Pokhara

DSC_6712-1-2
by lisa_in_wonder, on Flickr



View of Namche Bazaar in the back

K_D3S_3627-E1c2_s+10_w
by lisa_in_wonder,
on Flickr


Gosaikunda Lake, Langtang, Northern Nepal

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by lisa_in_wonder, on Flickr




Vue vers l'est depuis le sommet du Saribung (6328m)
by Emmanuel Besnier @manukun, on Flickr


Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu

Patan Durbar square in the early morning
by Plant.Hunter, on Flickr




Nepal. 2069
by Katya_ Maximova, on Flickr




Bridge near Dana
by faj2323, on Flickr



Shiva and Parbati, Kathmandu Durbar Square

Shiva and Parvati in Kathmandu I
by david schweitzer, on Flickr
 
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