While I was reading The Kingdom from author Clive Cussler, I was intrigued by the setting for part of the book. Nepal has always had a textbook fascination for me, so I am sharing some of the little tidbits of information about this country so far away.
In a demographically landlocked situation with near third world country conditions, the people of a struggling country rely heavily on their government to ease their pain. This is the same story for the popular region known as Nepal. Covered in breathtakingly picturesque scenery and possessing eight out of ten of the world’s highest mountain peaks, it is home to the notorious Mount Everest. Government officials have declared 2011 Tourism Year, hoping to attract one million visitors to save this historical country. The strategic move will decrease poverty and aide greater social equity. Tourism in Nepal, like many beautiful places in the world, is the major source of foreign exchange and revenue. Making it the largest industry that Nepal has to offer their hard working people.
Mountaineers, rock climbers, and other adventure-seeking individuals have made Nepal an attractive hot spot. Located in the dominant, snow covered Himalayas; Mount Everest is only one of the 238 mountains tourists can choose from. Another popular mountain, the world’s tenth highest, is Mount Annapurna, which when translated means “Goddess of Harvest.” The active lifestyle of these tourists requires an active vacation, and what better way to actively relax than hiking, trekking, or even traveling the plentiful waterways that brings life to Nepal. Experience all that nature has beautifully crafted, from the snow-capped top of the world to the exotic wildlife and preserves down below, there is plenty for us to enjoy.
Festivals are held often in Nepal effectively binding together the rich cultures of the Hindu and the Buddhist religion. The Nepalese people celebrate many aspects of their traditions, and invite travelers from afar to experience the only Hindu Kingdom on earth. With Hindu leading the majority in Religion, their temples are reflective of this with mass congregation. Majestic and grand, Nepal has produced another great monument which is located in Kathmandu. The largest temple in history, Pasthupinath means of Shiva.
In the southern part of Nepal lays another reason to visit the scared religious grounds. In Lumbini, Nepal around 2500 years ago a great leader was born, Guatama Buddha. He helped to cultivate a modern way of life in Nepal. And while Buddhism is the favored minority faith, coming along with Hindu, they both produce culture deep in worship which Nepal is famous for.
Whether you are part of the 56% tourism that come from Asia or the 7.6% that travel from North America, Nepal can capture your ideal vacation stay. Pretty sites and land marks, perfectly beautiful weather, this tiny country has learned to capitalize on their assets. Maintaining revenue for its people by inviting others from around the globe to enjoy what treasures the Himalayas have tucked far out of sight.