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10 Amazing & Interesting Facts About Nepal

Nepal is known as the home of Mt Everest, Sherpas and the fearce Gurkha soldiers but here are some other interesting facts about Nepal you may find interesting:

Nepali Flag

Nepali Flag

Fact 1:  Nepal is the only country in the modern world that does not have a rectangular (non-quadrilateral) national flag.

Fact 2: Apart from being the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha, Nepal is also the home to the only living goddess in the world – The Kumari.

Fact 3: Nepal boasts the densest concentration of World Heritage sites. Kathmandu Valley alone has 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites within a radius of 15km.

Fact 4: Nepal has over 125 ethnic groups with about 45% of the population speaking Nepali.

Fact 5: Nepal has never been under foreign invasion.

Fact 6: Nepal has the world slowest internet speed.

Fact 7: The Nepalese calendar is 57 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar. Their current year is 2074.

Fact 8: Nepal was once known as the weed (Marijuana) capital of the world.

Fact 9: Nepal has over 360 species of Orchids and about 870 species of birds.

Fact 10: In the 1940s the first ever car was carried to Kathmandu by a team of strong men as there were no roads in the city.

Volkmar Wentzel

Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel

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