Interesting Facts of Nepal
There are more interesting facts of Nepal beyond just Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Below is the list of 5 world-renowned interesting facts of Nepal.
The roof of the world, Mount Everest (8848m) proudly stands in Nepal and is among the most famous destination for travelers around the world. Known as Sagarmatha in Nepal, Chomolungma in Tibet, the name as Everest was named on the honor of Sir George Everest, a British surveyor, and Geographer. Every year 35000 travelers visit around the Everest Region to explore its beauty and to scale Mount Everest.
Lumbini popularly known as the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha is the sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Siddhartha Gautam, known by name Buddha was a monk, mendicant, sage, philosopher, teacher, and religious leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.
Nepal is the only country in the world with a non-rectangular flag. Nepal’s flag is triangular in shape. The triangular shape with the Sun and Moon on its surface makes the flag of Nepal unique in the world. The two triangles symbolize the Himalayan Mountains. The depiction of celestial bodies represents permanence and the hope that Nepal will last as long as the sun and the moon! Also, the Blue color on the border symbolizes the national unity, crimson red color symbolizes the fearlessness/bravery. The flag officially marked as the national flag of Nepal on 16 Dec 1962 AD.
Former Indian Army Chief of Staff Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw once stated that: “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha.” Gurkhas originate from the mountainous region of Gorkha, one of the 75 districts of modern Nepal. A kingdom formed by the unification of the territory in the 18th century also used the name. In addition, the kingdom fought a war against the British East India Company. The war began in 1814 and ended in a peace treaty signed in 1815. It ratified in 1816 after the company’s forces suffered heavy casualties. The treaty also meant the beaten British could recruit Gurkhas to serve in their own army. Slouch hats and curved kukri knives are the pride of the respected warriors.
Elephant polo is the origin of Meghauli, Nepal, and is a variant of polo. Thailand, Srilanka, and India also play this unique game. It is one of the rare, adventures and only of its kind in Nepal. The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) organizes an annual Elephant polo tournament in the airfield of Meghauli Chitwan, southwest of Kathmandu, and north of the Indian border.
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