Nepal is a small landlocked country nestled in between India and China. It has 8 of the world’s 10 tallest mountains, including the awesome Mt Everest. The inhabitants mainly practice Hinduism and Buddhism.
Tourists mostly come to Nepal to explore the breath-taking Himalayan mountain range, but there is a lot more to this beautiful country than meets the eye. Nepal offers magnificent sacred sites, rich cultural beauty, warm and welcoming people and stunning natural landscapes.
Nepal has an ancient and fascinating history that dates back to the 6th century B.C.
In 563 B.C Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born in the Kathmandu Valley, a fertile and newly flourishing civilization. Siddhartha gave up his title of Prince and sought a more meaningful life. He reached enlightenment in the form of Buddha, thus spawning the religion of Buddhism that is still practiced by millions of people today.It was around the 12th century that Buddhism declined in popularity in Nepal, with more people practicing Hinduism as the influence of neighbouring India spread throughout the country.
1768 saw Nepal unified under the Gurkha ruler Prithvi Narayan Shah. In 1846 the Ranas (hereditary chief ministers) overtook the monarchy and Nepal was cut off from the outside world. 1951 saw the end of Rana rule, the crown was restored and a Nepalese Congress Party was formed. Nepal joined the United Nations in 1955, and in 1959 they adopted a multiparty constitution.Out of this constitution, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) was formed. They wanted the monarchy abolished and a ‘Peoples Republic’ in its place. And so from 1996 to 2006 Nepal was in a civil war, which crippled the country internally. The war finally ended with the Comprehensive Peace Accord, which basically allowed the Maoists to take part in the government.
As Nepal stands today it is one of the world’s poorest countries. The decade of Maoist insurrection has been a massive struggle to overcome, but despite all of that tne Nepalese people remain very friendly and positive.
Join us on our wonderful ‘Heart of Nepal’ tour to experience some of Nepal’s fabulous highlights. As we journey through this amazing country we see the wonderful architecture and rich culture that has arisen from this fascinating history. Of course, we also spend time in the stunning Himalayan mountain range with its breathtaking views and quaint attractive villages
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