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Transcript of Nepal
http://welcomenepal.com/promotional/tourist-destination/park-reserves/ Mount Everest While Mount Everest is important for multiple of important reasons, one thing seems to rise above the rest. Mount Everest remains to be the highest mountain in the world. It is part of the Himalayan mountain range, the goes throughout Nepal, Tibet, and China. The elevation at the summit is 29,035 feet (8850 meters), which is 5 1/2 miles above sea level. It is estimated to have formed about 60 million years ago. Because it is holding this record, Everest gets a lot of attention. Many people come to visit Nepal just to see it, or there is also the option of climbing it. This is one reason Mount Everest has proven to be important to the country, because it attracts a huge amount of tourism and has had a very positive impact on the economy. Another reason that Mount Everest is so notable to Tibetan people in particular is that many of them are Buddhist, and the Himalayan mountains, Mount Everest in particular, hold spiritual significance as places to come closer to 'Enlightenment'. Lumbini Its name translating 'The Lovely' from the language Sanskrit, Lumbini is a very important place to the Buddhist religion. It was the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, in 623 BC, and also where he lived until age 29. It contains a number of temples, with others still under construction. Lumbini is also home to the Puskarini, or, Holy Pond. This is where Buddha took his first bath, and also where his mother took the 'ritual dip' prior to his birth. Lumbini is located in the Rupandehi district of Nepal, and is about 2 kilometers by 6 kilometers in size. This holy sight is bordered by a monastic zone, meaning only monasteries may be built there. This park is found in south central Nepal, and is about 932 sq km in size. It holds multiple diverse ecosystems, including the floodplains of 3 different rivers, the Churia Hills, and oxbow lakes. It is home to roughly 650 animal species, including 50+ mammals, 525+ birds, and 55+ reptiles/amphibians. There are many activities there for guests, such as elephant safaris, or visits to the Gharial Breeding Centre, and also lodging places within the park. Chitwan National Park http://chitwannationalpark.net/
http://www.nepalvisitors.com/images/map_nepal.jpg Annapurna KATHMANDU Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, and basically the only major city in the country, other than some smaller surrounding ones. Kathmandu alone has a population of 975,453 people, but including its surrounding 'agglomerate', with cities Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur, the overall population is over 2.5 million people. Napali is the most common language in the city of Kathmandu, but Hindi is widely understood, and so is English to the educated residents, which there is a high percentage of, the literacy rate is 98%. There are many large events and festivals that are celebrated here, such as Ganesha Chaturthi, and the Vermilion Powder Festival. Kathmandu Nagarkot POKHARA Pokhara is a neighboring city of Kathmandu, which is to the east, and is a popular attraction in Nepal. It is known as the gateway to the base camp Annapurna ascent, one point stop at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is the 2nd largest city in Nepal, with a population of 264,991. In Pokhara, many places offer trekking tours in a variety of lengths, generally ranging up to 25 days of travel. 3 of the 10 highest mountains in the world are found in Pokhara. The city is also very well know for its stunning lakes. A few major bodies of water found there are Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, and also the Seti River. PASHUPATINATH TEMPLE The Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal, 5 km north-east of Kathmandu, is regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world. It is situated among many other temples, all found on the bank of the river Bagmati. It is also the holiest Hindu Pilgrimage site in Nepal. The temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. It has very unique architectural beauty, and stands out as a symbol of faith, religion, culture, and tradition. Also known as 'The Temple of the Living Beings', thousands of visitors from within and outside the country every year come to pay homage to this temple. Pashupatinath Temple Pokhara