Where in the World: Nepal
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Draped along the Himalayas, discover a great kingdom where the frigid temperatures of the mountains meet the sizzling climate of the Indian plains. A land of stupas and Sherpas, as well as some of the world’s finest trekking excursions, Nepal is a dynamic world of exquisite juxtapositions.
Nepal’s flag, a combination of two triangles, is the world’s only national flag to not be quadrilateral in shape. The flag’s colorful triangles are said to represent both the Himalayan Mountains as well as Hinduism & Buddhism, the country’s two main religions.
Once again shirking the traditions of the outside world, Nepal celebrates the New Year in April - in accordance with the Bikram Sambat or Vikram Samvat Calendar. This calendar, mostly used in Nepal and India, is nearly 57 years ahead of our own, with New Year’s Day normally occurring around April 13th.
And while the towering Mt. Everest needs no introduction, few know that Nepal is home to more than just the highest point on Earth; the Kali Gandaki Gorge, hidden in the shadows of the Himalayas and stretching to a depth of 18,000 feet, is the world’s deepest gorge.
Today the gorge is a sacred location as it contains shellfish fossils from millions of years ago known as ‘saligrams’; these sacred stones are said to have healing powers and are extremely popular (and expensive) in India.
To learn more about what Nepal has to offer, we encourage you to visit our Nepal Destination Page.