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Facts about Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal brings the fairy-tale description of snow-capped mountains and jade valleys that surround a river flowing through in all tranquillity and peace. Various trekking routes give away to harsh mountainous terrains that give way to stunning picturesque vistas that make every drop of fatigue on body worth-while. The snow-capped mountains belong to the youngest and treacherous Himalayan range that have intrigued travellers from all over the world either to meditate or conquer them. 

Nepal never leaves the mind of a traveller after he/she visits the place. An interesting fact about the country is that it has two triangles in its flag representing mountains and the sun and moon on it represents Buddhism and Hinduism. Although mostly dominated by the Himalayas, Nepal is much more than just a mountainous region. Nepali culture and traditions are intriguing and Nepali cuisine are simply scrumptious.  Some of the most famous treks in Nepal include the Everest Base Camp, that is the trek to the base of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world and the Annapurna Circuit trek that circles the Annapurna Massif that includes the most dangerous mountain in the world. Nepal is like a second home to the mountaineers who land here to climb and summit various mountain tops. 

Kathmandu, the capital of the country is home to 7 heritage sites as identified by the UNESCO. The city is a backpacker’s hub and extremely laid-back when it comes to tourists. Although it is culturally and traditionally important, it is also very cosmopolitan as compared to other Nepali cities and towns. 

Here are some of the mind-blowing facts about Kathmandu:

#1.

Kathmandu, maybe due to the various monasteries and temples was called Kantipur that translates to ‘The city of Glory’. The name Kathmandu was derived from the temple located in Durbar Square, Kasthamandap

#2.

 As per the legend, Kathmandu is a lake transformed into a city. The mind-blowing fact is this theory has been confirmed geologists as well

#3.

Kathmandu is also known as the gateway to tourism in Nepal.

#4.

Kathmandu is swarmed with a collection of heritage sites. Out of all the 10 heritage sites in Nepal, the city alone is home to 7 of them 

#5.

The original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley is the Newari community who are said to have lived in the valley for two thousand years. 

#6.

Kathmandu is known to be one of the capitals in the world where the internet speed is the slowest at 256 kbps.

#7.

The Kathmandu Ghukas were never conquered even though the more bigger and powerful countries China and India have been a colonial territory. Nepal couldn’t be conquered by any foreign territory. 

#8.

The Nepalese greet by folding their hands in the form of Namaste. 

#9.

The freak street in Nepal is one of the most famous streets which inhabited the hippies of 60s and 70s.

#10.

Kathmandu at an altitude of 4539 ft above sea level is ranked as the 14th Highest capital in the world.

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