Unarguably the biggest hub for outdoor adventure, Nepal is the ultimate destination for adrenaline hungry adventurers of all kinds. Be it the scaling the summit of tricky Himalayan peaks or be it the thrills of jumping out of flying helicopter from the elevation higher than the Everest itself. Moreover, the raging liquid highways emerging from the Himalayas gets travelers wet in a thrilling manner; whereas the steep rugged terrains in the Himalayan deserts gives riders sufficient dirt during the gripping two-wheeler escapades. Wildlife Activities in the protected parks of lowland plains though incomparably very less adventurous than the ones of Africa; it is considered the best in Asia.
Besides adventure, the country also hosts incredibly diverse culture as Nepal has been the home to more than 100 ethnical tribes for more than a millennium. The architectural and religious heritages in Nepal date back to as old as 4th century and the human civilization prospered in this ancient land before the discovery of greatest countries of the present.
A small land-linked country to two major economies of the present, China & India; Nepal is truly the destination that has something for everyone. In today’s post we have listed few points that stand out Nepal to rest of the world. As very few nations have their own identities that in no way matches with another but in terms of having unique identity Nepal has many.
Here are few of them that when talked about or inked by anyone and in anywhere across the world mentions “Only Nepal”.
The Living Goddess, Kumari
Humans make Gods and Nepal justifies it so well. The only country on the planet, where immortals still practice the culture of intermingling with the mortals is Nepal.
A young pubescent girl of Shakya or Bajracharya Clan from Newari Community after the series of enduring tests is chosen Kumari. The chosen one leaves her parents house and stays in the home in the revered region specially built for Kumaris. Presently, there are five Kumaris in Nepal of which Kumari of Kathmandu who lives in Kumari Ghar at Kathmandu Durbar Square is the most popular. Kumari gets to study there and she often visits the city during festivals in an adorned chariot equally adorned herself. Once she enters her adult age or after her first period, she leaves the house and the new Kumari is chosen.
Elevation Change, Nepal misses only the first 70m from the sea-level
Travelers willing to witness the drastic change of elevation after traveling relatively a very short distance would without doubt choose Nepal.
What could be the possible change of elevation in other parts of the world after traveling a couple of century kilometer? A few hundred meters or hardly a thousand meter! But in case of Nepal it is different. The lowest point of the country, which is 70m at Kachan Kalan is not even 200 kilometers away from the world’s highest point Everest 8848m. Simply, the dramatic rise of 8778m altitude within the diameter of 200km makes Nepal uniquely diverse nation geographically, which is an advantage on the edge for housing diversified landscapes, culture & lifestyle and floras and faunas.
Polyandry, culture that every modern people would consider a taboo
Though Nepal becomes the first Asian country to constitutionally legitimize the same sex marriage, cultural taboos like single woman marrying multiple males still exists in Nepal.
Some 500km northwest of Kathmandu in the remote villages of mid-west Nepal, which includes Simikot the culture of polyandry marriage is still in practice. Brothers from the same father get to marry a same girl. The culture is justified with few logics but still is a taboo, which is unacceptable by almost everyone, who believes in civilization. One of the reasons that justifies Polyandry culture suggests that it avoids a girl from being widow if she marries multiple men. Secondly, to avoid the distribution of limited farming land among multiple sons the culture still prospers and thirdly inappropriate ratio of male & female has encouraged the polyandry culture. You may find the weirdest cultural taboos but bet you’d not find it elsewhere in the earth.
Unity in Diversity, Every place you travel is different culturally & geographically but it is one and only Nepal
From lowland plains to snowy alpine region, every region is occupied by the homes of Nepalese. Some feel the heat of Terai and other experience cold of highlands.
Some enjoy the modern lifestyle others do live happily despite rural scarcity. Whatsoever, everywhere people live their lives harmoniously. Nepal holds more than 100 ethnical tribes speaking more than 125 different languages. Despite the diversity in the culture, these people live in an exceptional unity that has been an example for the whole world.