Mount Everest © shrimpo1967
Nepal sits in a region regarded as the uppermost place on earth. Way up in a land of majestic Himalayan scenery, it contains eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including Mt Everest. It's also known as a nation of good-natured and accommodating people.
From the hot Indian plains and steamy southern Tarai lowlands, the terrain crosses the Kathmandu Valley and rises to the frozen heights of the Himalayan peaks towards the Tibetan plateau known as the 'Roof of the World'.
Situated between India and Tibet, its position consequently reflected in the diverse range of ethnic groups, customs, and traditions that fill the wonderfully varied geography. Numerous colourful communities populate the land, as well as its animated cities, villages, and towns.
Life in Nepal revolves around an intricate intermingling of ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious rituals. Throughout the year, numerous festivals celebrate a diversity of religious and tribal traditions.
The capital of Kathmandu brings an assortment of these different societies together into a vibrant collection of brilliant sights and exotic smells, with modern shops co-existing with street sellers, while pyramidal Buddhist temples, holy Sadhus of the Hindu faith and medieval palace squares fill the urban landscape.
Nepal boasts many attractions. But the essence of the country is its smiling, friendly people with their heartfelt palm-pressed greetings. With its inspiring scenery, this beguiling kingdom is a place where one visit is usually not enough to satisfy the captivated traveller.