The history of Naturally Nepal began in, and centres on, the Kathmandu Valley. Over the centuries Nepal’s boundaries have extended to include huge tracts of neighbouring India, and contracted to little more than the Kathmandu Valley and a handful of nearby city-states. Though it has ancient roots, the modern state of Nepal emerged only in the 18th century.
Squeezed between the Tibetan plateau and the plains of the subcontinent – the modern-day giants of China and India – Nepal has long prospered from its location as a resting place for traders, travellers and pilgrims. A cultural mixing pot, it has bridged cultures and absorbed elements of its neighbours, yet retained a unique character. After travelling through India for a while, many travellers notice both the similarities and differences. ‘Same, same’, they say, ‘…but different’.
Nepal is a melting pot of many races and tribes. She has population of around twenty-two million, made up of an assortment of races and tribes, living in different regions, wearing different costumes and speaking different languages and dialects. They live under quite diverse environmental conditions from the low, nearly sea level plains at the border of India, northward through the middle hills and valleys and up to the flanks of the great Himalayan range where there are settlements at altitude of up to 4,800 m. Farming practices are therefore equally diverse along with life styles and social customs.
The high Himalayan settlements of Tibetan speaking people are found perched precariously on mountain ledges and slopes. Life here is delicate balance of hard work and social merrymaking, tempered by a culture deeply steeped in ancient religious traditions. The best known of the high mountain peoples are the Sherpas who inhabit the central and eastern regions of Nepal. The Sherpas have easy access to Bhot (Tibet) for trade and social intercourse and therefore Tibetan influence on their culture and civilization remains distinct. The midlands are inhabited by various Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan speaking hill and valley people, for example the Brahmins, Chettris, and Newars. While the Brahmins and Chettris are widely distribute through out the country, the Newars are mainly concentrated in the Kathmandu Valley and other towns.
The Ghale, Rais, Limbus, Tamangs, Magars, Sunwars, Jirels, Gurungs, Thakalis, and Chepangs are other Tibeto-Burman speaking Mongoloid peole found living in the middle hills. They each have their own distinct social and cultural patterns. The Dun valleys and the lowland Terai are inhabited by people such as the Brahmins, Rajputs, Tharus, Danwars, Majhis, Darais, Rajbansis, Satars, Dhimals and Dhangars. Though Nepal is a veritable mosaic of dozens of ethnic groups, they are bound together by their loyalty to the institution of Monarchy, and by the ideas of peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance to form one unified nation.
The culture of Nepal is rich and unique. The cultural heritage of Nepal has evolved over the centuries. This multi-dimensional heritage encompasses the diversities of Nepal’s ethnic, tribal, and social groups, and it manifests in music and dance; art and craft; folklore and folktales; languages and literature; philosophy and religion; festivals and celebration; foods and drinks. It’s culture is mostly influenced by Indian, Mongolian and tibetian culture.
Hindu and Buddhist traditions in Nepal go back more than two millennia. In Lumbini, Buddha was born, and Pashupatinath temple, Kathamandu, is an old and famous Shiva temple of Hindus. Nepal has several other temples and Buddhist monasteries, as well as places of worship of other religious groups.
Dance and music of Nepal
Legends state that dances in the Indian subcontinent originated in the abode of Lord Shiva — the Himalayas Nepal — where he performed the tandava dance. This indicates that dance traditions of Nepal are very ancient. With altitudes and ethnicity, the dances of Nepal slightly change in style as well as in the costumes. The Dishka, a dance performed at weddings, includes intricate footwork and arm movements. Accompanying music and musical instruments change in tune with the themes, which revolve around topics like harvesting of crops, marriage rites, war stories, a lonely girl’s yearning for her love, and several other themes and stories from everyday life in the villages. The famous Tharu stick dances, and the crazy peacock dance are two highlights, but there are plenty of other surprises. Expect to be invited to join in the dancing, as the evening reaches it’s climax.
The dancing takes place in a special community hall, newly improved with air conditioning added to make the evening more enjoyable in the hot season.
Top Of The World's
With a peak elevation of 29,035 feet (8848 meters), the top of Mount Everest is the world’s highest point above sea level. As the world’s highest mountain, climbing to the top of Mount Everest has been a goal of many mountain climbers for many decades.
Birth Place of Lord Buddha
Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there.
Places to visit in Nepal offer something or the other to its tourists. Adventure seeking people have the opportunity of trekking the slopes of Himalaya. It also an ideal place for those who want to spend time in the tranquility. Nepal is famous for its seven Heritage sites which draw thousands of tourists from different places of the world.
In the picturesque valley of Kathmandu, lie the three beautiful cities Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Each city has its unique characteristic. For example, Kathmandu is the commercial and business hub of Nepal, Patan is famous for silverware and bronze, while Bhaktapur, known as the temple city. It is full of temples and heritage buildings like old palaces which are still preserved as heritage buildings. 55 Windows, the Golden Gate, Dattatreya Square, Nyatapola Temple, and other historic monuments and heritage sites are visited by many. Again Lumbini , famous for birth place of Lord Buddha is visited by not only Buddhists but many tourists of the world.
Regions and Cities of Nepal include five development regions and nine major cities. The Regions and Cities are Everest region, Kathmandu region, Pokhara region, Langtang region, Annapurna region, Arun valley, Terai valleys, Dolpa, Dhaulagiri Himalaya, Mahakali river regions, Ilam, Jumla region and the cities of Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Bhaktpur, Dharan, Birgunj, Patan, Nepalgunj, Namche Bazaar and Pokhra.
The regions of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Arun valley and Ilam come under the Eastern region of Nepal. The regions of Pokhra and Annapurna lie in the Western Nepal, while the regions of Kathmandu, Dolpa, Dhaulagiri Himalaya, Jumla and inner Terai valleys are located in the Mid Western Nepal and Langtang in the Central Nepal and the regions of Mahakali River in the Far Western Nepal.
Among the cities of Nepal, Kathmandu is the capital city as well as the cultural center of Nepal, Biratnagar is the political capital. Bhaktpur, the historical city, is famous for its art of pottery making. Birgunj is the business center, while Namche Bazaar is famous among the trekkers for its Sherpa settlement. Patan is the center of metallic work and Nepalgunj is renowned for housing the Bardiya National Park.
Kathmandu Guest House (3 star)
Hotel Tibet (3 star)
Gokarna Forest Resort (5 star)
Buddha Maya Garden (4 star)
South Lumbini Block, MADHUWANI VDC WARD NO: 6
Alpine Hotel & Apartment (3 star)
Ambassador Garden Home (3 star)
Atithi Resort & Spa (3 star)
Lake Side, Pokhara
Avataar Kathmandu Hotel (3 star)