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Nepal is the cheapest tourist destination in the world. Kathmandu City is home to the highest number of UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites within a city - even more than Rome. A visit to Nepal is a holiday well spent, and good value for money.

5 things you need to know about Nepal

If you are planning to make a visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, you will need to know the following facts about the country.

1. The country always adjusts its clock about 15 minutes ahead of India. There is no empirical reason for this - I guess it’s about pride for the Nepalese. Being clouded out by the Indians in almost all aspects, they Nepalese feel they need to be different with India on something. Somebody thought time was a good try...

2. Diversity - If there is any country that has as much diversity as Nepal within equivalent geographical size as Nepal, I am yet to hear about it. Among the major ethnic group are Gurkha, Newar, Bhotiya, Gurung, Magar, Tamang, Thakali, Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, and Tharu. The country has over 100 languages spoken within its boundaries - sadly; some of them are dying out due to migration and assimilation.

3. The Brigade of Ghurkhas - In 1814, when the British attempted to annex the Nepalese country, they were so impressed by the knife wielding fierce warriors that they assimilated them in their army. This led to the saying that 'if one says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Ghurkha'.

4. Nepal has been the home of the Newars since time immemorial. The name Nepa was used to refer to Kathmandu valley up until the Malla kings were conquered in 1769.

5. Nepal has never been occupied by the foreigners. They had two things going for them; the fierce knife wielding Ghurka warriors and the physical barrier that is the Himalayas ranges. Not even the more superior Britain could accomplish this feat. This is the reason why Kathmandu Valley has some of the oldest temples that have not been ruined by conquering forces. Trust me; Nepal is a great sightseeing destination.

Nepal is the cheapest tourist destination in the world. Kathmandu City is home to the highest number of UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites within a city - even more than Rome. A visit to Nepal is a holiday well spent, and good value for money.

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