Astonishing Nepal Facts You Won’t Believe Are Real

Nepal Facts

Did you know that Nepal features 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world?

Astonishing Facts about Nepal

1 The Nepali calendar is about 57 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar. Right now, they are in the year 2071.

2 Nepalese people regard the forehead as the most sacred body part, making it impolite to touch someone’s head.

3 50% of the country’s population survives on $1 a day.

4 Nepalese do not call Mt. Everest as such. Instead, they either call it Sagarmatha, meaning “Forehead of the Sky,” or Chomolungma, meaning “Goddess Mother of the World.”’

5 Deepak Sharma Bajagain from Nepal holds the Guinness World Record for the most stamps licked in one minute (70). It also once held the records for the most cloves of garlic eaten in one minute (30) and the longest control of a table tennis ball with a table tennis bat (four hours).

6 It is home to the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

7 The Royal Kumari is usually chosen while she is a child, secured in temples and worshipped by the natives of Nepal.

8 Nepal is the only country in the world with a Living Goddess. Feel free to call her Royal Kumari of Kathmandu.

9 Gautama Buddha, simply known as Buddha, was born in Kapilvastu, Nepal according to the Buddhist tradition.

10 It’s the only country with a non-rectangular flag.

11 You aren’t allowed to eat with your left hand in Nepal. That’s reserved for washing after going number two. You can use your left hand to hold a glass of water or your plate while eating; however, when it comes to wiping your mouth or passing food, using your left hand is a definite no-no.

Introducing Nepal

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