Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia lying on the southern side of the Himalaya mountain range, bordered by China and India. Nepal is about 800km long from nortwest to southeast and has a total area of 147181 sq. km. Its terrain is mostly mountaineous, with only the narrow southern strip consisting of plains. The mountainous north contains eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest.
The Kathmandu valley has been settled for at least 9000 years. The first recorded history dates back to 1000 BC, when a number of small kingdoms and confederations of clans arose in the region. Much of Nepal was first unified by the late 14th century, although for a short time only. Nepal was unified again in 1768 and maintained its independence even when the British colonised India. In 2008 Nepal became a parliamentary republic. Nepal is an ethnically diverse country with almost 30 million inhabitants and 92 spoken languages. With a GDP per capita of just USD 400 the economy is very underdeveloped. The impressive natural landscape and the rich cultural heritage of Nepal give it a considerable tourism potential, but the development in this sector has been hampered by the years of civil war through which the country went. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.

Kathmandu  photo gallery  - 43 pictures of Kathmandu
Patan  photo gallery  - 26 pictures of Patan
Bhaktapur  photo gallery  - 31 pictures of Bhaktapur
Nepali People and Landscapes  photo gallery  - 22 pictures of Nepali People and Landscapes
43 photos of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal
26 photos of Patan, the second largest town in the Kathmandu valley
31 photos of Bhaktapur, the most medieval of the three major cities in the Kathmandu valley
22 photos of a marriage in Bhaktapur, of children in Kathmandu and sceneries in Nepal
Pokhara and Annapurna Range  photo gallery  - 21 pictures of Pokhara and Annapurna Range
The Annapurna Trek photo gallery  - 129 pictures of The Annapurna Trek
Chitwan National Park  photo gallery  - 24 pictures of Chitwan National Park
21 photos of Pokhara a town on a lake next to the Annapurna mountain range
129 photos of the trek around the Annapurna mountain range
24 photos of the Chitwan NP in the Terai region
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