The mountainous north of Nepal has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest (Nepali:सगरमाथाSagarmāthā). More than 250 peaks over 20,000ft (6,096m) above sea level are located in Nepal. The southern Terai region is fertile and humid.
Hinduism is practiced by about 81.3% of Nepalis, the highest percentage of any country. Buddhism is linked historically with Nepal and is practiced by 9% of its people, followed by Islam at 4.4%, Kiratism 3.1%, Christianity 1.4%, and animism 0.4%. A large portion of the population, especially in the hill region, may identify themselves as both Hindu and Buddhist, which can be attributed to the syncretic nature of both faiths in Nepal.
'Nepal'(नेपाल) is a surname used by KhasBrahmin people of Nepal. They are the Aryans who have Persian ancestry. Nepal's are the family descendents of Rishi or sage Ghritakaushik which is also their Gotras. Nepal are said to be Kanyakubja Brahmin which fall under category Pancha-Gauda (worldwide classification) which means 'Northern Brahmin' and under Upadhyaya Brahmin in Nepalese classification of Brahmin.
Origin of Nepal as a surname
Before origin of surname Nepal, Nepals used to write their surname as Pandit or Upadhyaya. During the regime of 'Malla' King around 12th century in Khas Empire (present western Nepal) Pandit Jayabidyadhar was an advisor to the royal throne and administrator of Empire.
In Khas empire there was tradition of honoring the people who dedicated their life for welfare of nation by providing them ownership rights of certain regions of Empire. Also they used to be called by name of that region. This system was known as 'Birtabarichalan' or 'Birtapratha'
Following the tradition on 5th Magh, 1192 Bikram sambat (Nepalese Year) Malla king 'Akshay' Son of King 'Jitaridev' honored 2nd son of Bhagavan Bhaskar Pandit (Royal Priest) 'Jayabidyadhar Pandit' by providing him ownership of 3 different parts of empire named 'Nepa','Khaan', Barala (now lies in Western Nepal) as he dedicated his life for political and economic development empire and settling the trade dispute with Tibet. These 3 different regions were divided among sons of Jayabidyadhar Pandit where ownership of "Nepa" was granted to 1st son Sarwagyadhar Nepal. Nepa (name of region) was added to suffix aalaya (Nepa+aalaya) and then Nepal surname was introduced which was firstly used by 'Sarwagyadhar Nepal' and followed by his generations.
But there’s a correlation between literature in the two languages going back to Nepal’s most widely read and (1909-1959) ... With stories set within Nepal and in the diaspora, these authors attract an enthusiastic Nepali following while also winning a solid western readership ... Global factors and the internet are impacting Nepal too.
KATHMANDU -With the Durbar High School building in Nepal rebuilt by the Chinese government, at a cost of $7.24 million, student enrollment has increased like never before ...The new infrastructure has attracted dozens of students from private schools as well, which is a rare trend in Nepal.
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“The temperature of Nepal is rising at the rate of 0.6 degrees Celsius (1.08 Fahrenheit) per decade,” said the regional programme manager ... And just as in other parts of the world that are heating up, warmer temperatures in Nepal’s mountains are attracting pests that once found them too cold.
<br>Who would want to do this willingly? Apparently some thousands of devotees flock to the Mahalakshmi temple in Tamil Nadu for this festival in which they allow the priests to smash coconuts on their heads to attract good luck and fortune." ... Nag Pachami is a festival celebrated in northern India and Nepal.
After months of meticulous planning, a group of Stanford students spent winter break not taking classes, but teaching them ... SAWC attracted students from five countries (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka) who spoke 29 different languages. These students were anywhere from 14 to 19 years old ... Rigor was key to the program’s success ... .
In May last year, Nepal — without warning — incorporated Indian territories of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyudhara, into its maps ... Sharma Oli — raising a nationalist chorus to attract the support of other parties for the move — even had the Constitution changed to show these areas as part of Nepal.
The NepalStock Exchange (Nepse) index increased by 28.46 points to rest at 2,315 points today ... “Moreover, the largest IPO ever issued by Nepal Infrastructure Bank Ltd has attracted a large number of people towards the market and number of demat account holders is increasing.”.
NepalPolice destroyed cannabis and opium plants cultivated in a large swathe of land across the country in the fiscal year 2019-20, according to an annual report recently released by the Ministry of Home Affairs... Nepal Police said it had seized around 210 kilograms of opium and 5,000 kilograms of cannabis in the past three years.
Would it thrill visitors to the region with the world’s tallest mountain or cause dismay? Tourism entrepreneurs are concerned that the haphazard construction of motorable roads at the local levels in different parts of the country, with some passing through popular trekking regions, will kill the trekking business in Nepal.