All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
— Martin Buber, 1878 - 1965




In 1951, the Nepalese monarch ended the century-old system of rule by hereditary premiers and instituted a cabinet system of government. Reforms in 1990 established a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy. An insurgency led by Maoist extremists broke out in 1996. The ensuing ten-year civil war between insurgents and government forces witnessed the dissolution of the cabinet and parliament and assumption of absolute power by the king. Several weeks of mass protests in April 2006 were followed by several months of peace negotiations between the Maoists and government officials, and culminated in a November 2006 peace accord and the promulgation of an interim constitution. Following a nation-wide election in April 2008, the newly formed Constituent Assembly declared Nepal a federal democratic republic and abolished the monarchy at its first meeting the following month. The Constituent Assembly elected the country's first president in July. The Maoists, who received a plurality of votes in the Constituent Assembly election, formed a coalition government in August 2008, but resigned in May 2009 after the president overruled a decision to fire the chief of the army staff. The Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist-Leninist and the Nepali Congress party then formed a new coalition government with several smaller parties. In June 2010, the prime minister resigned but, as of December 2010, continued to lead a caretaker government while the parties debate who should lead the next government. Disagreements among the political parties over issues such as the future of former Maoist combatants has hindered the drafting of a new constitution


Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, between the Tibet autonomous region of China and India. It contains eight of the world's 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest - the world's tallest - on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Nepal recently was declared a republic and has abolished the monarchy.

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NepalHyatt Regency Kathmandu 

Taragaon Boudha
Gpo Box 9609
Kathmandu 44601

Price (US$): $214 - $215 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is located in Kathmandu's Boudha neighborhood and close to Boudhanath, King's Palace, and Pashupatinath Temple. Additional points of interest include Chabahil and Guhyeshwari Temple. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's… more »

NepalPokhara Grande 


Location. Pokhara Grande is located in Pokhara, close to Pokhara International Mountain Museum, Devi's Fall, and Barahi Temple. Nearby points of interest also include World Peace Stupa. Hotel Features. Pokhara Grande's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and a steam room. There is a full service health spa on site. This 3.5 star… more »

NepalRadisson Hotel Kathmandu 

Ward Number 2 Lazimpat
PO Box 2269
Kathmandu 44601

Price (US$): $195 - $196 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Radisson Hotel Kathmandu is located in Kathmandu's Thamel neighborhood and close to King's Palace, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath. Additional points of interest include Narayanhiti Palace Museum and Garden of Dreams. Hotel Features. Dining options at Radisson Hotel Kathmandu include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the café… more »

NepalHilltake Health Spa & Resort 

Ward No. 5, Chitapol VDC, Sanga

Price (US$): $65 - $80 / night

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Location. Hilltake Health Spa & Resort is located in Bhaktapur and local attractions include Dattatreya Temple, Dattatreya Square, and Peacock Window. Additional area points of interest include Nyataponla Temple and Taumadhi Square.  more »

NepalGrand Hotel 

GPO. Box 12872

Price (US$): $250 - $251 / night

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Location. Grand Hotel is located in central Kathmandu, close to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Taleju Temple, and Swayambhunath. Nearby points of interest also include TU Central Library and Tribhuwan University. Hotel Features. Dining options at Grand Hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. The hotel serves breakfast each morning (surcharges apply). This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, a meeting/conference room, and audiovisual equipment.… more »

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Full name
Kingdom of Nepal

Southern Asia, between China and India

Geographic coordinates

28 00 N, 84 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than Arkansas

Border countries

China 1,236 km, India 1,690 km


0 km (landlocked)


varies from cool summers and severe winters in north to subtropical summers and mild winters in south


Tarai or flat river plain of the Ganges in south, central hill region, rugged Himalayas in north

Lowest point

Kanchan Kalan 70 m

Highest point

Mount Everest 8,850 m

Natural resources

quartz, water, timber, hydropower, scenic beauty, small deposits of lignite, copper, cobalt, iron ore


28,951,852 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Chhettri 15.5%, Brahman-Hill 12.5%, Magar 7%, Tharu 6.6%, Tamang 5.5%, Newar 5.4%, Muslim 4.2%, Kami 3.9%, Yadav 3.9%, other 32.7%, unspecified 2.8% (2001 census)


Hindu 80.6%, Buddhist 10.7%, Muslim 4.2%, Kirant 3.6%, other 0.9% (2001 census)


Nepali (official) 47.8%, Maithali 12.1%, Bhojpuri 7.4%, Tharu (Dagaura/Rana) 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.6%, Magar 3.3%, Awadhi 2.4%, other 10%, unspecified 2.5% (2001 census)

Government type

federal democratic republic


1768 (unified by Prithvi Narayan SHAH)

National holiday

Republic Day, 29 May; Democracy Day, 24 April

Chief of state

President Ram Baran YADAV (since 23 July 2008); Vice President Paramananda JHA (since 23 July 2008)

Head of government

vacant; Prime Minister Madhav Kumar NEPAL resigned on 30 June 2010 but leads a caretaker government

Internet country code


Internet users

577,800 (2009)


47 (2010)

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