At 8848 meters (29,029 feet), Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali, is the highest mountain in the world. The first successful ascent was done by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa at 11:30 am local time on 29 May, 1953. By the end of 2008, there had been total of 4,102 ascents to the summit, at the cost of 216 lives.
Around 2500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautam, also known as Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal. He is also considered to be the first Buddha to achieve Nirvana. This image on the stupa of Swayambhu Nath shows two half open eyes which depicts the eyes of Buddha in state of Nirvana. The nose which may look like a question mark is actually number one in Nepali and symbolizes unity in all things. The dot between the eyes represents the third eye.
Himalayas which literally means 'abode of snow' is home to the highest mountains in the world. This massive mountain system starts from Indus river valley in the west to Brahmaputra river valley in the east forming an arc of 2400 kms and includes 14 eight thousand meter peaks along with hundreds of peaks above 6500 meters. This photo is taken during sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp with Mt. Annapurna South (7219 m) in the background.
From the highest mountains in the world, to the deepest gorge, Nepal is a land of variations. Although popular for its Himalayas, Nepal is predominantly a hilly country. Rich in Nature and Culture, life in the hilly region is one of the most sustainable ways to live in this planet. A typical Nepali landscape can be characterized by a small village with terraced farms, community forest, beautiful view of the Himalayas and a fast flowing river at the bottom of the hill.
Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas such as Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and so on (as seen in the photo), Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. This clean, green and beautiful city is also known as the city of lakes, and is endowed with pristine natural beauty. Pokhara is also one of the best destinations in the Himalayas for adventure sports, as well as romance.