Nepal- the Most Naturally Diverse Country

Nepal- the Most Naturally Diverse Country

Nepal- the Most Naturally Diverse Country
… and Nepalese are proud for that!

Hey guys! This is Nikesh Thapaliya. I am also a world record holder (for memorizing capitals of 215 countries and reciting/writing the US States the fastest with their respective capitals). I am the newest contributor to the blog of View Your Choice and glad for that, thanks to Gaurav dai! ;-) I have written for a leading national daily, an online magazine's global issue recognized & awarded by UNESCO and a couple of international travel magazines. Meanwhile, I thought that it’s high time I did something for our own popular national blog of View Your Choice, an adorable initiative.

Let me help my memory! Yes, it was on 21st June 2012 that Gaurav Kandel, the hero of View Your Choice sent me an e-mail invitation to join this blog. I started to put forward my first contribution just a day after and it took some days.

At present, I am working with a popular travel company towards the promotion of the tourism in the Himalayas. But I am not biased towards only the Himalayas. I am, in fact, like any other Nepalese and most of the tourists, ever all praises for the overall natural features that the country amazingly is blessed with. So, natural beauty that our paradise called ‘Nepal’ owes is my major center of attention these days. 

Hmm, when we talk about natural beauty of Nepal, all that takes over the entire discussion is this topic- natural and geographical diversity of Nepal. No? In fact, Nepal and diversity are like bones and flesh. So folks, having been always thinking deeply of and admiring the natural/geographical diversity of Nepal, my memory-master-mind (wait wait! It’s just regards to my world records and nothing else, lol) suggested me there would seldom be any better topic than this to start off with.

Wow! I have written so much already :-P I know that the readers of this blog certainly know Nepal’s natural diversity so well and me elaborating this subject matter would be some boring lecturer(ish) stuff to do. So, I am just modifying my thoughts on this to some decent pictures. It is said that “a picture speaks a thousand words”. So, let the pictures speak! :-)

When people describe this country, it is not a mystery that one of the first few sentences will certainly refer that threesome of Himalayan, Hilly and Terai regions. What is more interesting is the very great difference between each of these regions from view points of topography, nature, scenic views, climate, vegetation, life styles of people and so on. Now see, Nepal, despite having total land area of just 147,181 square kilometers manages to possess three different kinds of greatly altered geographical regions, contrariness of which, would measure the height to the moon, literally! 

I can’t speak on behalf of you all but one thing that has always fascinated me to the utmost is one of the strongest examples of Nepal’s natural diversity-
I’m sure many of us have visited either or at least one among Daman and Hetauda. Both places fall in the same district, Makawanpur (that's like one of 75 units we call 'districts') and are just some 40+ kms away. BUT the climate of Daman is mostly cold (with snowfall in winter) whereas Hetauda, in inner Terai region, is well known for its very hot climate especially in summer. (Not to mention the fact that Palung, which is near Daman, is a cool hilly village with moderate climate)
Doesn’t that make Nepal geographically very amazingly diverse??? 

These above mentioned ‘evidences’ (forgive me for using such a big word) seem like a drop in an ocean, if not, a river :-P , when we analyze the natural diversity of Nepal. As diverse are the fun/adventure activities in which one can get involved in Nepal; some most popular being mountain climbing, expedition, jungle safari, elephant riding, trekking, hiking, rafting, bungee jumping and the list doesn’t want to end, after all it’s Nepal ;-)

Helloooo! I am not done yet. Don’t you wanna learn what Nepal Biodiversity Strategy has come up with? You will want to dance after reading this (if it’s your first time knowing these pieces of info. Lol)

Nepal covers 0.1% of the earth’s total land surface and is home to: 

-35 types of forest

-3,808 glaciers and 1,466 glacial lakes

-9.3% of the world’s bird species

-4.5 % of the world’s mammal species

-2.7% of the world’s flowering plant species

-1.6 % of the world’s reptile species

-1% of the world’s fish species

Umm… ultra-interesting!!! I am not gonna expand this article more; nonetheless, I can’t resist myself from proudly mentioning one point here-
Socio-cultural diversity is as important and talked-about as the nation’s natural/geographical diversity. Many castes, ethnic groups, a number of languages, customs & traditions all the more and above all, it’s we people that rock! How? Of course, by falling divided but standing united as ever. It’s our NO NO NO for fragmentation of Nepal and Nepalese!!!

Another truth is that some have claimed to me that diversity is in every part of the world. I don’t think that’s false either! But one has to work fingers to bone to explore such a tremendous diversity within a small area. Truth is that it's not just whole Nepal that's so diverse but equally great is this diversity even within small units the country has been divided into, like regions and districts.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the globe don’t visit this diiiiiiiverse land every year just so! Big national campaigns like Visit Nepal 1998 and the most recent one, Nepal Tourism Year 2011 haven’t tasted the success of meeting their target without any cause! Let’s try to let know of Nepal’s diversity to as many people in the world as we can. We don’t need to be an ambassador or tourism entrepreneur or a big name to do that. 

Whoa! When I read all the above stuffs thoroughly, it took minutes for me, which may utterly seem like hours to anyone (but still hoping it hasn't. Oups!). But you know what? I am really sorry for using so less photos and information. ‘Less’ yes, coz it is as if attempting to do the sea-diving by an inexpert swimmer by doing the way this topic ‘Nepal’s natural diversity’ has been explained on this blog. I am really much happy that you could stay for such a long time reading my words. I can’t thank you enough for that. Guys, what to do! I love talking and writing. Hehe! :-D

How everything has seemed to be flowing with all my emotions. You will understand this because you too love Nepal and feel proud to be a Nepali, as much as I do. Until I bring you my next thing, it’s ciao from me. :-)


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