Himalayan Valley, Nepal
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Himalayan Valley, Nepal

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A: Himalaja Annapurna View

by Paul Linden, 8.9 km away

Some hours by foot away north of the Begnas - Lake you found these magnificent vantage point. In good...

Himalaja Annapurna View

B: Himalaja Annapurna View

by Paul Linden, 9.8 km away

Some hours by foot away north of the Begnas - Lake you found these magnificent vantage point. In good...

Himalaja Annapurna View

C: Begnas Lake Himalaja View

by Paul Linden, 12.7 km away

From the Begnas Lake Resort you have a beautiful view of the Begnas lake and the Annapurna massif.

Begnas Lake Himalaja View

D: Himalyan airlines

by AirPano.ru, 12.9 km away

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E: First Ray at Dawn, Lake Phewa

by Arroz Marisco, 18.8 km away

On a perfectly clear day, the reflection of the majestic Annapurna Range on Lake Phewa would make for...

First Ray at Dawn, Lake Phewa

F: World Peace Stupa, Pokhara

by Justin Imhoff, 20.5 km away

Balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Tal (Lake), the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda in Pok...

World Peace Stupa, Pokhara

G: World Peace Pagoda / Shanti Stupa

by Bikash Khadge | www.bikashkhadge.com.np | Bikash Ya Kipa, 20.5 km away

World Peace/Shanti Stupa is located on the Peak of Anandu Mountain in Pumdi Bhumdi VDC, Kaski, Pokhar...

World Peace Pagoda / Shanti Stupa

H: The Waterfall Between Bhulbule and Ngadi

by Arroz Marisco, 23.7 km away

The popular Annapurna Circuit is best tackled in an anticlockwise fashion as it allows more time for ...

The Waterfall Between Bhulbule and Ngadi

I: Descending Into The Terraced Rice Paddies of Bahundanda

by Arroz Marisco, 27.6 km away

Bahundanda at 1310m is a small village built alonside a heavily terraced hillside on the Annapurna Ci...

Descending Into The Terraced Rice Paddies of Bahundanda

J: Ghandruk Sunrise, Annapurna

by Justin Imhoff, 33.7 km away

The calm after the storm. Most evenings here in April it would storm and the following morning would ...

Ghandruk Sunrise, Annapurna

This panorama was taken in Nepal

This is an overview of Nepal

Nepal lies between India and China and it contains Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. The Himalayas here are pretty rugged terrain.

The first civilizations here date to 600 BC in the Kathmandu valley, where the capital is now located. According to Buddhist tenets, the Buddha was born here in 563 BC, incarnating as Prince Siddhartha Gautama and leading the world to enlightenment through liberation from suffering. Many small temples and shrines like this one exist for Buddhists to stop and offer prayers.

Early support of Buddhism gradually gave way to Hinduism and today Nepal is the world's only Hindu monarchy. The kingdom of Nepal was united in 1768 by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who fled the Moghul invasions of India. Soon after that there was a period of conflict with the British East India Company leading to a treaty recognizing the independence of Nepal -- in 1923!

After WWII Nepal was ruled by monarchy but it arrived at the 1990's split by an official ban on political parties. Intense protest by the pro-democracy movement and the Maoist guerrilla Communist movement led to free elections in 1991, only to be followed by violence between the Nepalese government and Maoist guerillas.

Since the turn of the millennium there have been several important steps taken in the peace process, including a new Constitution for Nepal and a cease fire agreement with the rebels. A compromise government was achieved whereby a Maoist was elected prime minister without his taking control of the armed forces of the country.

At the time of this writing it has been one week since the compromise government has collapsed. We offer our hopes that the citizens and government of this beautiful country will come to a peaceful agreement soon.

Text by Steve Smith.

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