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A: Himalayan Valley, Nepal

by Eric Walker, 12.9 km away

Himalayan Valley, Nepal

B: Himalaja Annapurna View

by Paul Linden, 20.6 km away

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

Himalaja Annapurna View

C: The Crossing at Marsyangdi Khola

by Arroz Marisco, 21.7 km away

After the main village of Chame on the Annapurna Circuit, the trail runs in a narrow forested valley ...

The Crossing at Marsyangdi Khola

D: Himalaja Annapurna View

by Paul Linden, 22.5 km away

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

Himalaja Annapurna View

E: Morning at Upper Pisang

by Arroz Marisco, 24.8 km away

Upper Pisang has a monastry right at the top of the village that has a marvellous view of the Annapur...

Morning at Upper Pisang

F: Leaving the Buddhist Stronghold of Pisang

by Arroz Marisco, 24.9 km away

The small village of Pisang is divided into an upper and a lower part by the Marshyangdi Khola. For a...

Leaving the Buddhist Stronghold of Pisang

G: Annapurna Sanctuary Trail along Modi Khola

by Arroz Marisco, 25.0 km away

After the lodgings at Deorali, the trail opens up and follows along the course of the fast-flowing ri...

Annapurna Sanctuary Trail along Modi Khola

H: Begnas Lake Himalaja View

by Paul Linden, 25.4 km away

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

Begnas Lake Himalaja View

I: First Ray at Dawn, Lake Phewa

by Arroz Marisco, 26.6 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

J: The Waterfall Between Bhulbule and Ngadi

by Arroz Marisco, 27.2 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

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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