a country of absolute contrasts!
In the south there is the Terai, an evergreen jungle (and former a malaria hell) in an elevation of 50m above MSL. In the middle, in 1300m, the Kathmandu- valley with its three kingīs towns Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur, which was a forbidden area till 1951 also for inhabitants of the Terai, and was not reachable by road at all. In the north the Himalaya with a lot of mountains more than 8000m rises above the country, with the highest mountain of the earth, the Mount Everest with its 8848m. That means in the moment, because the Himalaya is still growing for two centimeters per year because of two tectonical soils which push towards each other!
Between those extremes you find all varieties of fauna and flora. In the lower elevations nature has developed so manifold shades of shining green you nearly canīt imagine!
But not only the nepalesian nature has those contrasts, but unfortunately still the living standard of the people. Especially in the capital Kathmandu they are seen extremely. Here is wealthiness living right besides absolute poverty.
In ethical respects too there is a lot very different to us. Like in India Hinduism makes the main share of prevailing religions. There are a lot of Buddhists too, but they are the smaller part.
And we inhabitants of the western world still have some problems with the doctrines of Hinduism. Still some manners and rites seem very strange to us. But if you face this different culture and philosophy of life in an open manner, you will become aquainted with phantastic people and a phantastic country.

Durbar Square with its ancient palaces from red brick and wood is the center of Kathmandu.
Religious center are the hinduist temples of Pashupatinath with its cremation places, where the dead were burned and afterwards strewed into the river.

Pashupatinath with its cremation places

The ancient kingīs palace at Durbar Square
Buddhist centers are perceptible by the stupas, from where the eyes of Buddha look across the country. While Bodnath (Little-Tibet) mainly is reverred of exile tibetians, Swayambunath is the biggest buddhist sanctuary of whole Nepal. Besides those main stupas there are thousands others smaller ones in Nepal.
Stupa of Bodnath

Stupa of Swayambunath
In the hinduistic centers (of course especially at Pashupatinath) there are a lot of Sadhus (askets, itinerant saints) and snake- charmers too (but at some you have the impression that they are more interested in the touristīs and pilgrimīs money than in religion).
A Sadhu in motionless meditation

A snake- charmer at Pashupatinath
In the Terai, the southern lowlands of Nepal, a photo safari through the jungle is obligatory. The best way to do that is on the back of an elephant. Shurely isīs a little bit shaky, but you can approach the animals of the jungle easier and less endangered. If ther are still tigers living in these areas is not quite shure. Perhaps they are already exterminated.
Getting ready for an elephant ride

A Rhinoceros in the Terai
At Pokhara Lorries which are totally overloaded with people start to the Annapurna-massif, to bring natives, mountaineers and trekking- tourists over there.
A special marked peak of the Annapurna ist the Machhapuchhare, also called "fishtail", although itīs "only" 7000m high.

The Machhapuchhare in the Annapurna-massif

"Travel busses" at Pokhara
the neighbour cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur (Patan), all located in the Kathmandu-valley, likewise had been kingīs towns in former times, which is clearly seen at the architectural style (called the Newar- style). Here too the centers are called Durbar-Square
Durbar-Square of Bhaktapur

Durbar-Square of Lalitpur (Patan)
In the cities you are overwhelmed by the colorful sari- dressed women.

At the end of our jouney through Nepal (we proceeded then to Tibet by airplane) we had a wonderful view on the highest mountain of the earth - the Mount Everest.


Sari - wearing women at Bhaktapur

TheMount Everest out of the airplane