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The kingdom of Nepal is bounded on the north by the Tibet Region of the People's Republic of China, on the east by Sikkim and West Bengal and on the south and west by by the Indian States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Nepal civilization stretches back thousands of years before the birth of Christ. As the popular legend goes, the original settlers of the Kathmandu Valley were the Kirantis, who were later succeeded by the Lichhavis who, in turn, were succeeded by the Mallas. In 1769 the Shah Dynasty ascended the throne of the unified Kingdom. The present King of Nepal, His Majesty King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva, is the tenth King in the Shah Dynasty. Nepal is a country of amazing extremes. There is the world's highest mountain, Everest. It extends over 2400 kms as a vast south-facing arc between the Indus and Brahamaputra rivers with Nanga Parbat(8125 m) and Namcha Barwa (7755 m) as its terminal high points. Fully a third or 800 kms of its central section traverses through Nepal and is known as Nepal Himalaya. Of the 31 prominent Himalayan peaks over, 7600 metres, 11 are in Nepal Himalaya includng out of the world's highest giants. These are Saarmatha (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Lho Tse (8516 m), Makalu (8463 m), Cho Oyu (8201 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu (8163 m) and Annapurna (8091 m). Kathmandu valley covers an area of 218 sq miles. It is situated at 4423 ft above sea level. Major tourist attractions in Nepal are:

NepalKathmandu Valley : Machhendra Nath Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Durbar Square, Statue of King Pratap Malla, Temple House of Kumari, The National Museum Pashupatinath Temple, Patan, Bhadgaon (Bhaktapur), Swayambhunath, Boudhnath , Changunarayan, Budhanilkantha, Gokarna, Dakshinkali, Kirtipur

Outside Kathmandu Valley : Daman,Dhulikhel,Gorkha,Kakani, Nagarkot, Pokhara, Rapti Valley (Chitwan), Pokhara

Special Interest : Bicycle Tours, Wildlife, River Rafting, Trekking

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