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About Nepal map

Geography
Nepal is a very third world country between two economic giants China and India. Even though it may be smaller physically and economically compared to its neighbors, it is a rich country in terms of diversity and friendliness. Nepalese people are generally nice and hospitable people, and they genuinely are very welcoming and hospitable specially to foreigners. Nepal is also known for its exquisite natural beauty, with the iconic Himalayas running across the northern and western part of the country. Eight of the fourteen highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest are in Nepal .

Where is Nepal ? See map below
Its two major cities are Kathmandu (capital) and Pokhara (tourist destination)

For a relative small country, it has an astonishingly diverse landscape, from the rugged Himalayas in the north to the humid Terai plains in the south. The capital and largest city is Kathmandu. The currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee(NPR).


History/Politics
In 1951, the Nepalese monarch ended the century-old system of rule by hereditary premiers and instituted a cabinet system of government. Reforms in 1990 established a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy.
An insurgency led by Maoist extremists broke out in 1996. The ensuing nine-year civil war between insurgents and government forces witnessed the dissolution of the cabinet and parliament and assumption of absolute power by the king.
Several weeks of mass protests in April 2006 were followed by several months of peace negotiations between the Maoists and government officials, and culminated in a November 2006 peace accord and the promulgation of an interim constitution.
The newly formed interim parliament declared Nepal a democratic federal republic at its first meeting in May 2008, the king vacated the throne in mid-June 2008, and parliament elected the country's first president the following month.


Economy
Nepal is among the poorest in the world with almost one-third of its population living below the poverty line. Agriculture is the main contributor to its economy, providing a livelihood for three-fourths of the population and accounting for 38% of GDP.
Tourism is the next big contributor to Nepal's economy and industrial activities are a distant third. Most industrial activities consists of processing agricultural produce including jute, sugarcane, tobacco, and grain.
Nepal has considerable scope for exploiting its potential in hydro-power due to its many rivers.