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Nepal’s Flying Fox

Most people are apprehensive about bats but when they learn that a particular bat has a wingspan of more than four feet, they become edgy. Spawned by horror stories of vampire bats that are completely fictitious, they might assume that such a creature is a massive, blood thirsty monster. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Indian flying fox may be one of the largest bats in the world, but it is completely harmless.

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Nepal’s Holi Festival

The ancient Hindu festival of Holi or Phagu, which means the sacred red powder, takes place late February or early March on a full moon and is celebrated throughout Nepal. Holi is known as the festival of colors, a time when colors are celebrated, and has been thought to be named after Holika, a mythical demoness.

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Nepal’s 2007 Mountain Bike Rally

Nepal is an incredibly beautiful and rugged country with plenty of outdoor space which caters perfectly to outdoor activities. In fact, the majority of people visiting the country will usually spend some – if not all – of their time hiking or mountain biking the majestic Himalayas in search of the country’s many cultural and natural treasures.

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Tales from Nepal; The Hindu Goddess Kumari

As a country Nepal worships many gods, goddesses, deities and so on in the form of physical objects and symbols. But over an above that they also have a living goddess that takes the form of a prepubescent girl. The living Hindu goddess is known as Kumari Devi, which means virgin and she is thought to be an incarnation of the goddess Taleju until she comes of the age where she begins menstruation.

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A Traditional Wedding in Nepal

Wedding customs in Nepal vary according to the ethnic tribe, but certain basic rituals remain unchanged. Most weddings in Nepal are arranged by the family and it is not uncommon that the bride and groom have not met each other before the wedding or spoken to each at length. Most weddings take place at the bride’s home and a bride is usually chosen from another village.

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Unseen Caves of Nepal

The Upper Mustang region has been opened to foreigners only recently and access to that region is restricted. The trekking routes in the area are arduous and few venture along the winding rough trails beyond a certain point. The cliffs are dotted with caves, many of which are inaccessible to man. It is believed that many of them house beautifully decorated chortens and other religious artifacts.

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The Baraha Festival of Nepal

Baraha Chhetra Temple stands at the confluence of Koka and Sapta Koshi rivers in Nepal. It is one of the four holiest sites in the country for Hindus. Just an hour’s drive from the industrial town of Biratnagar in eastern Nepal, Bahara Chhetra can be reached by local buses that ply that route or by car. The temple can be reached only after a fifteen minute walk after the road ends but it is well worth the trip.

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Trash from Nepal into Treasures

Environmental degradation is a common problem in Nepal that is fortunately being tackled by the authorities. Irresponsible mountaineers tend to leave their empty oxygen cylinders and other trash behind on the mountain slopes. This has resulted in a distressing amount of trash accumulating on the once pristine mountains such as the Mount Everest. The government has implemented stringent measures to remedy the situation. Mountaineers now have to pay a deposit when they set off on their expeditions. They forfeit the amount if they leave their trash behind. This has prevented increase in accumulation though the damage done earlier can only be rectified with a lot of effort.

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