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Where is Nepal?

Landlocked between China and India, Nepal (Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) is the 93rd largest country by landmass. Nepal resides in the heart of the Himalayas and is popular in the western world for being the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, and the home place of Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). With a gross population of approximately 27 million people, Nepal is considered to be the 41st most populous country in the world. While the north is covered with eight out of the world's ten tallest mountains (Mt. Everest being the highest point), the south (called "Terai") is a fertile, humid, and flat area; Lumbini, the city where Gautama Buddha took his first steps, is a holy city located in this region.

Kathmandu

If you visit Nepal, Kathmandu would be your first stop. Being the capital, it is the only city with an international airport. The metropolis is surrounded by it's sister cities: Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, and Bhaktapur all of which sits in the Kathmandu-Valley.

Kathmandu is considered to be the gateway to tourism for Nepal. Tourism is a crucial factor of the Nepalese economy and has been on the rise ever since the recent political turmoil; in fact, it is ranked 3rd among the top 10 travel destinations on the rise in the world (by TripAdvisor), and ranked 1st in Asia.

Tourism became a prime industry after the country's end of isolation in the 1950s, which led to the growth of hotel industries, travel agencies, and the training of tourist guides. Kathmandu now boasts several five-star hotels like the Hyatt Regency, Yak & Yeti, The Everest, Radisson, Hotel De L'Annapurna, Malla, Shangri-La, and Shanker Hotel.

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Pokhara

Situated northwest from Kathmandu, Pokhara lies fairly in the center of the country. It is the 3rd largest city in Nepal and can be considered as the "tourist-magnet" mainly because of the Annapurna Circuit trek and other adventure tourism. Three out of the top ten highest mountain peaks in the world are within 30 miles of the city which offers the city a very close view of the Himalayas. Pokhara is also considered to be the most expensive city in Nepal because of its British Gurkha residents.

You can get to Pokhara via tourist busses that are readily available from Kathmandu or take a flight from Tribhuvan Int. Airport (costs approximately $105) which will take only 40 minutes! Pokhara's most popular attractions are the Phewa Lake, Devi's Fall, World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), Sarangkot (especially the south slope trail), Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, International Mountain Museum, etc. Other adventure activities include white water rafting, paragliding, mountain biking & hiking, canoeing, etc.