Nepal is a landlocked nation in South Asia, bordering Tibet to the north and India to the south, east and west. For a relatively small country, the Nepali  landscape is  uncommonly diverse,      featuring three major regions:  the humid Terai in the south, the  Hill region  in the center, and the lofty Himalayas in the north. Nepal boasts eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including Mount Everest. Kathmandu is the capital and largest city.  Nepal is  roughly the same   size   as the U.S. state of  Arkansas or the country  of  England.  Its landlocked   location, technological backwardness, and  long-running  civil war have  prevented Nepal  from fully  developing  its economy.

 Nepal(teral region)Most houses in rural Nepal are made up of a tight bamboo framework with mud and cow-dung walls and corrugated tin roofs. These dwellings remain cool in summers and retain warmth in winters. A typical Nepalese meal is dal-bhat, a kind of a lentil soup served with rice and vegetables.  Chura (beaten rice), meat, eggs, and fish are also eaten. Nepal’s workforce of about 10 million suffers from a severe shortage of skilled labor.  Agriculture employs 81% of the workforce. Left: Photo of Terai region taken on Chad and Megan’s recent trip to Nepal—this area is where the Passachuar School is located.

Nepal had previously been the world’s only Hindu state, with over eighty percent of the people following this faith. However, Nepal  became a secular state in May of 2006. Differences between Hindus and Buddhists have been, in general, very subtle and academic in nature due to the intermingling of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs. Both share common temples and worship common deities.


Stupas, originally simple funerary monuments to Buddha, have evolved into elaborate objects of religious veneration.  Contemporary stupas are large hemispherical mounds with various features atop, such as this harmika.  Stupas display the all-seeing eyes of Adi-Buddha (primordial Budha) on all four sides of the edifice, staring in the four cardinal directions.  

Right: Megan and Chad ‘s photo of the Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu



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