Kathmandu - Chitwan Park - Lumbini
They came in droves, with the first
light of history. They brought with them the
wisdom of their years.
The sages the soothsayers and the traders. They settled
here, heaven on earth, that is Nepal - a country that
can be described in more down to earth terms.
Gautama Buddha was born here in 563
BC, in what s known today as Lumbini, near the border
with India. The heyday of Hinduism began here in 9 AD
and 1760 years later the little. Country was a newly
united kingdom. The calendar, calculated according to
the Bikram era, tells us its 2053 BS.
At 147, 181 square kilometers, the country is somewhat
larger than Greece, but rises from a mere 25 metres
above sea level to the highest point on this planet at
8848 metres. At its widest its 180 kilometres and runs
900 kilometers along India's Northern border.
Nepal is hardly the Nepal of foreigner's imaginations.
The elite of the world's alpine set, come to challenge
the incomparable mountains, and authorities in art are
fascinated by an ancient culture. Wildlife fanatics
visit for the one horned Rhino, and naturalists comb the
hillsides for the thousands of wild herbs that are
needed to complete the Ayurvedic formulae of endless