Nepal – Home to Many Extant Historic Sites, Despite Earthquake

Boudhanath Temple pic

Boudhanath Temple
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William D. Jones, MD, is an Oklahoma City, OK, physician who provides personalized occupational and preventive medical care. Passionate about travel, OK resident William D. Jones, MD, has traveled extensively across Africa and the Middle East, and recently had the opportunity to experience India and Nepal.

A mountainous country often impacted by earthquakes and flooding, Nepal offers a host of historic sites that make a visit culturally rewarding. As reported by National Geographic, the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in April of 2015 had a devastating impact beyond loss of life that included the collapse of the nearly two centuries old, nine-story Dharahara Tower, a watchtower which dominated Kathmandu’s skyline. Also impacted was the 16th century Hanuman Dhoka, the city’s oldest palace on Durbar Square, as well as a number of historic temple pagodas.

Despite these significant cultural losses, many more historical sites worth visiting survived the earthquake in a small country that boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites. Among these was the Boudhanath Temple, which features a resilient stupa, or mound for sacred relics, built in the fifth-century. Nepal’s oldest Hindu site, the Pashupatinath Temple, not only survived the temblor but was used in performing last rites for many victims of the earthquake.

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Interesting Facts on Nepal

Nepal pic

Nepal
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William D. Jones MD, practices medicine in Oklahoma City, OK. A lover of travel, William D. Jones, MD has traveled to many countries including Nepal. Here are some quick facts about Nepal:

Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia. It borders China to the north and India to the south, east, and west.

With a population of 27 million, the country is the 41st most populous nation in the world.

There are 125 different ethnic groups in the country. The official language of Nepal is Nepali, which is spoken by up to 44.6% of the population.

The dominant religion practiced is Hindu, being subscribed to by 81% of the population.

Nepal’s calendar is 57 years, eight and a half months ahead, meaning the country is currently in the year 2071. They celebrate their New Year in mid-April.

Nepal has the world’s most dense population of historical sites.

The country is three-quarters covered by mountains. Eight of the world’s top ten highest mountains are found in the region, including Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain.

Popular Attractions in Nepal

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur
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A diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, William D. Jones, MD, runs an occupational and preventive medicine practice in Oklahoma City, OK. Away from seeing patients at his OK office, William D. Jones, MD, enjoys visiting other countries. He most recently visited Nepal.

Nepal offers a wide variety of attractions, including those detailed below.

– A satisfying stop for travelers interested in viewing Nepal’s wildlife, Chitwan National Park is home to everything from sloth bears and leopards to freshwater dolphins and over 500 types of birds. The park offers different safaris to visitors, often on the backs of elephants, and maintains a few lodges on the grounds.

– One of Nepal’s Royal Cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bhaktapur enables visitors to experience the ancient beauty of the country. The well-preserved city is home to a number of wood carvings and void of traffic. Additionally, Bhaktapur’s Durbar Square is surrounded by temples and a royal palace.

– Located west of Kathmandu, Pokhara is Nepal’s second-largest city. The air in Pokhara is cleaner than the country’s capital, and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities. The lake is lined with restaurants and shops. Visitors also can bike to the nearby mountains or spend some time on the water.