The capital city of the mountainous country of Nepal, Kathmandu is a place where spirituality and adventure collide. The peace of looking at the Himalayas is only rivaled by the thrill of actually scaling them and the crazy thing is, you can do both of these things in Nepal. Now being a capital of such an intriguing country, Kathmandu had its work cut out for it. Fortunately, it does not disappoint. That being said, here are a few facts about Kathmandu that make it a special capital.
Previously known as ‘Kantipur’, Kathmandu has had its fair share of different names through the years. The name Kantipur translates to ‘City of Glory’ and I think it is justified.
If the capital of Nepal is called the city of glory then the entire country must have a history with glory right? I thought to myself. And then I happened upon this fact that made me feel like I was right. Unlike the giants India and China, Nepal has never been ruled by foreigners throughout history.
A collection of heritage sites:
Pashupatinath, the Swayambhunath, Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that you will be able to visit in a day, as they are all within a 15-kilometer radius. The city has the densest World Heritage Sites amongst the capitals of the world.
Let’s just say that the flag or more specifically the shape of the flag of Nepal is unconventional, to say the least. It is not the usual and boring quadrilateral, but something else entirely. Google it to know more. The flag has two triangles, one has the sun embedded in it and the moon is embedded on the other. The triangles represent the Himalayan peaks and the sun and moon represent the two major religions followed here – Buddhism and Hinduism.
The signature greeting:
In most of the world, a handshake is the most common and recognizable greeting, well, not in Nepal. In Nepal, people join their palms together and say “Namaste” which translates to I salute the God in you.
Freak street is the most famous street in the entirety of Kathmandu and it is where all the hippies used to chill back in the 60s and 70s.
Keep your feet to yourself:
Touching anything with your feet is considered an insult and thus, is highly offensive. This rule applies to all of Nepal but it is most stringent in the capital city.
Internet speeds from the 90s:
Kathmandu has one of the slowest internet speeds in the entire world at 256kbps because of its rugged landscape.
And that’s it, a list of a few facts about Kathmandu that makes it a special capital.
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