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About Nepal

Nepal is a small landlocked country located in South Asia between India and China. It has an area of 56,827 square miles and a population of approximately 29 million.


Fast Nepal Facts:

  • Kathmandu is the nation's capital and largest metropolis with a population of just over one million people.

  • The mountainous north of Nepal has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest.

  • Hinduism is practiced by over 80 percent of Nepalis, making it the country with the highest percentage of Hindus. Christians account for less than 2 percent of the total population of Nepal.


For a timeline of major political milestones in the history of Nepal, click here.


Map drawn by students and teachers of Grace School

Bridge to Nepal works in two locations in the Far West Region of Nepal: Tikapur and Kichahi (near Dhangadhi). This part of Nepal is home to the Tharu tribe, from which most kamaiyas (bonded slaves) originated. The Tharu people are very poor, and many were forced to become slaves to survive.

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Traditional Maghi dinner, a Hindu festival celebrating the coming of warmer weather and a day when slaves were bought and sold before the practice was made illegal

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