Theme Week Nepal – Kathmandu

28 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Hotel Shanker © Super cool75/cc-by-3.0

Hotel Shanker © Super cool75/cc-by-3.0

Kathmandu is the capital city and largest city of Nepal with a population of around 1 million. Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region. Nepali is the most spoken language in the city. Kathmandu, also known as City of Temples stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal – Bhaktapur

27 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage

Early morning view of Durbar Square © Bikrampratapsingh/cc-by-sa-4.0

Early morning view of Durbar Square © Bikrampratapsingh/cc-by-sa-4.0

Bhaktapur, literally translates to Place of devotees. Also known as Khwopa, it is an ancient Newa city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in and serves as the headquarters of Bhaktapur District in Province No. 3 of Nepal. It is administratively divided into 10 wards.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal – Janakpur

26 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Janki Mandir © Abhishek Dutta - abhishekdutta.org/cc-by-sa-3.0

Janki Mandir © Abhishek Dutta – abhishekdutta.org/cc-by-sa-3.0

Janakpur is the headquarters of Dhanusa District at Province No. 2 in Nepal. The city is a centre for religious and cultural tourism. It has been declared as the temporary capital for Province no. 2 until Province Assembly votes for a permanent capital. This city is also known as Janakpurdham, which was founded in the early 18th century. According to oral tradition, an earlier city existed in the area, also known as Janakpurdham, which was the capital of the Videha dynasty that ruled Mithila region in the ancient times. The city is located about 123 km (76 mi) south-east of Kathmandu. As of 2015, the city had a population of 173,924 making it the largest Sub-Metropolitan city of Nepal. Janakpur is currently the third largest city in the Terai (after Biratnagar and Birgunj) and the seventh largest in Nepal. The Nepal Railways used to operate between Janakpur and India.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal – Biratnagar

25 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Rickshaw © flickr.com - Prashant Shrestha/cc-by-2.0

Rickshaw © flickr.com – Prashant Shrestha/cc-by-2.0

Biratnagar is the second largest metropolitan city and the capital of the Province No. 1 of Nepal. It also holds the record for the second most densely populated (after Kathmandu) and the fourth most populous city of Nepal, with a population of 240,000. Biratnagar has politically been the most active city of Nepal, thus gifting a subtotal of five prime ministers along with hosting some of the most revolutionary incidents (the first labour strike leading to the first anti-Rana movement, the first plane hijack, the castle for Nepali Congress, etc.) in the modern history of Nepal. The city has a total area of 29.9mi² (77.5km²) and is located in the Morang District (in the previous Koshi Zone) of the eastern-most Terai region of Nepal. It lies 399 km east of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, and 6 km north of the Jogbani border of the Indian state of Bihar.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal – Pokhara

24 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Paragliders over Phewa Lake © flickr.com - jeeheon/cc-by-2.0

Paragliders over Phewa Lake © flickr.com – jeeheon/cc-by-2.0

Pokhara is a metropolitan city in Nepal which is situated in Gandaki Pradesh province of Nepal. The country’s second largest city, in terms of population, and, largest city, in terms of area, it is the capital of Gandaki Pradesh. The city also serves as the headquarters of Kaski District. Pokhara is located 200 kilometres (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. The altitude varies from 827 metres (2,713 feet) in the southern part to 1,740 metres (5,710 feet) in the north. The Annapurna Range, with three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — is within 15–35 mi (24–56 km) of the valley. Pokhara is considered the tourism capital of Nepal, being a base for trekkers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit through the Annapurna Conservation Area region of the Annapurna ranges in the Himalayas. The city is also home to a large number of the elite Gurkha soldiers.   read more…

Theme Week Nepal

23 September 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Terraced rice farming, south of Ghara © flickr.com - Greg Willis/cc-by-sa-2.0

Terraced rice farming, south of Ghara © flickr.com – Greg Willis/cc-by-sa-2.0

Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. With an estimated population of 26.4 million, it is 48th largest country by population and 93rd largest country by area. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km (17 mi) of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim. Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language.   read more…

Theme Week Bangladesh – Dhaka

31 August 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Rose Garden Palace © Bazaan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rose Garden Palace © Bazaan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dhaka is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world, with a population of 18.89 million people in the Greater Dhaka Area. Dhaka is the economic, political and cultural center of Bangladesh. It is one of the major cities of South Asia, the largest city in Eastern South Asia and among the Bay of Bengal countries; and one of the largest cities among OIC countries. As part of the Bengal plain, the city is bounded by the Buriganga River, Turag River, Dhaleshwari River and Shitalakshya River. The city is located in an eponymous district and division.   read more…

Theme Week Bangladesh – Khulna

30 August 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

The Sixty Dome Mosque, part of the medieval Mosque City of Bagerhat © Belayet/cc-by-3.0

The Sixty Dome Mosque, part of the medieval Mosque City of Bagerhat © Belayet/cc-by-3.0

Khulna is the third-largest city of Bangladesh. It is the administrative seat of Khulna District and Khulna Division. As of the 2011 census, the city has a population of 663,342. The encompassing Khulna metro area had an estimated population of 1.022 million as of 2014. Khulna is the third largest city in Bangladesh after Dhaka and Chittagong.   read more…

Theme Week Bangladesh – Brahmanbaria

29 August 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Jamia Islamia Yunusia © Zulfiquar Aungshu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Jamia Islamia Yunusia © Zulfiquar Aungshu/cc-by-sa-4.0

Brahmanbaria is a historical city of Bangladesh. It is the capital of Brahmanbaria Sadar Upazila and Brahmanbaria District and second largest city after Comilla in eastern Bangladesh. Brahmanbaria is one of the oldest municipalities in Bangladesh, and was established in 1769. Brahmanbaria was declared a district headquarters in 1984. Its municipality area has a population of 168,636 according to the 2011 Census. It was a part of greater Comilla District until 1984.   read more…

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