El Nepal

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Nepal has an area of 140.000 km2 (147.181Km2 according to Wikipedia) with a border with India on the South and West, Sikkim on the East and Tibet at the North. Notably, the Himalaya range contains the highest mountains in the world.

The climate is tightly related to winds and the currents coming from Bay of Bengal. From end of June to September it frequently rains, nearly on a daily basis. Autumn is the best time of the year for tourism in Nepal (hiking and climbing), especially in October and November. Some tourists also take the chance to visit Nepal in the months of May and June, before the arrival of rainy season.

Several International airlines fly to Nepal, although it can also be reached by train from India.

A tourist visa is required to enter the country. This can be easily processed at Nepal’s Consulate in Barcelona or at Nepal’s Embassy in Madrid. Also. it is possible to obtain a visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. The paperwork documentation cost is around 40€.

image Time zone difference compared to Spain is of +4:45h. in Winter and +3:45h. in Summer time.
Nepal people are either Buddhist or Hindu. A small percentage of the population are Catholic or Muslims. The social structure is complex and it includes many castes (Tamang, Newars, Sherpas, Limbus, Rais).

The economy of the county is very fragile, being one of the poorest countries in the world (number 145 out of the 187 poorest countries worldwide). Most inhabitants' incomes are provided by tourism related activities. Nepal is a big rice and tea producer. Rupee is the national currency. It is common  to negotiate the price with the seller when purchasing something. Also giving tips is frequent and normal.

When it comes to politics, Nepal is a very unstable country. Between 1996 and 2006 there was a Maoist revolution against the Monarchy. In 2007 a Constituent Assembly was established until the celebration of Democratic Elections in 2008, where Maoist Party won and the King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev abdicated and left the country.

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