Nesting below the Himalayas, Nepal mirrors its meaning... “abode at the foot of the mountains”. Known for pristine beauty and gentle people, Nepal has also some of the toughest warriors of the world: The Gurkhas. Nepal’s is an intriguing history, fraught with wars, succeeding kingdoms, Buddhism and bloodshed, darkness and light. There was a golden period with the Malla rulers when their unique architecture, it is said, was sourced by a Nepali architect, Amiko, in the 13th century. Inspired by the Lhasa and Mongol pagodas, Amiko introduced it to his homeland where, until today, it draws curious locals and tourists from the world over. It was also during this mellow period that a lush art and culture blossomed in the country.
While the earliest known inhabitants were the Hindu Kiratis who are said to have seeded their kingdom in the Nepal plains between the 6th and 7th centuries, it was Gautam Buddha’s birth in Lumbini [6th C], that shaped Nepal’s position in a wider world. Additionally, Nepal’s proximity to India and China has had its influences through which it was Hinduism and Indian culture that permeated almost seamlessly––yet, interestingly, Nepal’s identity has always remained singularly distinctive.