Nepal

Nepal

Etymology

Local legends have that a Hindu sage named “Ne” established himself in the valley of Kathmandu in prehistoric times and that the word “Nepal” came into existence as the place was protected (“pala” in Pali) by the sage “Nemi”. It is mentioned in Vedic texts that this region was called Nepal centuries ago. According to the Skanda Purana, a rishi called “Nemi” used to live in the Himalayas. In the Pashupati Purana, he is mentioned as a saint and a protector. He is said to have practised meditation at the Bagmati and Kesavati rivers and to have taught there. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Behance Nepal Meetup – Let us talk about sensible designing. Getting inspired and originality should be equally important and relevant. This meetup shall be a starting point in Nepal to talk about designing specially in Graphics and Web. [meetup]

DigiTra Talk Kathmandu – We have traditional artist, contemporary artists, graphic designers, web designers and more but less are together. Let us talk about original art of Nepal and its application in added platforms. [meetup]

EarthBag Building in Nepal- Community Outreach Meetup – This group unites all the friends who want to help rebuild Nepal after #Nepalearthquake. Priority will be given to houses for extremely poor and underprivileged, as well as orphanages and schools. If you want to build a house for yourself, please train on an ongoing project first to build it correctly and safely. [meetup]

Kathmandu Apache Spark Meetup – This is a meetup for Kathmandu users of Spark, the lighting-fast cluster programming framework. The meetup includes introductions to the various Spark features, case studies from users, best practices for deployment and tuning, and updates on development. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

ChatSansar – ChatSansar.com is Nepal’s long lasting IRC Nepal Chat. We started as RamailoSansar.com as the domain providing Ramailo Chating platform for Nepal users. Then, we changed our name to ChatSansar.com. The mazzako chat of nepal is to yahoo about and have fun making friends and start dating online in this user-friendly Nepal Chat environment. [chatsansar]

Nepal Dating – Internet dating truly is the safest and easiest way to meet people these days. It is a great way of getting to know people in depth before you head out and actually meet them for a date. But it is also a great way of meeting other people as well. One of the many great things that we have discovered since we created Nepal Dating is that our site has not only become the premier destination for Nepalese singles to meet each other and hopefully find ‘the one’. [nepal dating]

Nepal FriendsDate – Meet single Nepalese in your local area at NepalFriendsDate.com, the free dating site for single Nepalese. Cricket, roti, learning about Nepalese culture, whatever you are looking for, Nepal friends date is the ultimate singles community for Nepalese. Best of all, you pay nothing at the Nepalese dating site because it is absolutely free. Browse single, local Nepalese and meet new friends today! [nepal friendsdate]

Nepal Love – Many Nepalese singles are having a difficult time finding a suitable partner due to many factors such as lack of options in a foreign country or lack of time. NepalLove aims to fill in the blank by bringing together Nepalese singles from all over the world. In order to ensure serious and credible inquiries, NepalLove will begin to require a nominal FEE to access all features starting 2013 January 1. Please register now to avoid the fee! [nepal love]

Nepal Matrimonial – NepalMatrimonial.com is a unique online matrimonial – dating site dedicated to Nepalese living all over the world. The purpose of this site is to bring together potential matrimonial partners on the net. [nepal matrimonial]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Earthbound Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. – At Earthbound Expeditions, we believe in teamwork and we work towards serving our clients with expertise and a hospitable approach. Our company management, along with our tour guides and staff, has made Earthbound Expeditions an exceptional an award winning travel and trekking company in Nepal. [enepal trekking]

Himalayan Glacier Trekking – Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. Therefore, when it comes to keeping the overhead of our trips low, safety is one area in which we simply do not compromise. Our guides are selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, impeccable judgment, their friendly demeanor and their ability to provide helpful and knowledgeable instructions. [himalayan glacier]

Himkala Adventure Pvt. Ltd. – Himkala Adventure Pvt. Ltd. is a trekking company run by the professional trekking/tour guide, Shiva Dhakal. Shiva has much experience in trekking in the Himalayan region and has run tours in Kathmandu and around the country of Nepal for over 15 years. His office is located in Thamel, 5 km in distance from the Tribhuvan International Airport, and in the middle of the main tourist area in the city. [himkala adventure]

Nepal Hiking Adventure Company Pvt. Ltd. – We at Nepal Hiking Adventure Company offers you in the land of the high Himalayas, raging glacial rivers, deep valleys, verdant jungles, rich culture with age old traditions. Providing value added services to the guest and travelers who come to experience our magnificent country with cultural and religious way of life as it was for centuries. [nepal hiking club]

Nepal Hiking Team Pvt. Ltd – If you think all the travel companies are same then it is time you change your concept! Yes, we are different and we don’t just say it, we can prove it! We create, organize and guide all by ourselves! [nepal hiking team]

Pink Mountain Travels – Our Mission is to provide unique high quality tours and travel packages and bespoke programmes to international LGBT tourists and travellers from across the world. These include dedicated LGBT tour and travel experience services (wedding/marriage and partnership blessings for same sex partners, and more …), and also broader packages and programmes that focus on you being able to experience the beauty and majestic grandeur of Nepal’s natural environment, and the unequalled richness of its diverse traditional and contemporary cultures. [pink mountain travel]

Soft Adventure Specialists – socialtours.com travels & socialtreks.com adventures is a licensed Nepalese company, established in 2002. We are made up of two companies, both under the same management, socialtours.com travels – our flagship company and socialtreks.com adventures – our specialist trekking company. Our tailor made trips promote and preserve Nepal’s rich cultural and ecological diversity. [social tours]

Welcome To My Yard – Welcome To My Yard is an innovative social enterprise partnering with street based Nepali children, young people and families and those at risk to provide holistic community based support, practical education, training and savings schemes. Through our creative approaches to ‘involve’, ‘inspire’ and ‘enable’ we are creating brighter futures for those we assist and not for profit projects with a social conscience. [welcome to my yard]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Admire the simple charming Bandipur – Bandipur was once a very prosperous trading center at the top of the hill, and now, it is popular for the ancient charm, quiet atmosphere and the nearby national park. You will appreciate the heritages of the ancient Newari culture, and enjoying the amazing view of Himalaya mountain range. Different from the Chitwan National Park, the Dandipur national park is an important Project Tiger Reserve, where you can see the spotting tigers. [tibet discovery]

Appreciate the marvelous natural beauty in Pokhara – Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty, praised as ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’. It is blessed with amazing panoramic views of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop, stretching from east to west. You will never miss a chance to visit the charming Phewa Lake, where you can enjoy boating on the placid waters, and also relax in the thriving Lakeside towns. [tibet discovery]

Experience Nepalese Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga – There are many specialized ayurveda clinics, meditaion centers and yoga classes in Kathmandu, Lumbini and other tourist cities in Nepal, which will help you achieve the different dimensions of health-physical, sensorial, mental and spiritual. [tibet discovery]

Experience the exciting white-water Rafting – Thanks to its mountainous steep terrain, Nepal boasts some of the best whitewaters in the world, which descending from the Himalayas. Regarded as the World’s Best Destination for White Water Rafting & Kayaking, Nepal offers you a rare chance to experience the exciting rafting trip in such magnificent mountain surroundings, with terraced paddy fields, deep gorges, exotic villages around. [tibet discovery]

Explore the vibrancy and history of Kathmandu – Kathmandu, the capital and largest city of Nepal, is travelers’ rest stop, handicrafts hot spot and exotic artistic enclave all at once. It is also home to seven World Heritage Sites and is famous for the rich art and architecture of a civilization going back centuries. Wandering in the Durbar Square, enjoying the chatter, bustle and pulse of the city, appreciating the delicate handicrafts and fine temples in the city, you will get a vivid impression of Nepal. [tibet discovery]

Go on safari in the Chitwan National Park – Chitwan National Park are preserving one of the most unique ecosystems in the world, which is the home to the rare one-horned rhinos, wild elephants, hyenas, leopards and more than 450 species of birds. You can take days trekking through the jungle, enjoying a leisurely elephant ride along the grassy wetlands, taking a bird watching of hundreds species of magnificent birds, and experiencing a canoe ride on the river. [tibet discovery]

Taste Diverse Cuisines – Kathmandu offers dining experiences that range from the exotica of five-star menus to the roadside café experience. The best part is that a variety of international cuisines are offered within walking distance or short drive by world-class restaurants and the price range does not burn a hole in the pocket. Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mexican, Continental, you name it. You’ll find them all here. [tibet discovery]

Trace back the history of Buddhism from Lumbini – Nepal is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, because two of the four holy sites of Buddhism are in Nepal, including Lumbini (the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha), and Sarnath (where the Lord Buddha first taught the Dharma and the Buddhist Sangha came into existence). [tibet discovery]

Trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary – Nepal, the home to the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains, is absolutely the trekking paradise for all the trek-lovers. You can relax in traditional mountain teahouse, discover the raw beauty of the Himalayas, and experience the achievement of reaching Everest Base Camp. [tibet discovery]

Wander the cobblestone streets of Bhaktapur – Bhaktapur, in the east corner of Kathmandu, is an ancient city which is almost completely preserved. The old town of Bhakatapur doesn’t get many headlines, but is a snapshot of centuries of Newari (the indigenous people of the Kathmandi valley) culture. You’ll quickly become a huge fan of its rich culture, ancient temples, and fine wood, metal and stone artwork. All with a back drop of snow-capped mountains. [tibet discovery]

Festivals

Festivals

Buddha Jayanti – Buddha Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of the Lord Buddha which dates back in about 543 BC. It falls on the full moon night of either May or June. The peace lover and Buddhist communities like to make their pilgrimage at Buddha’s birth place Lumbini of Nepal in this auspicious day. [himalayan glacier]

Dashain and Tihar – The biggest and most popular festivals based on religion are: Dashain and Tihar in Nepal. Dashain, a celebration of Goddess Durga’s victory over evil Mahisashur, has symbolic meaning deeply rooted in Nepalese society. Tihar, a celebration of lights and color dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, too unfolds social joy throughout the nation. [himalayan glacier]

Fagun Purnima – Fagun Purnima, allegedly named after the mythical demoness Holika, is a day when the feast of colors is celebrated. The ancient Holi festival falls on late February or on early March. It has growing popularity among Nepalese even today and it is amazingly celebrated throughout the nation. [himalayan glacier]

Gai Jatra – Gai Jatra is one of the most popular festivals generally celebrated in between August-September. Even though Gai Jatra has presence throughout the country, it has most strongholds in the Newari community of Kathmandu valley. This festival has its roots in the belief that the god of death, Yamaraj, must be feared and hence worshiped. [himalayan glacier]

Janai Purnima – Janai Purnima keeps the sacred meaning in Hindu community of Nepal. On this same day Rakshya Bandhan is also celebrated where every Hindu ties a sacred thread. Janai Purnima maintains the holy significance where as Rakshya Bandhan makes stronger the love and respect in between and among sisters and brothers. [himalayan glacier]

Shree Krishna Janmastami – Shree Krishna Janmastami marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna. Lord Krishnais regarded as the 8th avatar or ‘incarnation’ of Lord Vishnu. It falls on August and September. This festival is hugely celebrated throughout the country. [himalayan glacier]

Teej – Teej is a celebration of fasting in which women pray for marital bliss, well being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. It takes place on August and September. In the present context, the festival has connotation with rights of women. [himalayan glacier]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – There are several types of bus in Nepal and they nearly all suffer from years of bad road conditions. Flat tires are quite common as are breakdowns. But the good news is that such delays are usually fixed quite quickly and on the spot. The second biggest delay in local bus transport comes from the frequent stops to let people off or pick them up. Tea breaks and meal stops play a role here too. Tourist buses generally have fewer stops. [the longest way home]

Taxi – Nepal’s taxi ranks are mainly made up of little white Suzuki’s. They are meant to be metered but the reality is the meters don’t work. The taxi’s are small but provide for an essential transport service in Nepal. [the longest way home]

Car Hire – Four wheel drive vehicles are used extensively in Nepal both by locals and tourists. For tourists they are used mainly for reaching some trekking start points or on overland journeys from/to India and from/to Tibet. [the longest way home]

Motorbikes & cycling – Motorbikes are everywhere in Nepal. From speeding students to a family of 5 you’ll need to watch out for them or get an occasional close call. That being said renting a motorbike in Nepal is quite an easy thing to do and also quite popular. The most popular place tourists rent bikes in Nepal is in Pokhara. Either to drive around the pristine lakeside area or to take that big road trip to Kathmandu. You can also take motorcycle lessons in Nepal quite cheaply. Though international standards may not be enforced or even known about. [the longest way home]

Rickshaw – Motor Rickshaw, once Nepal had plenty of motorized rickshaws. Today there are very few. High pollution and poor roads mean it’s quite rare to see a rickshaw in Nepal. Cycle Rickshaws, also once quite popular these rickety old carriages can still be found in many towns. Quite slow and awkward they are best used for short journeys or during bandas when you can still avail of them. [the longest way home]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

DN: Nepal Ruby and Rails Users Group – We are the Nepal Ruby and Rails Users Group and we gladly invite you to our next meetup. Meet regularily once a month (every second Sunday of the month) to learn new and interesting stuff about Ruby/Rails and related technologies, to foster our community and to have fun together. [meetup]

DN: Python Users Group Nepal – This is the group for Python Developers of Nepal. We plan to meetup regularly and would be announcing all meetups via this group. [meetup]

Kathmandu Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. [meetup]

Kathmandu WooCommerce Meetup – WooCommerce has emerged as the most popular method to sell online with close to 600K sites powered by WordPress and WooCommerce and over 6 million downloads. Our success has always been hinged to the amazing WordPress & WooCommerce communities. [meetup]

KathmanduJS – Javascript is increasing in popularity but there are very few people writing frontend-heavy apps in javascript in Nepal. Let us meet and promote Javascript development. [meetup]

Nepal MongoDB User Group – This is the home of the Nepal MongoDB User Group. MongoDB is a high-performance, schema-free, document-oriented database. This group is for people interested in exploring MongoDB and learning more about using the database in production. [meetup]

PHP Developers Nepal – This is the group for all the PHP and related technologies(like JavaScript, CSS , HTML) users. The main purpose of this group is to network among the fellow developers and help others. [meetup]

WordPress Nepal – Everything WordPress 🙂 [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Living in Nepal – Nepal sits at the crossroads of India and China, lending two distinctly different cultural nuances to the Himalayan heritage. What it produced, although sharing traces of its neighbors’ flavor charm, is unique. Nepal has the tallest tourist and expat magnet, Mt. Everest. This splendid work of nature commands the respect and determination of mountaineers, trekkers and other adventure types. But of course, Nepal is more than just Mt. Everest. If you’re one to finding out and unraveling Nepal, here are some valuable information to get you started. [expat woman]

Living in Nepal- Expat – Overhung by the legendary Himalayan range, Nepal is a mythical country with a huge natural and cultural wealth. Nicknamed the “Third Pole” or the “Roof of the World”, Nepal is a dream destination for the most adventurous expatriates. [expat]

Nepal Expats – NX is a filtered community of individuals who contribute to make expats’ lives easier in Nepal. [facebook]

Your Expat Community in Nepal – Namastē and a heart-felt welcome to the expat community in Nepal! At InterNations, we understand that making a move to another country can be a little nerve-wracking, but that’s where the expat community comes in! InterNations is a community for expats in Nepal and all over the world, bringing expats together to share advice and help each other when making a move abroad. [internations]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Blue Diamond Society – The Blue Diamond Society was established in 2001. Working for sexual minorities in a conservative country like Nepal which still disapproves sexual behaviour other than heterosexual and therefore people like us was extremely challenging. [bds]

Resources

Resources

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