Naturally Nepal

Nepal as an outdoor film studio

Nepal is a country blessed with abundant natural resources, which has made this small country one of the most diverse, varied and beautiful topographies in the entire world.

An elevation ranging from 62 meters above sea level in the flat plains of southern Nepal to a peak altitude of 8,848 meters above sea level to the northern Himalayas has given Nepal a variety of ecosystems, ranging from tropical and subtropical forests in the south to the mountain deserts and alpine grasslands to the north, all within a country that covers only 0.3% of earth’s total landmass. That’s 147,181 square kilometers of rivers, lakes, forests, hills, glaciers, valleys, grasslands and farmlands.

Nepal is an outdoor film studio. Why? Because of its huge variety of environment and vastly contrasting array of locations. After going through the photos and descriptions below, you might get an idea on why I have called Nepal an outdoor film studio. Read on!

The Himalayan Frontier

The desolate yet striking mountains to the north host 8 of the world’s 10 highest peaks, Everest being at the forefront, 8,848 meters tall. Nepal is a country which occupies the highest portion of the Himalayan range; the mountain range runs through the entire length of the country at around 800 kilometers. From strikingly beautiful valleys to glaciers and turbulent rivers, high altitude lakes and alpine grasslands, the Himalayas have it all. Being some of the most isolated places in the world, the seclusion has caused the people and the society to stand still through the passage of time. You will still find people speaking languages and following traditions exactly how their ancestors did it centuries back. The isolation has formed hundreds of different settlements and dozens of distinct ethnicities with their own traditions through hundreds of years. The extremities have caused the locals to be some of the most hardy, cooperative and hospitable people in the entire world.

The Hilly Highlights

The forest covered hills of Nepal cover almost 68% of the country’s total land area. Being the biggest topographical division by far, the hills are where you will find the most natural as well as cultural sophistication in the country. Hundreds of white-water rivers originate in the Himalayas but separate into various tributaries and flow down into the plains through the Nepalese hills. There are thousands of square kilometers of forest cover in this region, largely contributing to the 35% forest cover of the entire country. There are lakes in abundance in the hilly areas. Rara and Phewa, the two biggest and the most scenic lakes, and the pride of the country, lie in this region. Despite the impenetrable hilly terrain, the hills host some of the biggest and most sophisticated cities of Nepal, including Kathmandu, the country’s capital. Highly dominated by farmers and agriculturists in the past, the hills have been tamed by the locals to some extent. You will find abundant terraced hills and farmlands in the unlikeliest of places.

The Bountiful Terai

The southern plains of Nepal, called the Terai region and covering only 17% of the country’s total land, are some of the most arable land in the entire continent. Rightly called the bread-basket of the country, Terai supplies over 70% food materials for around 3 million Nepalese. Being easily accessible and running the length and breadth of the country, Terai is also home to Nepal’s biggest industries. Populated by distinct communities like the Tharus and Rajbanshis, it is also populated by the giant Asiatic Elephants, the rare One-horned Rhinoceros and the extremely elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. Home to Nepal’s tropical and sub-tropical forests, Terai boasts its fair share of flora and fauna, making it the home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Sharing an open border with India to the south has led to an intermingling of culture, resulting in a prominence of Indian cultures and traditions in the region.

So you saw the variety Nepal possesses in terms of its natural assets. Imagine seeing them on the big screen, imagine the excitement and the awe. Think, why Nepal is an outdoor film studio. It should be obvious, now.

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