Nepal's History and Religions

Nepal is a rich and complex mix of different cultures and traditions, melded over thousands of years into a unique whole. For the western traveler there is much that is familiar, and many surprises. Family and religion are of paramount importance, and are constantly reflected throughout the culture. Nepal moves to a different rhythm than the West.

The notes here are meant only to tantalize you into visiting this amazing place. Some book references are included at the bottom of the page, including our own book, Streets of Silver, Streets of Gold, a book of walks in historic Kathmandu.

Nepal's Historic Tradition - A Collision of Cultures

Kathmandu has long been a magnet to peoples, with it's highly fertile soil, pleasant climate, and ancient holy sites. Stone tools are occasionally found which make it clear that Man had discovered the ancient lakebed which is the Kathmandu Valley at least 30,000 years ago. It seems likely that many of the holy sites and local deities still worshipped were established by these peoples in great antiquity.

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