Having lived in Nepal and travelled up and down this little country extensively, I feel fairly knowledgeable about it. However, it never ceases to present new experiences and even though I go every year, I always come away learning something new about it.
Famous for the highest point on earth (Mount Everest) people are surprised when I say that Kathmandu has similar temperatures to the south of France - it just rains more in the summer. In fact Nepal has every climate as in the Terai, lowland area bordering India, it is only about 500m above sea level.
Also, it is not a Buddhist country but a Hindu country. There are over one hundred languages spoken by over 60 different ethnic groups in a population of about thirty million people. Buddhists tend to live in the mountains and also there are many Tibetans in Nepal.
Sandwiched between India and China, many people think it is part of one or other of these mighty countries, but in fact it has never been invaded or controlled by any foreign power. The British tried in the early nineteenth century but were defeated.
Often on people's bucket lists for holidays, it is not just about trekking with sherpas carrying your luggage up Himalayan trails. There is so much else to see and experience and you definitely don't have to a fit and strong hiker to enjoy travelling in this country. From jungles and tigers, to historic towns and temples, there is a lot to see that doesn't involve puffing up mountains.
This is my favourite place in Kathmandu:
Have you ever been here? What do you know about this place?