Nepal (official title: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) is a relatively small country by area (93nd largest in the world) with an above average population (41st largest in the world). The history of Nepal can be traced back thousands of years, but the first steps to the modern day country came in the mid 18th century. At this time Prithvi Narayan Shah, a king of the Gorkhali people, decided to create a kingdom that would eventually become modern day Nepal. Let’s find out where Nepal is located.
Where is Nepal located?
Nepal is found in south Central Asia. It shares borders with China (to the north) and India (to the south, east and west). It borders five Indian states; Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Sikkim. Nepal is a landlocked country and has no access to the sea. The following is a political map of Asia with the location of Nepal (red circle) and the surrounding countries marked.
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Nepal is home to a portion of the Himalayan mountains. In fact, the north of the country is home to eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world and there are 240 peaks higher than 6,096 m (20,000 ft) above sea level. This includes Mount Everest, which is the highest point on the planet at 8,848 m (29,029 ft)!
Did you know?
Nepal covers a total area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827 sq mi). This is comparable to the U.S. state of Illinois (149,998 square kilometers).
The population of Nepal is approximately 27 million (comparative with Texas). Most of this population live in the southern lowland areas where most of the major cities are found.