Nepal: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Nepal, about the revolution of the Nepali Congress and new government, the Himalayas and Mt. Everest.



In 1951 a revolution headed by the Nepali Congress took place and a Government was set up wherein a constitutional monarch led an elected Congress. A democratic constitution was put into effect in 1959 which resulted in the election of a socialist-inclined Government. Twenty months later, a land-reform program being considered by the new Government inspired the King to dismiss the Parliament, suspend the constitution, outlaw political parties, and assume full control of Nepal. After outlawing political parties, which had grown almost too numerous to count, the King instituted a system of "village council democracy" which essentially has allowed traditional rural power elements, such as landlords and moneylenders, to retain local power.

Among the many attractions which lure visitors to Nepal (the number of tourists quadrupled between 1966 and 1971) are the massive Himalaya Mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth; Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha; and Government-approved hashish stores.

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