Created 12-Jun-12
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Nepal has eight of the world's10 highest mountains, including Mt. Everest & contains over 240 peaks more than 20,000 ft. Hinduism is practised by a larger majority of people than in any other nation. Buddhism, though a minority faith is linked historically with Nepal as the birthplace of the Buddha. Nepal is also mentioned in Hindu scriptures from 800 BC. Around 1000 BC, small kingdoms arose in the region. From the Shakya confederation, arose a prince named Siddharta Gautama (563–483 BC), who later renounced his royalty and came to be known as the Buddha. By 250 BC, it came under the influence of the Mauryan Empire & Gupta Empires of India. In the 11th century, Nepal came under the influence of the Chalukaya Empire of south India. Under them Nepal's kings patronised Hinduism instead of the prevailing Buddhism.In 1482 the region was carved into three kingdoms: Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. By the 18th Century the Gorkha kings unified the nation as the Hindu Kingdom of Nepal
High Himalayan ranges near PokharaTemples of kathmanduLocal kids in the Kali Temple, Kathmandu

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