Nepal is a small landlocked country located in the Himalayas bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India.
The mountainous north of Nepal has eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains (including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest) and more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft (6,096 m) above sea level.
I was there for six days in November 2014 at the end of three weeks in India. My main goal was to go cycling for four days in the mountains surrounding Kathmandu, but, as always, I managed to soak up some of the culture and take a photograph or two.
Update: In April 2015 this beautiful country was hit by devastating earthquakes, destroying thousands of homes and severely damaging many of the ancient buildings that so enthralled me only five months earlier. My thoughts go out to the gentle people of Nepal. Thank you for making me feel so welcome.