What are some other descriptive names for Nepal besides "Land of the Thunder Dragon"?

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Nepal is a county is Asia that lies along the southern portion of the Himalayas. India is situated to the east, south, and west and Tibet forms its northern border. Its capital is Kathmandu. Many Nepalese names are taken from Sanskrit and Pali, with each having its own significance and...

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Nepal is a county is Asia that lies along the southern portion of the Himalayas. India is situated to the east, south, and west and Tibet forms its northern border. Its capital is Kathmandu. Many Nepalese names are taken from Sanskrit and Pali, with each having its own significance and meaning, many reflecting the country’s beauty. For example, Himalaya is a common Nepalese name, which translates to snowcapped mountains.

According to the 2003 travel book Let's Go India & Nepal, Nepal is often referred to as Pashupatinath Bhumi (Land of Pashupatinath, the compassionate Lord of the Animals, known in Hindu as Shiva), with the temple of Pashupatinath near Kathmandu considered the most important Hindu site in Nepal. Hindus also consider Varanasi (also known as Benaras) in Nepal as the holiest place on Earth, having taken this name from the two rivers that run through it, the Varuna and Assi. For many Hindus, a visit to Kashi (the city’s former, ancient name, meaning “The Luminous One”) is as holy and revered as the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

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The nickname that you give in your post, “The Land of the Thunder Dragon” is actually the nickname for Bhutan.

There are some nicknames that are given to Nepal. One nickname is the “Roof of the World.” It has received this nickname because it is located by the highest mountain chain in the world. Many people come to Nepal to see the Himalaya Mountains. Some people attempt the very difficult feat of trying to climb Mount Everest, which is the highest point on earth. Mount Everest, which the people of Nepal call Sagarmatha meaning Mother of the Universe, is over 29,000 feet high. It is a huge challenge to try to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

Another nickname for Nepal is “A Root Between Two Stones.” It has this nickname because Nepal is located between Tibet in the North and India to the South.

These are a few nicknames for Nepal.

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Nepal is often called the "roof of the world" because of its high elevation. According to the web site asiatravel.com, some other "nicknames" for the Himalayan country are "A Root Between Two Stones" and "Mother of the Universe" (Sagarmatha), specifically referring to the country's most famous landmark, Mt. Everest.

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