Ecozone wise, Nepal is located where the Palearctic and Indo-malayan Ecozones meet.

Ecozones are the largest divisions of the earth’s landmass based on distribution of living beings. Basically they are huge areas where organisms have been evolving in relative isolation from other ecozones. And guess what, Nepal lies at the boundary of the Palearctic and Indo-Malaya ecozones. As such, for a country that covers but 0.01% of earth’s land surface area, Nepal has 6391 species of flowering plants (2.76% of the world), 534 ferns (5.15%), 185 mammals (3.96%), 874 birds (8.90%) and 651 butterflies (3.72%).

Danfe, national bird of Nepal

What does this mean for you?

  1. If you are interested in wildlife and flowers, Nepal is perhaps the best place to witness the sheer diversity of nature in the shortest trip possible. That is also the reason why we invented placecards in our trekking applications. These placecards show where and when these amazing flowers, birds and animals are found during your trek. Also come during spring if you are big on nature.
  2. Downloading trekking guidebooks from HoneyGuide Apps will be an amazing way to connect with these varied and amazing gifts of nature. :P

 

Only in Nepal

  1. Nepal is amazing in that she is not only gifted with the bounty of nature but the people here literally worship nature. Yes there are festivals here that are dedicated to worshipping various animals and plants. These include Kukur Tihar (Dog), Gai Tihar (Cow), Kaag Tihar (Crow) and Gathe Mangal (Frog). Trees like Peepal (Holy Fig; Ficus religiosa) and plants like Tulsi (Holy Basil; Ocimum tenuiflorum) are also worshipped rigorously here.

Kukur tihar

 


Little Secret no one will tell you

1. Street dogs rule the streets after 11pm.