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Nepal shares with Tibet the title of the "roof of the world," acknowledging the majesty of the Himalayas, though Nepal is flat and fertile in its southern regions. Eight of the worlds ten highest peaks are in Nepal, including Mount Everest, and the capital of the country bears the mystical sounding name, Kathmandu. Ellenshaw was enchanted with Nepal and returned repeatedly to depict the grandeur of its natural scenery. The Dalai Lama, whose palace is in nearby Tibet, once noted that in these lands, "Life is sparse and sounds travel great distances," undoubtedly adding to their mystical quality.
Created by: Ellenshaw, Peter
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The Thangboche Monastery is Buddhist, though 81% of the population of Nepal is Hindu. It is famous internationally because of its spectacular location on the main route to the base camp of Mt. Everest where it offers the first clear view of the highest mountain in the world. It became famous after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay made a stop there on their way to conquering Everest. Today, more than 30,000 people a year visit the monastery which is set in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Created by: Ellenshaw, Peter
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