also known as the Switzerland of Asia, is not
only beautiful with its snow-capped mountains,
crystal-clear lakes, gushing rivers, rare variety
of flora and fauna, myriad temples and stupas
but equally exotic as well. It's a Shangri-La
where people come with a hope of having a glimpse
of Yeti, a mysterious abominable snow animal,
or even in quest for nirvana or enlightenment.
But at the same time it is a country where tradition
and modernity intermingle with each other and
peoples with diverse languages, religions and
Every year many documentary filmmakers come
to Nepal to capture the rich cultural heritage
and diversity with their cameras. Some even
come just to capture the rare natural beauty
and virgin locales of the land.
But even large-scale productions have been shot
in Nepal. Films like The
Little Buddha and The
Golden Child have captured the glorious
past, the diverse landscape, the rich cultural
heritage and architectural splendor of the land.
The Oscar-nominated Caravan,
portraying fortitude of the people living amidst
adverse natural conditions in Dolpo, a mountain
district, has captured the majestic panorama
of mountainous landscapes and lakes.
Besides this, numerous Bollywood films have
been shot here, capturing the beautiful and
exotic locales of the land. One major film Khudagawha,
whose story was set in the acrid mountain deserts
of Afghanistan, was shot in Nepal when it became
impossible to continue shooting in Afghanistan.
In 2001, 41 foreign films were shot in Nepal.