Although Nepal maintains the majority of Hindus, recently the country has been declared a secular state by constitution. However, there is a harmonious blending between Hinduism and Buddhism which presents a vivid picture of every facet of life with colourful festivals, daily rituals, family celebrations and religious ceremonies.
Hinduism is regarded as the oldest religion in the world. Although it used to flourish from Turkey to Indonesia in its best days, due to the aggressive missionary activities of the later religions like Islam & Christianity and due to its internal weaknesses in Hinduism itself like caste system & non-belief in missionary activities, Hinduism is in the minority in the world. In spite of the majority of Hinds in India, India is not a Hindu state. It is, in fact, a secular state. So is Nepal as per new constitution. Even though, your visit to Nepal will offer a unique familiarization with Hinduism. You will be fascinated when you will be taken much back in time with more information on it.
Buddhism is a new religion which has its origin in Nepal dating around 600 BC. Buddha was born in Nepal in a holy place called Lumbini 290 km south-west from Kathmandu. It is Nepal which gave Lord Buddha to the world as the light of Asia. The Buddha, in fact, did not try to propound a separate religion. He just wanted to teach a special way of life by discovered by himself through the rigorous personal practices and ultimately it could lead the human beings to peace and happiness. The same way of life later turned into Buddhism with several branches like Hinayana (Theravada), Mahayana, Bajrayana, Lamaism (Tibetan Buddhism), etc. A visit to Nepal can offer a golden opportunity of getting exposed to all of the above branches of Buddhism.
Welcome to Nepal for a unique experience!!