Nepalese

Don’t go by the size of Nepal - instead, go by its heights! Nepal is home to eight of the ten world’s highest mountains, all within merely 143,000 sq kms area. Unbelievable as this may seem to be, Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world lies in Nepal and so does Tilicho Lake, the highest lake on earth. A landlocked mountainous country, Nepal proffers travellers with its spectacular landscape, alluring mountain peaks and mesmerizing lakes. But there is more to this beautiful country than its stunning natural beauty – its nationals. Nepal is home to amazingly talented men and women who are the true jewels of the country. These nationals have through their work and life helped Nepal gain an important position on the world map. Right from Prithvi Narayan Shah who was the founder of Nepal and till date referred to as the most famous King of Nepal to Narayan Gopal, the Sur Samrat or the King of Vocals of Nepal, the bold, courageous and valiant Pasang Lhama Sherpa who became the first Nepali women to conquer Mount Everest to Tenzing Norgay the first mountaineer to stand atop Everest alongside Sir Edmund Hillary, the list is endless. Go through this section and find out in details about famous Nepalese and their contributions.

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 1 Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 2 Mala Sinha

Mala Sinha.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India

 3 Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha.
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Famous As: Founder of Buddhism
Birthdate: 0563 BC
Birthplace: Lumbini, Nepal
Died: 0483 BC

Gautama Buddha is said to have lived in the 5th to 4th century BC and is revered as the founder of Buddhism. He is said to have spread his teachings for around 45 years based on his insights regarding suffering, nirvana and cycle of birth and rebirth. He had a large following. He obtained ‘enlightenment’ in India’s Bodh Gaya.

 4 Tenzing Norgay

Tenzing Norgay.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: May 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khumbu
Died: May 9, 1986

Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay, was one of the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the other being Edmund Hillary. He was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine. In his later years, he became the first Director of Field Training of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

 5 Chandra Bahadur Dangi

Chandra Bahadur Dangi.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Shortest Adult Male in Recorded History
Birthdate: November 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kalimati, Salyan district of Nepal
Died: September 3, 2015
Nepalese weaver Chandra Bahadur Dangi lived in oblivion in Rhimkholi, a remote village, till he was discovered by a forest contractor, who was stunned by his size. At 21.5 inches, Dangi became the Guinness record-holder for being the shortest man ever. He died at 75, while touring with a circus.

 6 Anatoli Boukreev

Anatoli Boukreev.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: January 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Korkino, Chelyabinsk Oblast
Died: December 25, 1997

Anatoli Boukreev was a Russian Kazakhstani mountaineer best remembered for his efforts that saved the lives of many during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. The following year, he died in an avalanche in Nepal. In the 2015 historical adventure film Everest, which depicts the 1996 disaster, Anatoli Boukreev is played by actor Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson.

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 7 Begum Hazrat Mahal

Begum Hazrat Mahal.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Faizabad
Died: April 7, 1879

Also known as Begum of Awadh, Begum Hazrat Mahal was the second wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. She is remembered for rebelling against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Following her husband’s exile, she took over affairs in the state of Awadh. However, she was forced by the British to abandon Awadh.

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 8 Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev

Gyanendra of Nepal.
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Famous As: Former King of Nepal
Birthdate: July 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Narayanhity Royal Palace, Kathmandu, Nepal
The last king of Nepal, Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, came to power after the infamous 2001 Nepalese royal massacre, in which nine members of the royal family, including his brother, King Birendra, were killed. He had to give up his throne after Nepal became a democratic republic in 2008.

 9 Birendra of Nepal

Birendra Bir Bikram Shah .
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Famous As: 11th King of Nepal
Birthdate: December 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Narayanhity Palace
Died: June 1, 2001
Nepalese king Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, true to his royal lineage, had received an elite education at institutes such as Eton and Harvard. His murder, by his own son, Dipendra, during a dinner party massacre in 2001, that killed almost the entire Nepalese royal family, shocked the world.

 10 Amrita Acharia

Amrita Acharia.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

ALRA alumna Amrita Acharia is best known as Dothraki handmaiden Iri from the series Game of Thrones. The Nepalese-Ukrainian actor is also known as Dr. Ruby Walker from The Good Karma Hospital and has appeared in films such as I Am Yours. She also works to rehabilitate trafficked Nepalese children.

 11 Sandeep Lamichhane

Sandeep Lamichhane.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 2, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Syangja

Sandeep Lamichhane is a Nepalese cricketer who plays for the Nepalese national team as a right-arm leg-spin bowler. Besides his national team, he has also played for Twenty20 franchise sides across the world. As a boy, he trained at  Chitwan Cricket Academy and was named in Nepal's under-19 squad. He is also a singer and has a YouTube channel. 

 12 Curtis Waters

Curtis Waters
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 13 Prithvi Narayan Shah

Prithvi Narayan Shah
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: January 11, 1723
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gorkha, Nepal
Died: January 15, 1775

 14 Yama Buddha

Yama Buddha
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Music Department,Actor,Soundtrack
Birthdate: May 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leguwa, Nepal
Died: January 14, 2017

 15 Binod Chaudhary

Binod Chaudhary
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 16 Shrinkhala Khatiwada

Shrinkhala Khatiwada
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hetauda, Nepal

 17 Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev

Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev.
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Famous As: Former King of Nepal
Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: January 31, 1972
Son of Nepalese king Tribhuvan, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev took over as the king in 1955 and dissolved the Nepali constitution and parliament by a coup in 1960. He loved writing poetry and songs. His son, Birendra, who succeeded him, was later killed in the royal massacre in 2001.

 18 Prachanda

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Nepal
Birthdate: December 11, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dhikur Pokhari, Nepal

Nepali Communist Party leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known as Prachanda, or “fierce,” played a major role in the Maoist insurgency that put an end to monarchy in the country and brought about democracy. He thus served as the first Nepali prime minister, and returned to the post later.

 19 Apa Sherpa

Apa Sherpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: mountaineer
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Thame

 20 Jung Bahadur Rana

Jung Bahadur Rana .
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Famous As: Former Ruler & Prime Minister of Nepal
Birthdate: June 18, 1816
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu
Died: February 25, 1877

Jung Bahadur Rana is credited with founding the famous Rana dynasty in Nepal. One of the most prominent figures in the history of Nepal, Rana took control of the government of Nepal in 1846 and became the country's prime minister. The last few days of his life inspired the 2015 Nepali historical film, Seto Bagh.

 21 Siddharth Koirala

Siddharth Koirala
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 22 Priyanka Karki

Priyanka Karki
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 23 Laxmi Prasad Devkota

Laxmi Prasad Devkota
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: September 14, 1959

 24 Peter Aufschnaiter

Peter Aufschnaiter
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer, Cartographer, Geographer, Rock climber
Birthdate: November 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kitzbühel
Died: October 12, 1973

 25 Queen Aishwarya of Nepal

Queen Aishwarya of Nepal
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lazimpat Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: June 1, 2001

 26 Girija Prasad Koirala

Girija Prasad Koirala .
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Nepal
Birthdate: July 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saharsa, Bihar, British Raj (present-day India)
Died: March 20, 2010

Girija Prasad Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of the country on four occasions. Although he was accused of institutionalizing corruption in Nepal, Koirala remains one of the most popular politicians in the history of Nepal. In 2015, he was posthumously honored with Nepal's highest honor, Nepal Ratna Man Padavi.

 27 Maha Maya

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Famous As: Gautama Buddha's mother
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Devdaha Municipality, Nepal
Died: 0563 AD

 28 Bhanubhakta Acharya

Bhanubhakta Acharya
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chundi Ramgha, Nepal
Died: April 23, 1868

 29 Rajesh Hamal

Rajesh Hamal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tansen, Nepal

 30 Ang Rita

Ang Rita
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: mountaineer
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Nepal

 31 Sushil Koirala

Sushil Koirala.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Nepal
Birthdate: August 12, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Biratnagar, Morang, Nepal
Died: February 9, 2016

Sushil Koirala was a Nepalese politician who served as the prime minister of Nepal from 1 February 2014 to 10 October 2015. His government was panned for its slow response to the April 2015. Nepal earthquake. After his demise in 2016, the Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation was established in his honor.

 32 Anmol K.C.

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 33 Teriya Magar

Teriya Magar
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 12, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rupandehi, Nepal

 34 Prashant Tamang

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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata

 35 Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koirala
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Social worker
Birthdate: April 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rumjatar, Nepal

 36 Suman Pokhrel

Suman Pokhrel
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mills Area, Biratnagar, Nepal

 37 Udit Narayan

Udit Narayan
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Playback Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baradah, Saptary, Nepal

 38 Ram Baran Yadav

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sapahi, Janakpur

 39 Namrata Shrestha

Namrata Shrestha
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dharan, Nepal

 40 Babu Chiri Sherpa

Babu Chiri Sherpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: June 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Solukhumbu, Nepal
Died: April 29, 2001

 41 Manita Devkota

Manita Devkota
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 11, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khandbari, Sankhuwasabha, Nepal

 42 Baburam Bhattarai

Baburam Bhattarai.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 35th Prime Minister of Nepal
Birthdate: June 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khoplang, Gorkha, Nepal

Born in a remote village in Nepal, Baburam Bhattarai completed his education in India on scholarships. The former prime minister of Nepal also boasts of a PhD from JNU. A member of the Maoist faction of the Communist Party of Nepal, he later launched his own party, Naya Shakti.

 43 Anushka Shrestha

Anushka Shrestha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: January 18, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 44 Pasang Lhamu Sherpa

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Solukhumbu District
Died: April 22, 1993

 45 Samragyee RL Shah

Samragyee RL Shah
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birgunj, Nepal

 46 Aanchal Sharma

Aanchal Sharma
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 47 Swastima Khadka

Swastima Khadka
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

 48 Narayan Gopal

Narayan Gopal
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: December 5, 1990

 49 Rekha Thapa

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salakpur, Koshi Haraicha, Nepal

 50 Gaurika Singh

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: November 26, 2002
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal