Although Nepal is the world's only Hindu kingdom, it also the birthplace of the
Buddha and the home of millions of faithful Buddhists. Many of the people of the
high Himalayan regions follow the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition and many of the
people of Kathmandu Valley follow a unique form of Buddhism found nowhere else.
Here in Nepal the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana, or final
passing, are celebrated on a single day, the springtime full moon.