Tibet is a historical region covering much of the Tibetan Plateau in Central Asia. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Qiang, and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft). The highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, rising 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level.
The Tibetan Empire emerged in the 7th century, but with the fall of the empire the region soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet was often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. Thus Tibet remained a suzerainty of the Mongol and later Chinese rulers in Nanjing and Beijing, with reasonable autonomy given to the Tibetan leaders. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule after the Battle of Chamdo. Most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century.
Nepal culture is a consequence of blending of influences from its neighboring countries and the indigenous ethnicity over a period of centuries. It is a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual culture constituting some of the unique groups such as Ahir, Tharu, Yadav, and Newars. In fact, it would not be incorrect to say that in this landlocked country every aspect of life, clothing, and even occupations are guided by the norms of the culture.
Its population primarily comprises of Hindus and Buddhist, besides a small percentage of Muslims, Kirant (indigenous), and even Christians. With the multliciltygroups prevalent in Nepal, there are several cults that have given birth to a huge pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. The philosophical tradition also imbibes the ideology of Kashmir Shaivism as well as Tantrism.