a small landlocked Asian nation saturated in the Himalayas between India and Asia
from Sanskrit Nepala, said to be from nipat "to travel down" (from ni "down" + pat "to travel") + alaya "abode, home." If this is right, the reference is to villages in mountain vales. Relevant: Nepalese.
An offer of help from Nepal had been accepted in July, and now Jung Bahadur, the prime minister of Nepal, was advancing with io,000 Gurkhas to aid in the operations againt Lucknow; but the lateness of his arrival delayed the opening of the siege until the 2nd of March 1858.