My visa and COVID test are dated April 12, 2077. There is no mistake here, because the traditional chronology in Nepal is 57 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar, and in April the Nepalese celebrate the 2078th new year. This difference in chronology is due to the fact that the starting point for Nepal is the beginning of the reign of the famous Indian king Vikramatidya in 57 BC, a folk hero who, through nobility and asceticism, entered the grace of the goddess Kali. The goddess promised him a millennium of rule and invulnerability against enemies. This is probably what helped Vikramatidya to annex Kashmir, Punjab and Western India to his dominions, and also to give his name to the “Vikram-samat” calendar.
In addition to traveling to the future, in Nepal, you can easily go to the past, because the country has several less popular calendars that date back to older times. This, for example, “sake-sambat” (the chronology is from 78 BC) or the calendar of the Newars – one of the peoples of Nepal, according to which now only … 1142.