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NEWSFLASH - JULY 2008

Fleche July 29, 2008 - Fishtail Air Acquires Bell 206B III Helicopter
Fishtail Air Pvt. Ltd. is now ready to launch Bell 206B III helicopter in Nepal, after completing the assembly supervision of the bell helicopter representative , and complying with all the requirements of the Civil aviation Authority of Nepal.The test flight was carried out on 4th July 2008.the helicopter will come into commercial operation after receiving the Certificate of airworthiness. American built Bell 206B helicopter is time tested and comes with the best safety record of any helicopter in the industry. Some special features of the helicopter are:

fishtail_helicopter

  • Best safety record in its class
  • Best auto rotational characteristics as compared to other helicopters in operation
  • Ease of operation and a robust cabin structure
  • Powerful and dependable turbine engine that has stood the test of time
  • Room to easily accommodate 4 passengers and 1 pilot
  • The helicopter is 40% more fuel efficient than other helicopters operating in Nepal

Fishtail Air, with the operation of this helicopter commits itself to offer services that are tailored to fit the needs of its customers and clients.

Fleche July 27, 2008 - Scholarships Granted to Conflict-Affected & Disadvantaged Children in Nuwakot
Nuwakot , July 26, Saturday: A function was organized on 26th July 2008 at Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School, Nuwakot, to award scholarships to conflict affected and underprivileged children, under Explore Himalaya's ongoing community project 'Each One Teach One'. Mr.Posta Bahadur Bogati, Member of constituent Assembly, Nuwakot 3 graced the function as the chief guest, while the guest of honor was Mr. Prem Tamang, Member of Constituent Assembly, Rasuwa. The program was chaired by Mr.Badri Man Shrestha, Chairman of Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School Management Committee, and was attended by Mr.Suman Pandey, President of Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, Principal, teachers and management committee members of Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School and other luminaries of Nuwakot.
Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, a Kathmandu based agency started the Each One Teach One project in 23rd Feb 2007with the goal of providing school level education to conflict-affected children in a bid to give them a better chance to live a happy, secure and healthy life. The project is primarily focused on ensuring children’s rights to education. For this, EHCSP seeks financial support from various donors. With the funds collected from the donors, the project aims to provide a monthly scholarship of Rs.1000 to conflict-affected children upto high school graduation. The money received will be directly utilized for the children's' school fees, stationeries, outfits and other necessary educational resources.
A total of 16 students received scholarships from British and Canadian donors in 2007. This year, a new group of 20 students received the scholarship. The chief guest Mr.Posta Bahadur Bogati handed over the scholarships to the children and their guardians.
Speaking at the function, Mr.Bogati lauded Explore Himalaya's efforts to brighten the future of the children.



Mr. Suman Pandey introducing the children



A child receiving the scholarship from the chief guest, Mr.Posto Bahadur Bogati



The chief guest and other guests with the nominated children

Fleche July 27, 2008 -Cheadle Hulme School, Manchester, UK Raises a sum of £1,510/- for Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School's Auditorium & Hostel Building, Nuwakot
At a function held on 26th July 2008 at Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School, Nuwakot, to award scholarships to conflict affected and underprivileged children, the chief guest Mr.Posta Bahadur Bogati, Member of Constituent Assembly, Nuwakot 3, handed over a cheque of £1,510 donated and raised by the Cheadle Hulme School, Manchester, UK for the building of auditorium & hostel of Shree Bhairabi Higher Secondary School, to the chairman of the school management committee Mr.Badri Man Shrestha. The school, in appreciation, presented a gratitude plaque commemorating Cheadle Hulme School's generous contribution towards the building fund. The plaque was received by Mr.Suman Pandey, President of Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, on behalf of the school.
It was during a trip to Nuwakot organized by EH for the teachers and students of Cheadle Hulme, that the latter decided to provide financial assistance in construction of the local school's hostel and auditorium.


Mr.Badri Man Shrestha , chairman of the school management committee, receiving the cheque


Mr. Suman Pandey receiving the gratitude plaque

Fleche July 16, 2008 -Tourist Visa Rules in Nepal ( Effective from 16 July 2008 )
According to a notification posted by the Nepal Tourism Board on 15th July, the new tourist visa rules will be effective from 16th July 2008. All tourists who visit Nepal must hold valid passport and visa.
Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following immigration offices in Nepal:

  • Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa


Visa Facility

Duration

Fee

Multiple entry

15 days

US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

30 days

US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry

90 days

US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Tourist Visa Extension

  • Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
  • Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).

Gratis (Free) Visa

  • Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
  • Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

Transit Visa
Transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal's immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, by paying US $ 5 or equivalent convertible currency. For further information,  Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, Tel:00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453 , web site: www.immi.gov.np  can be contacted.

Fleche July 16, 2008: "Tourist Visa Rules in Nepal ( Effective from 16 July 2008 ) According to a notification posted by the Nepal Tourism Board on 15th July, the new tourist visa rules will be effective from 16th July 2008. All tourists who visit Nepal must hold valid passport and visa. (More...)

Fleche July 14, 2008 - Upcoming Fest - Full Moon Festival at Gosainkunda (16th August)
The full moon festival falls on 16th August this year. As usual, Hindu pilgrims and shamans (Jhankris & Dhamis) from all over Nepal, will flock to the holy lake of Gosainkunda, the former for a purifying dip in the lake'ssacred water of the lake and the latter to initiate the novices into their fold. The shamans sing and dance the whole night. According to Hindu legend Lord Shiva, a powerful hindu diety, created this lake by piercing the glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed the Kalkut poison that threatened to destroy the world. The large rock in the center of the lake is said to be the remains of a Shiva shrine. It is also said that an underground channel carries the water from the lake to a tank at the Kumbeshwor Temple in Patan. So those who can't make it to Gosainkunda, take a dip on the temple's tank .The Brahmins change their sacred thread (janai) on this day. (Check Langtang/Helambu Trek).

Fleche July 13, 2008: "TAAN & NATTA Delegates meet Secretary (MOCTCA) Tibet has been opened to foreign visitors since June 25, but the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has yet to issue any visa to foreign visitors. (More...)

Fleche July 14, 2008: "Upcoming Fest - Full Moon Festival at Gosainkunda (16th August)) The full moon festival falls on 16th August this year. As usual, Hindu pilgrims and shamans (Jhankris & Dhamis) from all over Nepal, will flock to the holy lake of Gosainkunda, the former for a purifying dip in the lake'ssacred water of the lake and the (More...)

Fleche July 06, 2008 - Dolpa Festival from September 8th – 12th, 2008
With the objective of promoting Dolpa as a tourist destination in Mid-Western Nepal, Dolpa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) is organizing a five-day long Dolpa Festival from September 8th-12th in Dunai.
The festival will showcase the cultural heritage of the ethnic communities who reside in this remote corner of Nepal. Exhibitions of local products and cuisine, native sports and cultural performances by popular artistes will be the major highlight of the fest. Likewise, trekking to different parts of the district, rafting in Bhairavi River, Tripura Marathon, photo and book exhibition on Dolpa, and documentary show are the other attractions of the festival. More than 25 stalls will showcase handicraft items, rare herbs and other local products of the district. Yeti Airlines is adding extra flights to Dolpa from Nepalgunj during the festival. (more...)

Fleche July 04, 2008 -Nepal Government Revises Trekking Permit Fee in Controlled Areas & Tourist Visa fees –  Effective from 16th July'08
The Govt. of Nepal has revised trekking permit fees for the controlled areas, in a bid to attract more trekkers to these areas. The notice was published in Nepal Gazette (Volume 58 No 10) which states that the revised permit fee will come into effect from 16th July , 2008.

As per the new provision, a trekker in Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo will now have to pay US$ 500 or equivalent foreign currency per person for first 10 days. For trip extensions, the extra fee per extra day fee per person has been fixed at US$ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. The fee for trekking in Manaslu region has been fixed at US $ 70(per person) for a week and US $ 10 per person for each extra day during September to November. However, only US $ 50 is charged per trekker per week from December to August and additional US $ 7 per trekker per each extra day. Similarly, permit fee for Humla (Simikot-Yari) has been fixed at US $ 50 per person per week and US $ 7 per person per extra day.

Permit fee for Kanchanjunga, Lower Dolpa and Gaurishankar and Lamabagar has been fixed at US $ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US $ 35 per person for eight days during September to November and US $ 25 per person for eight days during December to August.

The government has also revised existing tourist visa fee to be effective from 16th July, 2008. As per the new fee structure, US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.

The government has also revised the fee required for extended stay in the country and visa renewal. According to the revised fee structure, Tourist Visa can be extended by paying US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day. Likewise, Multiple Entry facility can be obtained only for the extension period by paying an additional US $ 20 and visa fee for the extended period. Similarly, tourists can renew their visa by paying Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 3 on the regular visa extension fee.

Fleche July 02, 2008: "Expedition Peaks in Tibet To Reopen We have received news that the Chinese authorities would reopen the Tibetan peaks for commercial expeditions from Autumn.




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