Mr. Malcolm James Smith and Ms. Helen Grace Smith recently traveled from Beijing, China to all the way to Kathmandu, Nepal on their 18 days tour package. The tour was organized by the Explore Himalaya. Smith couple took an opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China. They had the life time experience of river cruise on Yangtze River. The tour included the visit to Shanghai Museum. The last four days of the tour included the sightseeing around the ancient city of Kathmandu. The couple were guided to the largest Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath, popular Hindu shrine Pashupatinath, UNESCO World heritage site Changunarayan temple and the Durbar squares of the three cities within the Kathmandu Valley; Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The couple flew to Xian from Beijing on the fourth day of the trip. They traveled to Shanghai on a three days cruise over Yangtze River from Chengdu on the ninth day to eleventh day of their tour. On the fourteenth day they flew back to Shanghai from Chengdu and on the fifteenth day they flew to Kathmandu from Chengdu.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Temple of Pashupatinath, Kathmandu.
Nepal is a burgeoning republic nestled in the heart of the Himalaya whose name evokes images of soaring snow-capped peaks, fast flowing rivers, and of course, the iconic Mt. Everest.
Nepal has so much to offer historically and culturally as well.
According to the Tourist Arrival data issued by the Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), NTY 2011 has had a flying start. Figures show that visitor arrivals in the month of January 2011 have increased by 26.2% to 32914, as compared to the same month last year.All regions have shown positive growth in the first month of 2011. India which constitutes the major market of Nepal, has recorded positive growth of 35.5%. Arrivals from China have also increased significantly by 79.6%. An overall positive growth of 14.6% has been observed from the European markets with arrivals from major generating markets such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia up by 7.5%, 35.3%, 48.9% and 40.3% respectively.Tourist arrivals from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA have also registered robust growth of 23.8%, 59.7%, 9.8% and 27.6% respectively
As Nepal has been receiving a good number of visitors from China and India, the country is planning to waive off visa fees for Chinese tourists for the year 2011. The government hopes this will help them achieve NTY 2011’s target of bringing in 1 million tourists to Nepal.
At the 18th National Convention of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) held in Kathmandu, Minister of Tourism and Civil AviationMr. Sharat Singh Bhandari stated that efforts were on to offer free visa entry facility to the Chinese tourists.
According to Shanghai Daily, Nepali food served at Nepal Pavilion at the ongoing World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, is proving to be a big hit among visitors.The report says that a Nepali meal set consisting of steamed rice with dried grapes, fried chicken, Aachar and a serving of vegetable curry is the most popular dish. The report quotes Bishan Shah, the pavilion’s F&B Manager, who says that that the set priced at 40 yuan (US$5.90), sells almost 500 sets everyday and on weekends around 800 sets.
Following 13 year old Jordon Romero’s ascent to Mount Everest from Tibet side, Chinese officials have decided to impose age limits for mountaineers wishing to scale peaks in Tibet from the next climbing season. Though Chinese officials have not made public the age limit , but according to sources, restrictions may apply to climbers below 18 and above 60 years of age. Currently China has no age restrictions for climbers.