After the agonizing pain every sectors of Nepal suffered because of devastating 7.9 magnitude quake last year, the country was gradually getting back to normalcy. However, the declaration of constitution in the middle of 2015 triggered Terai agitation and the blockade resulting the scarcity of essential goods. Despite all these adverse consequences, the tourism sector of Nepal begins to witness a series of positive incidents that really tend to drive the the travelers across the world to Nepal, which is an undoubted capital for outdoor adventure.
Here are ten latest News of Nepalese Tourism that show the sign of boosted Tourism industry in Nepal in the nearest future.
Royal Visit to Nepal – The visit of British Prince Harry to Nepal during late March is almost confirmed. The British Royal will land Nepal on 20th March and will visit the quake affected regions during his two days stay in the country. The visit of Prince Harry is believed to breathe life into the tourism industry of Nepal.
Better Air Services – For the construction of a new airport in Pokhara, China agrees to provide a loan of US$ 210m. Moreover, for the construction of SAARC International Regional Airport at Lumbini, China agrees to contribute additional support. The expanded airports assures to better air services in the country subsequently supporting the tourism sector.
Animal friendly wildlife activity – Tiger Tops collaborates with the popular elephant welfare expert from Elephant Aid International, Carol Buckley. The collaboration has designed innovative ways for travelers to allow experience better time with these giant creatures, which would be more fascinating and friendlier.
Rebuilding Heritage Site – The Shikara Style temple of Machhindranath at Bungmati, which was grounded during the devastating quake of April 25 2015, will be rebuilt by the Sri Lankan Government. Local officials at Bungmati said, “Local artists will be deployed for its reconstruction and the work shall start after the beginning of Nepalese New Year 2073.
Joss Stone Live in Kathmandu – The Grammy Winner and the singer known for soul-touching powerful voice, Joss Stone will perform in Kathmandu on February 18. As a part of total world tour, the singer having songs like “You Had Me” & “Fell in Love with Boy” in her bag will set the stage at Hyatt Regency on fire. Tickets for the show that cost NRS 4990, are available at MOKSH(Pulchowk),House of Music(Thamel), Jazz Upstairs (Lazimpat), Hyatt Regency (Bouddha) and the Sound Factory (Bhanimandap).
City of lakes gets recognition – The cluster of nine lakes in Pokhara are declared as Ramsar Sites by the Governement of Nepal during the occasion of World Wetland Day on February 2nd 2016. Now onwards these lakes are subjects to be protected by the GoN while, safeguarding the livelihoods of locals depending on these lakes shall also be GoN’s responsibility. While handing over the certificates, Advisor of Wetland Scretariat of Asia Pacific Region, Mr. Lew Young said, “Now the lakes would get even more value. World would be concerned about them,”. Nine lakes that have now received international recognition as wetland sites are Fewa, Rupa, Begnas, Kamalpokhari, Khaste, Gunde, Neureni, Dipang and Maidi.
Air safety assured – Yeti Airlines & Tara Air, both Kathmandu based Airline Companies have successfully achieved the International Air Transport Association (IATA)’s ISSA (IATA Standard Safety Assessment) Programme standard. IFC International conducted the basic safety audit programme of these Airline Companies in which the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal was an observer.
Quake epicenter on the way back to normalcy – Magsaysay Award Winner Mahabir Pun yet again does a miracle of installing internet facilities in Barpak in Gorkha District. The village was the epicenter of devastating quake of April 2015. The logistic support required for the installation was offered by Internet Society, an international organization.
Teaching Adventure – Achieving all necessary permits from the Governement of Nepal, the first paragliding school has been opened in Syangja district. The school shall be operated by Babu Adventures, which has been conducting commericial paragliding flights in Sorek VDC of Syangja for a long time. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) will directly monitor & supervise the school activities.
Nepal tops Guardian’s list – Nepal has been voted one of the top destinations for “ 10 best Long Haul Adventure Holidays” by the Britis daily, Guardian. Other adventure destinations that are in the list include, Belize, Mongolia, Russia, Indonesia, Jordan, Greenland, Venezuela, U.S.A. and Brazil.
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1. Despite undergoing cancer treatment, the former US President Jimmy Carter gets clean chit to travel to Nepal this coming November. 91 year old Carter will volunteer the charitable organization Humanity for Habitat during six-day construction project in Chitwan.
2. 51 year old Austrian Climber died on an expedition to summit Mt. Manaslu 8156m, the eighth highest mountain in the world. He died at Camp IV while returning back to Base Camp after the successful summit.
3. Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki, who lost nine fingers to frostbite during his attempt to summit Everest in 2012 plans to conquer the world’s highest peak once again this week. The only person attempting to reach the top of the Everest this season failed to summit the world’s crown last week.
4. After the devastating quake, Nepalese tourism was gradually starting to get the normal pace with travelers and trekkers across the world thronging to the Himalayan nation. However, after the new constitution was released the undeclared blockade at Indo-Nepal border and the political unrest have somehow made adverse impact in Nepalese Tourism.
5. Nepal could implement new rule to summit Everest from the next season. As per the proposed rules, climbers who have past experience of successfully climbing at least 6500 m plus peaks would be permitted to undertake the Everest Expedition. Climbers above 18 and below 75 would be allowed to scale Everest. Disable climbers would be barred from the Everest Summit.
6. On the auspicious occasion of International Tourism Day, Pokhara, the major tourist town 200km west of Kathmandu organizes Himalayan Air Festival to revive Nepalese Tourism. Colorful and vibrant celebration for two days, the festival catered once- in-lifetime spectacle over the sky above Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs.
7. In the JATA Tourism Expo 2015 held in Tokyo Japan, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) representing the Himalayan Nation was one of 150 participants. The event at Tokyo International Exhibition Centre was held from September 24 to 27.
8. During Expo Milano 2015 in Milan Italy on September 30, the Nepal Day was observed organizing various cultural and promotional ceremonies. Almost seven hundred thousand 700,000 Euros was collected for the quake victims of Nepal during the Event.
9. After the devastating quake in Nepal in April 2015, Lonely Planet is revising its two Nepal travel guides. Nepal (£17.99) and Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya (£14.99) will be revised and reissued until December 2015.
10. Group of International and local Nepalese photographers have put combined efforts to promote destination Nepal via social sites. #MyGHT in Instagram has been a popular trend that manifests images of Nepal after the quake. Photographers for the mission include Tyler Metcalfe, a photographer and producer with National Geographic, renowned international instagrammers Liz Eswein, Jordan Herschel, Hiroaki Fukuda, and two local photographers, Shikhar Bhattarai and Mohan Duwal.
A section of eight hundred miles of Himalayas fall in the Nepalese territory. The northern Nepal is a wide wall of soaring Himalayas. The major portion of the Himalayas in Nepal stand high bordering to China. Nepal shares the highest number of 8000ers. Eight out of 14 8000ers lie in the Himalayas of Nepal including the world’s highest peak Everest. More than ninety 7000ers and 1365 6000ers lie in the Himalayan region of Nepal. Himalayas of Nepal are considered as trekkers paradise. Soft adventurous treks for panoramic mountain views, moderate treks to the Base Camp of Himalayan giants, and challenges of scaling peaks of different elevation from 5000m to Everest 8848m are prime attractions associated with the Himalayas in Nepal.
Lumbini is a different world of eternal tranquility and comfort. Lumbini, a place where Gautama Buddha was born offers comfort to your brain and revitalizes your soul. The sacred Puskarani Pond where queen Mayadevi bathed before she gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama and Gautama took his first dip, Ashoka Pillar the memorial monument built by Muryan King Ashoka, Mayadevi Garden, and the ruins of ancient Lumbini have significant archaeological values in Lumbini. The newly constructed monasteries by several governments in the monastic zone of Lumbini are also the prime highlights of Lumbini.
Streets, jam-packed with Kathamanduians and honking vehicles, the aura of spicy Newari cuisines in the streets, verdant hills surrounding the valley, devotees thronging to the scattered monasteries and temples, historical courtyards and busiest metro life of Nepal- Kathmandu is the colorful cosmopolitan city where modernity fantastically blends with the cultural practices of ancient times. The home of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu is the largest city of shrines and city of gods. Hinduism, Buddhism and the traditional Newari culture are equally lived out in Kathmandu.
Hindered by 100 problems, yet expressing a beautiful smile- Nepalese are probably the most wonderful people in the world. It is their nature to simply live a life happily despite of several problems. Nepalese considered the guests as Gods and express the selfless hospitality towards them. Despite of huge cultural contrast in people ethnically and regionally, Nepal is an exemplary nation of unity in diversity. Kindness, bravery, honesty and helpfulness are the attributes attached with Nepalese. Nepal is one of the safest places to travel alone simply because of good hearted Nepalese.
From the elevation of 70m at Kachan Kalan in the lower Terai region to the Everest’s peak 8848m in the northern border, every bit of Nepal is blessed with nature. The wide plains in the lower Terai, dense woods in the small hills of Chure, breathtaking valleys surrounded by the lofty green hills, rushing rivers through the world’s deepest gorges, wide mountain deserts on the way to Himalayas, cobalt blue glacial lakes, soaring Himalayan peaks arranged like perfect set of teeth in the northern border are all enchanting landscapes in Nepal. Besides, the views of Himalayas glittering during the sunrise and sunsets from the popular hill-stations like Nagarkot, Poonhill, Sarangkot, Daman are even more mesmerizing. Moreover, the city of Natural Wonders, Pokhara is undoubtedly, the most admired city by millions of travelers to Nepal.
The weather of Nepal is ideal. December, January and February are extremely cold in the Himalayas. However, the Hilly and Terai regions have warm sunlight during the days despite of cold mornings and nights. March and April and most of the times in May have the best weather in Nepal. It is neither cold nor hot. The sunlight is warm throughout the day. Skies are clear. June and July are the rainy days in Nepal. Before the beginning of winter during September, October and November we have pleasant days with warm sunlight and paramount evenings and mornings in Nepal.
Nepal houses more than 6000 rivers and rivulets flowing through the deep canyons of Himalayas to the wide plains of Terais. Rivers in Nepal have immense religious values. During the Hindu funerals the corpses are burnt to ashes at the River banks. Funeral rituals ongoing in the bank of Bagmati River at Aryaghat can be easily observed in Kathmandu itself. Besides, rivers in Nepal offer the thrilling water adventures. White water rafting, kayaking and canoeing in the Rivers like, Trishuli, Marsangdi, Kali, Seti, Bhote Koshi, Karnali and many more are the best opted in the world to experience the rapids of Himalayan Rivers.
Home of 14 wildlife parks and conservation areas, Nepal is a must travel destination for wildlife lovers. Beyond doubt Nepal is a hub for wildlife adventures. The wildlife safaris in Nepal are hosted in the lush vegetation of lowland Terai which are the paradises for the rare species like Bengal Tiger and one-horned Rhino, migratory birds and the enormous reptiles including the rare Ghariyal [a rare species of crocodile]. Wildlife Safari in Nepal includes the thrilling ride on the back of giant Asian Elephant and bird watching sessions during these safaris are equally pleasant experience. Jungle drive to the deep woods along the mishmash roads is no way less exciting. Nature walks in the wilds take you even closer to the nature and canoe ride in the Jungle Rivers offer you with the opportunities to witness the aquatic wildlife. Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park are UNESCO enlisted World Heritage Sites for conserving wildlife.
Skies in Nepal are full of activities. The electrifying sky adventures adorn the Nepalese skies most of the times of the year. The elite adventure over the top of the world Everest- Everest Skydiving, the ultra light flights towards the walls of towering peaks, extraordinary paragliding, spine-tingling bungee jumps, hair raising zip-lining and luxurious helicopter tours to the lap of 8000ers are all happening sky adventures in Nepal.
10. Jatras (festivals)
It is believed that every day a festival of some kind is celebrated at least in one territory of Nepal. Nepal, a culturally and ethnically diverse nation is always in the festive mood. Besides, the cultural festivals like Indra-jatra, Ghode-jatra, Gai-jatra, Holi, Lhosar, Mani Rimdu, Tiji, Tihar, Shiv Ratri, ropai-jatra, Dashain, Teej etc. Nepal also celebrates the regional festivals like Pokhara Street Festival, Far Western Festival, Lali Guras Festival in Dhampus, Hetauda Mahotsav and so on throughout the year. A tour in Nepal especially during the springs and autumns will offer the travelers an opportunity to celebrate at least an interesting festival.
Bonus reason why Nepal is an ideal holiday location?
Food, in Nepal is the delicious blend of Indian and Chinese food. The authentic Nepali cuisines are rather more scrumptious. The cuisines of all over the world are available in the cities as well as during the the treks to the highlands.
Given the importance of tourism industry to Nepal’s economy, a High Level Committee, coordinated by Lilamani Paudel, Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, in its report has recognized tourism as a national priority industry. The committee has urged the government to provide special facilities to the tourism industry, which includes exempting the income tax, providing facility of lands in lease as given to forest resources industries, providing soft loans for running hotels and resorts in the 22 districts that were declared by Industry Act-2049 BS as underdeveloped ones, simplifying the registration process for Homestay and providing services and facilities for homestays as under micro industries. In order to bring to an end the migration of able manpower from the country to foreign shores, the committee has also stressed on linking the Youth Self-employment programme with tourism. The report stressed that the government should exempt royalty on those mountains that are visited by fewer tourists like Mt. Cho Oyu and should allow helicopters to make rescue and evacuation flights without any obstruction. The committee has urged the government to provide special honors and cash awards to the travel and trekking entrepreneurs that bring more than 500 foreign tourists.
We were very pleased with the trip, primarily because the guide was very friendly and helpful. He handled the logistics quite well. He was also very knowledgeable about the area and the culture.