To facilitate overland travel to Pokhara for the increasing number of tourists visiting Nepal , tourism entrepeurs are busy putting more tourist buses on the road. Prior to Nepal Tourism Year 2011, some transport companies are planning to start a direct shuttle service from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some of these luxury coaches will have facilities of changing and smoking rooms.
Today, ie May 13th, marks the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Dhaulagiri(8167m). It was on 13th May 1960 that a joint team of Swiss and Austrian mountaineers reached the summit of Mt.Dhaulagiri.
For the Golden Jubilee celebration , Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is organizing various programmes in Pokhara on May 13th and Beni and Baglung on May 14th. The organizers will be felicitating Austrian climber Kurt Diemberger(78 years), the only surviving member among the summitters. Incidentally Diemberger is also the only living climber to have made first ascents on two 8,000 meters peaks (Dhaulagiri & Broad Peak).
Kurt Diemberger- The only surviving member of the 1960 Swiss-Austrian team that made the first ascent to Dhaulagiri(8167m).
Nepal is planning to air connect Pokhara with Indian cities to attract more visitors. Plans are underway to start linking Lucknow with Pokhara from the first week of March. Buddha Air is planning the first international flight from Pokhara, the second most popular destination in the country after Kathmandu Valley.
Under its upcoming ‘Nepal Tourism Year 2011‘ project, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has envisioned promotion of Pokhara, a picturesque city 200 km west of Kathmandu, as a hot destination for tourism in adventure, pilgrimage and air-sports.
Pokhara is the ultimate destination for aerial adventures hosting Paragliding, Ultra-light aircraft, and future possibility of Skydiving. Pokhara has great potential to become an adventure tourism hotspot, as major trekking routes including Annapurna Circuit and Muktinath start from here. Besides Seti and Kali Gandaki rivers are popular for rafting and kayaking.
Hotspots in Pokhara such as lakeside, caves, Devi’s Fall, International Mountain Museum, and World Peace Pagoda also are also popular among travelers. Every year, Pokhara attracts over 1,25,000 tourists with maximum arrivals from the UK, Japan, China and India.
Our popular adventures in Pokhara & beyond include –