There are always flowers for those who want to see them – Henri Matisse
Nature and Adventure
Be it to feel the heat of the deserts in the Middle East on the hottest day or be it to sleep in the snowy Himalayas in the coldest night. Whether it is the hunger to satisfy the adrenaline pump while jumping off the flying helicopter from 30000 feet elevation or the level of fun involved while surfing through the strongest torrents of the ocean- adventures are always somehow associated with the nature.
The most beautiful gift the nature gives to every life is the life itself. Most of the times nature blesses the humankind and very rarely it strikes so hard that the entire world gets terrified and mourns on single tragedy triggered by nature. Nobody is accused or no power can fight against the natural disaster because the simple thing we all know is nature is omnipotent and always beyond human control. Nepal Earthquake 2015 is the latest example of the devastation caused by nature’s omnipotence.
The Fear Factor
Our point is, is it a good decision to avoid traveling to the country recently and badly struck by the nature. If the global travelers had done so, the countries in South East Asia including Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia would never have emerged so powerfully after the deadliest Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. Nepal paid back heavily for housing world’s most beautiful landscapes i.e. Himalayas and the country pays in this manner every century. The threat of the deadly quake for this century is likely to be over and now the country has united to rebuild Nepal more powerful and prosperous than ever. The news regarding the safety issues in Nepal throughout global media is understandable.
Why would any government or media house suggest their people to travel to the country recently struck by 7.9 magnitude earthquake? The simple answer is “FEAR FACTOR”.
Countering the Fear Factor
Earthquakes, cyclones, Tsunamis and blizzards; these are the biggest natural disasters that have killed natives and travelers across the world frequently. Being at place during the time nature strikes is something we never know and is something beyond our control.
Nevertheless, few months after the devastation caused by the nature, the history tells that the causality of the people because of similar kind of disaster in the same place is negligible. Thousands died in South East Asia during that particular moment when Tsunami struck the region but did anyone die because of Tsunami in the same region after the tides of the Indian Ocean settled. No, the point is the earthquake in Nepal is now almost settled and regarding the tourism activity in Nepal, most of the safe regions are declared open for touristic activities. Moreover, the hotels where majority of travelers are accommodated are declared safe except few exceptions. Roadways are in perfect conditions to transfer travelers from one town to next and the adventurous activities in the Sky, mountains and the Liquid Highways of Nepal are once again heated to cater you extraordinary holidays in Nepal.
Once again adventure in the nature
All our effort we are trying to put is to encourage travelers to travel to Nepal. What we are trying to convey is people living in the isolated Himalayan regions of Annapurna, Everest, Dolpo, Kanchenjunga and Mustang among others feel safe because everyone know the catastrophic disaster that a nature could do is now a two-month old story.
Nepalese have moved on and despite the recent pain they have suffered, they have begun to celebrate the regular festivals that fall into their calendars. The Wildlife Safaris in the protected parks of lowland Nepal were not at all affected during the quake 2015 and the Pokhara Factor where numerous adventurous activities including Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Zip-Flying and Skydiving among other take place is safe for the travelers. The Rivers of Nepal catering extreme thrills are ready to offer adrenaline hungry travelers for the hair-raising water adventures and the walking fun to the Base Camps of Himalayan giants are still the greatest highlights of Nepalese Tourism assuring safe conditions.
The humble Request
While natural disasters capture headlines and national attention short-term, the work of recovery and rebuilding is long-term – Sylvia Mathews Burwell
To all those passionate travelers we urge you to travel to Nepal this autumn because there is no other better time than this to travel to Nepal. Helping to boost country’s economy in the country like Nepal, where tourism plays vital role for the livelihood of millions is unarguably the holiday travelers could enjoy as it caters opportunities for the people willing to thrive after the devastating quake. We request you to include a holiday in Nepal anytime soon into your bucketlist because your visit to Nepal plays integral role in recovery and rebuilding process of the country.
After the powerful quake that struck Nepal, travelers across the globe are in dilemma whether to travel to Nepal or not. Justifying Nepal as a safe destination to travel has now been an old story because safety in Nepal now needs no justification. A couple of months after the quake, Nepal has begun to become normal and despite the biggest tragedy Nepalese are determined to build the country more prosperous and powerful than ever.
Here we have made an attempt to float the interesting highlights of Nepal, which could be an interesting article for the travelers to know a bit more about the country before they plan to travel to Nepal.
Occupying 0.1% of planet’s total area, Nepal the landlocked country tucked between India and China houses one of the richest genetic biodiveristies of the world. Nepal enjoys almost ninety percentage of world’s climatic conditions.
Nepal is the home to 102 ethnical tribes and 123 languages are spoken throughout the country.
The only country in the world, where mortals mingle with Living Gods and Goddess is Nepal. Kathmandu the Living Museum in the world was the center of civilization before the countries like Australia and America were discovered.
There are more festivals in Nepal than the number of days in the year. The celebration might relate to please the Rain God or worshiping sacred animal like cow.
Housing seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kathmandu Valley, is the densest concentration of temples, stupas and Durbar Squares. People believe there are more temples and shrines in Kathmandu Valley than the number of houses and there are more idols and sculptures of gods and goddess than the number of people dwelling in Kathmandu.
Asan, the old market of Kathmandu Valley is one of the paradises for photographers for street photography. The traditional culture amidst the crowded market place can be well observed here.
Nepal is the melting point Buddhism and Hinduism. Nepal is one of the countries, where the highest numbers of butter lamps are lighted. Buddhist and Hindus light them everyday praying for the prosperity and good health. Every morning and evening the thousands of religious shrines in Nepal illuminate because of the butter lamps lighted by the devotees.
Despite all the hardships Nepalese are known for their bravery, kindness and resilience. The country that has never been colonized, Nepal is also the home to one of the happiest people on earth.
Buddhism is probably more a way of life than a religion throughout the world, but Nepal is the land where devotion is the way of living life. Kathmandu being the home to largest Buddhist landmarks caters the views of such devotions in larger scales.
One of the few countries in the world, where cremating rituals has grabbed the attention of the tourists and Nepal is one of them. Aryaghat in Pashupatinath, the biggest Hindu Shrine in Nepal is the most popular destination to sight the Hindu Cremation process.
Most important landmarks
The Himalayan factor- Nepal not is the home to Everest, the world’s summit. It is also the home to eight 8000ers and hundreds of other elevated Himalayan peaks.
Being the birthplace of Gautama Buddha Nepal is the most sacred land for Buddhist. Moreover, being the maternal home to Sita, Nepal is equally sacred land for the Hindus living across the world.
Pokhara Factor- From the famous tourist town, Pokhara which lies 200km west of Kathmandu at 800m, the elevation rises so rapidly that within 30km radius from Pokhara the altitude goes beyond 8000m. It is probably the most dramatic physiographic change in the world.
Glacial Lakes- Including the highest altitude Tilicho Lake 4919m, Nepal is the home to hundreds of glacial lakes, which are truly fascinating to behold. They are also the feeders to most of the rivers and rivulets that run through the entire Indian sub-continent.
Once again the altitude factor- Nepal grows rice in the highest altitude. Chhumjul 3050m in Jumla is the highest altitude rice growing place on earth.
Flora and fauna
With 14 protected areas including National Parks, Conservation Area Projects and Hunting Reserve Nepal houses the wide biodiversity of floral and faunal species. Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park are UNESCO World Heritage Site of Natural Category.
The wilds of Nepal are the ideal home to large concentration of Royal Bengal Tiger, One-horned Rhinos, Snow Leopard, Swamp deer, wild honeybees, red panda and Long Snouted Gariyal crocodile among others.
Nepal boasts on 5490 species of flowering plants. Edelweiss, Austria’s national flower, which is on the verge to extinct there, is found easily in Langtang National park of Nepal. Moreover, 2% of species of orchids, 6% of species of rhododendron, 250 endemic species of flowering plants, tallest grasslands and finest woods of Shorea robusta is found in Nepal.
Nepal is the ideal destination to sight different species of butterflies. Over 650 species of butterflies are found in Nepal, which is almost 4.2% of total species of butterflies found in the world.
Nepal is an ideal destination for bird-watching tours. 864 species of birds have been sighted in Nepal.
Nepal is the hub of Aerial Adventure. Including Everest Skydive and Pokhara Skydive, Nepal also caters aerial adventures like Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Mountain Flights, Ultra-light Flights and Zip Flying.
With more than 6000 rivers and rivulets, Nepal also caters the thrill on the liquid highway. Adventures like rafting, kayaking and canoeing are popular water adventures in Nepal.
800 miles of Himalaya lie in the Nepalese territory. Trekking, Peak Climbing and Mountaineering are the most popular touristic activity Nepal is known for.
Lesley Magill, writer and photographer of the article
Seven years ago I traveled to the most foreign country I have ever visited. I was a stranger to it with no idea what to expect or how it would make me feel. I confess that on arrival at the chaotic airport and during the frenzied drive to the hotel, I wondered if I had made a mistake. I stayed for only three weeks yet seven years on I still feel a tug in my heart and sense of longing whenever I think of it. That foreign place made its way into my heart. That place is Nepal.
To hear of the devastating earthquakes, with implications that will last for years to come, was to worry and to grieve for those who have lost all, for those who must struggle on, and for those who must pull together to rebuild the unique nation. But rebuild it they will.
You don’t need to look far to see the resilience in the Nepalese people. Numerous live in remote villages accessible only by walking trails as narrow, rocky and steep as goat’s tracks. To get anything and everything to their villages it must be carried.
Sometimes a sturdy-footed animal can make the trip, other times a human has to carry the load. Seeing a stooped-over man carrying a solid wood dining table on his back up an endlessly steep, rocky, winding track for hours on end is a sight to behold, and one of many similar sights on any given day.
The Nepalese are hardworking and they have an honesty, generosity, happiness and simplicity (in the kindest of respects) that stays with you.
Whether working in a shop in the heart of the bustling city, guiding me safely along my trek, welcoming me into their homes or accommodating me in tea-houses in the highest passes of the Himalayas, the people made me feel very welcome and never failed to bring a smile to my face.
Visiting Nepal is about much more than ticking off the tourist attractions – simply being there is an experience in itself.
From the sites of the majestic mountains and crystal clear lakes to the chaotic sounds of the city, to the ancient history, deep-felt culture, wonderful people and more, Nepal is one of those unique destinations that can offer travellers a trip of a lifetime.
In a country that depends heavily on tourism, one of the simplest ways to help get them back on their feet is to let your feet do the walking.
Travel Nepal after the earthquake so that you bring new money into a country that needs it. You give people the chance to go back to work. You give businesses the chance to rebuild. You give a country the chance to show that its doors are open and that it will rise again.
Of course, be sure to do your research before travelling and book through a reputable agency that has a good handle on the most up to date information and advice. While there are damaged areas that should be avoided, many places including some of the main tourist attractions and regions remain intact, safe and as beautiful as before.
The powerful earthquake hits Nepal claiming thousands lives and billions worth properties. The hub of Himalayan Tourism suddenly goes into the emergency state and begins to mourn. The entire world prays for Nepal and help to relieve the quake victims lands Nepal from all over the world.
At the moment every sector including the tourism industry of Nepal are planning recovery strategies to rise again.
Nepalese have begun to accept this biggest tragedy as an opportunity to build a prosperous and stable “New Nepal”.
The nearest future
Next three months might not be the right time to visit Nepal, we do not deny on it. The quake has recently shaken the earth and the monsoon begins right away. Few more natural calamities could take place. What after the monsoon is over?
The new beginning
The beautiful clear sky, wonderful temperature and the lush vegetation- the real time when Nepal wins the toughest battle against the nature- the autumn 2015 begins. This is the high time when the travelers from across the globe intend to visit Nepal.
This year travelers might think that things have changed. Yes, we agree, “Things have changed in Nepal ”. So why not travel to Nepal during Autumn 2015 to see the change.
Here we have the listed eight reasons, why you should travel Nepal during Autumn 2015. Have a look.
1. People for People
It has been always this way. When people in some part of the world are in crisis, the people from other parts have played roles to support the humans under crisis. The simple logic is, this time people of Nepal need you. Thousands of households in Nepal run because of Tourism industry. Almost 1 million Nepalese are directly into tourism and several millions are benefited indirectly because of the foreign travelers visit Nepal.
So when the people of Nepal are under the pressure to rebuild the country devastated by the quake your visit to Nepal could play an important role to support country’s economy and the lives of individuals who are directly involved in guiding you across the country.
2. Disaster Tourism
7.9 magnitude quake does the significant damage. Visiting Nepal during Autumn 2015 is an opportunity to explore the damages done by the quake. We call it an opportunity because the damage of this scale happens not often. So visit Nepal during Autumn 2015 and explore the damages done by the quake before everything is cleared and rebuilt again.
Nepalese are known for bravery and kindness. The interesting factor to Visit Nepal during Autumn 2015 could be to observe the attributes of Nepalese under huge pressure. Will they remain same or change their way of living?
If Nepalese change, will the change be positive or negative? Visit Nepal and witness by yourself.
Nepal is the sole destination on earth catering extremely diverse landscapes, culture, flora, fauna, wildlife and adventurous activities. Some of the landmarks of central Nepal have been affected and have been temporarily restricted for visitors, which include Langtang and Manaslu Region Treks. However, the destinations in other parts of Nepal remain unharmed during the quake.
Trekking in Annapurna, Everest, Dolpo and Kanchenjunga Regions among others are as safe as they were before the quake. Similarly, the touristic and adventurous hub like Pokhara, wildlife hubs like Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park and the birthplace of Gautama Buddha are safe destinations to travel around Nepal.
Nepal needs massive number of helping hands to rebuild the monuments and rehabilitate millions Nepalese. And, you could be one of those. Visit Nepal during Autumn 2015 and volunteer your expertise in the quake affected villages of Nepal to support various sectors of Nepal. It could be teaching in schools, lending helping hands to support the health of natives in isolated highland villages or your expertise in building houses for the homeless could be the kinds of support we need now.
In whatever way you volunteer in Nepal, you will be the part of rebuilding the country devastatingly hit the quake.
6. Extra services
Travelers do not prefer to visit the country recently hit by the quake. Though these sorts of perceptions doesn’t make difference in adventure tourism, we respect the way international governments and the families of travelers concern about the safety of their citizens or their loved ones. It is understandable. However, we have our point to cater extra services to all the travelers who visit Nepal coming autumn and we promise to stand by it. We will make your trip in Nepal the trip of lifetime.
7. Safety Guaranteed
The safety of our valued clients always has been the prime priority.
After the quake concern bodies of Government of Nepal has assessed the conditions of hotels in Kathmandu and other parts of the country and hence we will be accommodating you in the hotels or teahouses labeled absolutely safe to stay by the Government of Nepal. Various sectors of tourism industry have assessed the roads and airports we are most likely to use while operating your holidays in Nepal and they are safe. We will also accompany you with the best and experienced guides in the mountains who know the best for your safety. We will be updated with your status frequently through our guides so that we could plan urgent action to rescue you if necessary.
8. Witnessing the rise of mighty
Mighty rises from the rubbles. After the quake 2015 Nepal begins experience positive signs.
The longing political instability seems to be ceased and soon the Himalayan nation seems to get the constitution as the major parties come under an agreement. Secondly, the youths of Nepal begin to unite via social sites and act as necessarily in the rebuilding process, which is so inspiring. Nepal finally seems to be on the way to rise. Traveling Nepal during Autumn 2015 is firsthand chance to witness the rise of mighty Nepal.
The area inside Red Square is affected by the quake
Debris being cleared at the Heritage Site
Nepal suddenly comes under the radar of Global News Channel
The quake triggers avalanches in Everest and Langtang Region
The Rescue Team and Relief Materials arrive Nepal from all over the world
Celebrating Greatest Rescue: Nepalese policemen along with U.S. rescuers pulled out Pemba Tamang, a teenage boy from a building that collapsed five days ago in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)
Explore Himalaya joins the mission to help the victims of Earthquake 2015
The mid-hills settlement of central Nepal change into colorful tented villages
The Aftershocks continue- May 12 shakes Nepal again with 7.3 magnitude quake
The world begins to pray for Nepal
However, Nepal decides to rise again and so does the tourism Industry
The eyes that experienced the nightmares will learn to smile again