49 dead in US-Bangla plane crash at Kathmandu airport

49 dead in US-Bangla plane crash at Kathmandu airport
US-Bangla Airlines plane crashes at Kathmandu airport

US-Bangla Airlines plane crashes at Kathmandu airport

Mar 12, 2018 – Forty-nine people died when a US-Bangla airlines plane crashed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon, Nepal Police said.

There were 71 people including four crew members on board the 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft that took off from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The plane crashed at 2:18 pm local time.

According to Nepal Police Spokesperson DIG Manoj Neupane, 22 injured passengers are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Kathmandu. Twelve passengers have been admitted at Kathmandu Medical College Hospital, Sinamangal, four at Norvic Hospital, Thapathali, three at Grande Hospital, Dhapasi, one at Om Hospital, Chabahil and one at Medicity, Bhainsepati.

US-Bangla Airlines plane crashes at Kathmandu airport

US-Bangla Airlines plane crashes at Kathmandu airport

Nepal Police DIG Manoj Neupane said 31 bodies were pulled out from the crashed plane and nine others were declared dead at different hospitals.

According to TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur, the aircraft with call sign S2-AGU caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near TIA.

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam said that the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway. “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” said Gautam suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing.”

Rescue team of TIA and Nepal Army personnel rushed the accident site following the crash. All flights in and out of TIA were cancelled for about three hours following the mishap.

Source: kathmandupost

Three women mountaineers to scale Mount Everest

Three women mountaineers to scale Mount Everest
Women Climbers

An expedition team of three women climbers – led by Lakpa Yangjee Sherpa, along with Yangdi Sherpa and Pashang Lhamu Sherpa – to climb Mount Everest this spring.

Three women mountaineers are set to scale the world’s highest peak Mount Everest this spring with the aim of promoting tourism and increasing women’s participation in the tourism and mountaineering sector of the country.A press conference organised by Tourism Journalist Association on Friday shared that an expedition team of three women climbers – led by Lakpa Yangjee Sherpa, along with Yangdi Sherpa and Pashang Lhamu Sherpa – is climbing the highest summit with the slogan of ‘Mountaineering for Women’s Self-reliance’.

On the occasion, Lakpa Yangjee said they would start ascending the Everest from April 7 and have targeted to reach the summit on May 18 if the weather conditions are supportive.

Mount Everest Climbing

Mount Everest Climbing

She shared that another important reason behind carrying out this expedition is to provide financial support to Dalit, single, and oppressed women who have returned home from foreign employment, along with attracting them toward tourism sector for income generation that would ultimately make them self-reliant.

Everest Hardware is providing necessary logistic support to the women mountaineering team who is climbing the highest peak through Ascent Himalayan Trek and Expedition Company.

The mountaineers hailing from Solukhumbu have been working in the field of mountaineering and tourism for a considerable amount of time.

Source: Thehimalayantimes

Maha Shivaratri (The Night of Lord Shiva)

Maha Shivaratri (The Night of Lord Shiva)
Happy Maha Shivaratri 2017

Happy Maha Shivaratri 2018

Maha Shivaratri meaning the night of Lord Shiva is one of the major festivals of Nepal and literally means Night of Shiva.

It is believed that on this day, the stars in the Northern Hemisphere are at most optimum positions to help raise a persons spiritual energy.It is also believed that the Shiva principle is most active on this day of the year.

Sadhu smokes in Pashupatinath Temple for Mahashivaratri

Sadhu smokes in Pashupatinath Temple for Mahashivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated marking the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Maha Shivaratri also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the Tandav, the cosmic dance.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees visit Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. Pashupatinath is considered the Guardian and Protector of the Kathmandu Valley and Nepal.

Devotees chant Om Namah Shivay and Mahamritunjaya all night praying for light over darkness. Tourists are seen enjoying the ambiance with curiosity, as colorful and naked sadhus are seen meditating, posing for photographs and interacting with disciples.

Maha Shivaratri at Pashupatinath Temple

Maha Shivaratri at Pashupatinath Temple

Special attendance camps are set in the courtyards of the temples. Children are seen collecting donations from passersby on this day preparing for holy meal and bonfire in celebration of the special night.

Arrangements for Maha Shivaratri at Pashupatinath Temple Maha Shivaratri is known as one of the most celebrated religious festivals for Hindus. Every year Hindus from all over the world are seen thronging many Shiva temples during this festival. Pashupatinath Temple is the place with the biggest crowd on this day.

This year, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) is expecting a crowd of 1.3 million people from across the world. For the successful celebration of the festival, the management unit in Pashupatinath have started cleaning the area. Also, this year more importance has been given for figuring out an easier way to manage crowd so that devotees can carry out their Puja and Darshan faster and more conveniently.

Lord Shiva

Spring is one of the best times to visit Nepal, and Indian tourists enjoy visiting during the most auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri. Special provisions are made to ease Darshan for Indian pilgrims at Pashupatinath during Maha Shivaratri, which falls on Feb 24 this year, according to officials at the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT). The PADT will also make available Pashupati Darshan passes at easy outlets near Pashupati area to facilitate pilgrims from India.

Apart from Puja and Darshan other attractions for visitors to the temple vicinity at the time will be the colorful crowd including gorgeous Sadhu Babas from different parts of Nepal and India. People come to Pashupatinath to observe and see the different kinds of Sadhu Babas and their activities; some Sadhus are covered is ashes while some prefer to be completely naked.

Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) Chairman Mr. Govinda Tandan says, As a huge crowd is expected this year. We are working to manage a fine parking facility and a good place for devotees to sit. Also, as many devotees show eagerness to distribute food to the people present there, we are trying to manage a proper place for the devotees to enjoy their meal.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2017

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2018

As Maha Shivaratri is mainly related with the night, the devotees stay up all night and pray to Lord Shiva. The four Prahars of Puja is carried out all night long, the devotees usually stay in tents along the Gaushala road.

Source: Nepal Tourism Board

CN Pandey Elected NATTA President

CN Pandey Elected NATTA President

CN Pandey elected NATTA president

CN Pandey has been elected to the post of president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travels Agents (NATTA). At the election for the new executive committee held in Kathmandu on Friday, Pandey won by six votes. Pandey bagged 212 votes out of 420, while his rival Dipendra Kumar Sharma got only 206 votes.

Similarly, Achyut Guragain and Sangita Jirel have been elected first vice president and second vice president, respectively, while Ramesh Thapa has been elected general secretary.

NATTA president of CN Pandey

Likewise, Sabita Bhattarai has been elected secretary, Ram Prashad Shrestha treasurer, and Surendra Bhattarai assistant treasurer.

Shudarshan Nepal, Debaki Gurung, Phuri Gyaljen Sherpa, Amrit Kumar Dhakal, Ramesh Poudel, Raju Dhakal, Inu Thapa, Gita Dhakal have been elected members of the executive committee. The committee will have tenure of two years.

NATTA is an umbrella organization of tour and travel agents that was established in 1966 in order to regulate the travel industry of the country.

Source: Myrepublica

India stand atop the list of highest number of tourists visiting Nepal, China follows back

The number of tourists arriving Nepal has increased tremendously. The number of tourists that 2016 saw is witnessed by 2017 in its first ten months.

According to the official figures from the Department of Immigration, a total of 1 Lakh 57 Thousand 4 Hundred and 48 tourists have toured Nepal in first 10 months of 2017.

In 2016 the total number of tourists arriving Nepal stood at 7 Lakhs 53 Thousand and 2 and it is toppled by increment of 4 thousand by the data of 2017.

With the pace of increment it is expected that the number of tourists visiting Nepal this year could reach upto One Million. As per the official records of Nepal in 2012 a total of 8 Lakh 3 Thousand tourists toured Nepal which stands the highest number till date.

Amongst the first 10 months the highest number of tourist arrival was seen in the month of October when 1 Lakh 12 Thousand 4 Hundred and 92 tourists came to Nepal and India remained atop the list throughout the months.

As per the data the number of Indian tourists arriving Nepal stood at 1 Lakh 33 Thousand and 29 which is higher than In comparison to the Chinese by 49 Thousand 6 Hundred and 87. The total number of tourists arriving Nepal on the first ten months of 2017 stands at 83 Thousand 3 Hundred and 42 followed by USA.

A total number of 65 Thousand 2 Hundred and 4 American tourists have had arrived Nepal followed by 41 Thousand 1 Hundred and 26 from Sri Lanka and 40 Thousand 3 Hundred and 44 Britons.

Source: Tourismmail

Visit Nepal Year planned for 2020

Visit Nepal Year planned for 2020
Visit Nepal Year 2020

Visit Nepal Year 2020

As the government has set a target to bring in two million tourists each year by 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has planned to organise ‘Visit Nepal Year’ in 2020 to attract more tourists to the country. Unveiling the action plan of the ministry for the next two months, Tourism Minister Jitendra Narayan Dev said that the ministry will establish a secretariat for the Visit Nepal Year shortly to make necessary preparations.

Earlier, the MoCTCA had planned to celebrate Visit Nepal Year in 2018, which was put off due to the delay in construction of airports, heritage sites and roads. The 60-day action plan unveiled today has given due priority to the early completion of the construction and expansion of the international and domestic airports, heritage sites and other tourism infrastructure. The government has planned to complete the expansion of Tribhuvan International Airport and construction of Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairahawa before the Visit Nepal Year. Likewise, the reconstruction of major heritage sites is expected to be completed before 2020.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

In its 60-day plan, MoCTCA has said that it will frame country-wise tourism promotion strategy and bring it into implementation. Country-wise tourism strategy will help the tourism promotion organisations to carry out promotionalactivities to tap potential outbound travellers of concerned countries. Currently, India, China, United States of America, United Kingdom and Sri Lanka are the major source countries of tourists.

In the context of rising number of outbound travellers in India and China, the country wise tourism promotion strategy will help Nepal to tap the outbound travellers of the neighbouring nations. The country will identify the reasons behind low growth in tourist arrivals and take necessary measures to attract more tourists in the country, according to Minister Dev.

He further said that the air service agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and New Zealand will be finalised soon. The action plan also states that MoCTCA will review the air service agreements with Thailand, Japan, Egypt and China, among others.

The ministry will initiate the process to bring strategic partner for Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) — the national flag carrier — and also take forward NAC’s proposal to purchase two more narrow-body aircraft. The business plan submitted by NAC for the commercial operation of two wide-body aircraft that the corporation is in the process of purchasing and its plans regarding human resources will be finalised in the next two months.

The action plan also incorporates plans to amend the Tourism Act to make it more contextual and also plans to amend Casino Regulation, Travel and Trekking Regulation and Mountaineering Expedition Regulation.

chitwan-national-park

chitwan-national-park

Likewise, to bridge the gap in human resources in the tourism sector, which is expected to boom in the future along with the government and private sector’s initiative to achieve robust growth in this sector, Tourism Minister Dev has envisioned to upgrade Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management to a Tourism University. To establish the Tourism University, the MoCTCA will carry out the necessary groundwork like framing draft law and land acquisition for the university, among others in the next two months.

MoCTCA will also carry out a survey to expand the line agencies of the ministry and the departments to the provincial and local levels. Similarly, it will also frame a master plan for the preservation of tourist sites, as per the action plan unveiled today.

source: The Himalayan Times