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

Pokhara Street Festival set to Welcome New Year 2018

Pokhara Street Festival set to Welcome New Year 2018

Pokhara

Pokhara, 20 December 2017: Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) Pokhara chapter is set to host the 19th edition of Annual Pokhara Street prior to the English New Year 2018. The festival will start from December 28 to January 1, 2018.

The festive spirit will once again come alive when the streets of Lakeside will be decorated with lights, filled with the aroma of delicacy and tuned with the finest musical performance. With the main slogan ‘Eat on the street, Dance on the street, Enjoy on the street’, the festival will draw maximum number of visitors; both Nepali and foreigners.

Pokhara Street Festival

Pokhara Street Festival

According to the festival coordinator, Gopi Bhattarai, the festival will focus on food items, music and various cultural programs. Talking about the expectation from the program, he explained, “We are planning to make this event more successful and grand than previous years. We welcome guests from all over the country and the world to showcase the beautiful scenario of Lakeside. Also, we are working to make sure that the festival will provide fullest entertainment.”

Pokhara Concert FB

Pokhara Concert FB

Hotels and restaurants in Pokhara have started booking their spots for the food stalls. The opening ceremony will take place on the banks of the Fewa Lake.

Street festival in Lakeside has been the center of attraction among the visitors establishing itself as a culture of the city.

Hungry Eye Restaurant Pokhara

Hungry Eye Restaurant Pokhara

There will be multiple stages featuring different cultural dances, live performances of artists and comedians. Famous singers like Nabin K. Bhattarai, Asish Rana and Mantra band will be rocking the stage.

source: Glocal Khabar

Hotel Landmark Pokhara

Hotel Landmark Pokhara

14 Chitwan Elephant Festival 2017

14 Chitwan Elephant Festival 2017
14 Chitwan Elephant Festival

14 Chitwan Elephant Festival 2017

An elephant festival has kicked off in Sauraha of Chitwan with a view to boosting up local tourism.

The festival, aimed at prolonging stay of tourists in the town, is organised coinciding with Christmas and the English New Year, according to Regional Hotel Association, Chitwan, the event organizer.

Landmark Forest Park Chitwan

Landmark Forest Park Chitwan

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Western Nepals tourist destinations Poon Hill and Ghorepani witness high tourist influx

Western Nepals tourist destinations Poon Hill and Ghorepani witness high tourist influx
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill and the Ghorepani lying on the round Annapurna now is flocked with tourists as the place is renowned for sightseeing of the Himalayan ranges and the dawn.

The area which lies at an altitude of 3 Thousand 2 Hundred and 10 meters height is visited by about 5 hundred tourists in a day and the hotels on the entry point of the tourist destination is all packed with the start of the autumn season.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani Tourist Police Beat has recorded a total of 14 thousand 2 hundred and 34 foreign nationals’ entry in the last four months of last fiscal year. Though the data about the Nepali nationals are not recorded the entrepreneurs here also has started to feel the influx of the Nepali tourists in the area.

“The increment pace of the Nepali tourists has increased along with the development in travel culture amongst Nepali,” Teksar Buddhuja, one of the entrepreneur in the area said. Currently a total of 22 hotels are in operation in Ghorepani.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

“With the increasing influx the hotels in the area have started the upgrading and the extension of the service,” Ghorepani Hotel Management Sub-Committee Vice Chairman Sushil Pun said.

Surrounded by Rhododendron forest the Poon Hill- Hill station is renowned for sun rise along with the mesmerizing view of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Manaslu, Gurja, Churen, Neelgiri and other 16 Himalayas.

Source: Tourismmail

                      

Happy Dashain Festival

Happy Dashain Festival
Happy Dashain Festival in Nepal

Happy Dashain Festival in Nepal

The Dashain Festival is also celebrated by Hindus and Nepalese in practically every other part of the planet where they live. In Nepal, Dashain is the longest and most notable festival on the calendar, and many Nepalese expatriates actually return to Nepal specifically to observe Dashain Festival in their homeland.

Fulpati at Dashain Festival Nepal

Fulpati at Dashain Festival Nepal

Dashain runs from the “bright moon” until the full moon in the Hindu month of Ashvin, lasting for 15 days. On the gregorian calendar, it falls in either September or October, varying from year to year due to the differences between a lunar versus a solar based time-keeping system. During Dashain, many Nepalese businesses and public buildings will be closed, so the tourist will need to plan ahead carefully.

Flying Kites

People Kite fly highly decorative kites from their roof tops and elsewhere and shout out “Changa Cheit” whenever kite strings get tangled.

Dashain is celebrated to mark the victory, according to Hindu religious writings, of Ramayan over the evil demon-king, Ravana, and over the demon Mahisasur, who cruelly terrorised the people of India in the form of a raging water buffalo. The Hindu goddess Durga was said to be instrumental in winning these victories, so she is especially worshiped at this time. In general, the holiday season of Dashain is a celebration of “the triumph of good over evil,” though it is tied to specific Hindu stories.

Dashain Festival

Dashain Festival

Dashain Traditions

The people of Nepal celebrate Dashain with great festivity. Some of their traditions associated with the holiday include the following:

  • Kites a flown as Dashain Festival draws near and during the festival. People fly highly decorative kites from their roof tops and elsewhere and shout out “Changa Cheit” whenever kite strings get tangled.
  • Playing card games is common during Dashain. Families get together to play for both money and for fun. While all ages take part in kite-flying, kids usually are out flying their kites while adults play the card games.
  • Homes are cleaned thoroughly and decorated ornately. This is meant to be a gesture to the Hindu “mother goddess” to come down and bless the home with good luck. Distant family members also gather and enjoy reunions in the clean and beautiful houses.
  • Many purchase new clothing and wear it at this time of year. Those who live in dire poverty don their best clothing and may buy clothes at few other times of the year besides Dashain.
  • Temporary swings are constructed out of bamboo and set up for children to play at. Adults even stop to try out the swings, which can be up to 20 feet high. They are disassembled at the end of the festivities.
  • Literally thousands of animal sacrifices are made, including buffalo, rams, and ducks. They are meant to appease Hindu goddesses and are sacrificed at temples all over the country. Many also rise early in the mornings and visit temples to worship various gods.
  • Since Dashain Festival arrives just after the harvest, there is much rice and grain in homes at this time of year. Worshipers use pigmented, red rice, called “tika,” to mark their foreheads. Some also mark them with a white circle instead, however.
Dashain Tika

Dashain Tika

Some things for tourists to look for and take part in if in Nepal for Dashain Festival include these three:

  • Attend numerous small fairs held in Nepalese villages, which often have Ferris wheels and other rides and entertainment. In major cities, like Kathmandu, you can expect to find larger fairs with more options.
  • Listen to Nepalese musical programs held at this time of year. There is “Dashain music” as surely as there is Christmas music, and it is called “Mal Shree Dhun.” In the Terai and Madhesh regions, you will especially find many musical opportunities.
  • Observe Dashain processions through the “three royal cities” of the Kathmandu Valley. The spectacle is very colorful and busily attended. It has a religious bases, for it involves the carrying of numerous statues of Hindu gods.

Source: Publicholidays

Signs that proves Nepali Tourism Industry is reviving

Signs that proves Nepali Tourism Industry is reviving
I AM IN NEPAL NOW

I AM IN NEPAL NOW

The earthquake of 2015 and the trade embargo by India over the promulgation of the charter alienating the ethnic Madhesis group hit hard the Nepali tourism sector. But after a couple of years the tourism of industry is standing back. Here are the signs that proves Nepali tourism industry is reviving.

Increasing numbers of Hotels:

According to the data of the Tourism Department a total of 5 hundred and 85 tourist hotels are registered amongst which 10 are the five star rated. The Everest Hotel in Kathmandu is out of track after the earthquake in 2015.

Likewise, there are 3 four star, 31 three star, 43 two star, 33 one star and 4 hundred 65 tourist hotels. Along with this 2 hundred 27 homestays also has registered itself in the tourism department.

The flow of Tourists

According to the data from the Immigration Department of Nepal on 2016 a year after the major setback for the Nepali tourism industry about 7 Lakhs 29 Thousand 5 Hundred and 50 tourists came to Nepal. The Hotel Association of Nepal has set the target of increasing capacity of the hotels to hold 1. 8 Million Tourists by 2020. Within the 3 years the hotels in the Nepal are set to add about 4 thousand rooms to meet the target, half of these rooms are set to be added in the hotels of capital Kathmandu. This significantly will employ more people as one tourist can give employment opportunity to 12 people. In addition to it the Government of Nepal is set to announce the upcoming year as Tourism year.

The investment in the Tourism Sector of Nepal

The tourism sector of Nepal till now has investment of about 2 Hundred and 50 Billion rupees and 33 Billion rupees are in pipeline, set to be added. Amongst the tourism sectors the hotel or the hospitality sector of the Nepal is the major aspect to invite the tourists. Undermining the importance of the tourism an injection of 83 Billion Rupees is sure for the tourism sector of Nepal in coming 3 years. Amongst this the Government will be investing 8 Billion rupees and the private sector will share the remaining portion.

Employment by Tourism

Hotel Association Nepal’s President Amar man Shakya claims that the tourism sector of Nepal has created job opportunity to over 5 Lakhs people which is significant hike after the major setbacks in 2015.

Source: Tourismmail