Rara Karnali tourism year from Baisakh 1st

Rara Karnali tourism year from Baisakh 1st
Rara Lake

Rara Lake

Rara Karnali Tourism Year is being observed from coming Baisakh 1st of the year 2075 in the lunar calendar.

The tourism year is being observed in order to highlight the history, culture, civilization and natural beauty of Karnali with a target to bring in 500,000 tourists in the 12 months of the year, said publicity coordinator Dal Rawal at a press meet organised by the Karnali provincial government here today. The tourists arrival so far is 50,000 annually.

Despite being the best tourism destination of Nepal, it has not yet become a major tourist attraction for lack of essential infrastructure and amenities, Rawal said while noting that efforts would be made to address those shortcomings. Karnali boasts of the Rara lake, Rara national park, Phoksundu lake, Bala Tripurasundari, Kakrebihar, Mansarovar and is the origin of Nepal’s 23 castes.

Rara Lake

Rara Lake

Also speaking at the programme, Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board Dipak Raj Joshi assured for necessary support provided the locals help in tourism promotion of their locality.

Majority of the participants on the occasion stressed on increasing access to transportation service first in order to bring in the targeted number of tourists into the province.

Source:  Himalayan News

TripAdvisor releases best destinations in Asia, Kathmandu in 6th place

TripAdvisor releases best destinations in Asia, Kathmandu in 6th place
Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley

The travel website TripAdvisor has released its list of 25 best travel destinations in Asia, putting Kathmandu in sixth place.

The list has given the top travel destination of Asia to Bali, Indonesia. The top five destinations besides Bali include Phuket, Thailand; Hanoi, Thailand; Siem Riep, Cambodia; and Tokyo, Japan.

TripAdvisor is a top travel website used widely by travelers across the globe. Being placed in sixth place, Kathmandu can expect increase in tourist numbers.

TripAdvisor is considered to be the go-to travel website around the world by travelers to choose travel destinations, hotels and restaurants, and as such, given high value in the tourism industry. Currently, the website has 315 million members.

The top 25 destinations of Asia as released by TripAdvisor are:

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. Phuket, Thailand
  3. Hanoi, Vietnam
  4. Siem Riep, Cambodia
  5. Tokyo, Japan
  6. Kathmandu, Nepal
  7. Hong Kong, China
  8. New Delhi, India
  9. Goa, India
  10. Ko Samui, Thailand
  11. Hội An, Vietnam
  12. Bangkok, Thailand
  13. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  14. Lombok, Indonesia
  15. Krabi Town, Thailand
  16. Jaipur, India
  17. Beijing, Chaina
  18. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  19. Singapore
  20. Panay Island, Philippines
  21. Kyoto, Japan
  22. Taipei, Taiwan
  23. Seoul, South Korea
  24. Da Nang, Vietnam
  25. Shanghai, China

Source: Himalayan News

Kailash helicopters imports new helicopter

Kailash helicopters imports new helicopter

Kailash Helicopter Service

Kailash Helicopter Services started by youth entrepreneurs, have imported a new helicopter.

The company imported a helicopter from French aircraft manufacturer Airbus, of the model S 350 B3 Series. The 300 million company intends to import another helicopter in the near future.

Kailash Helicopter Service

The helicopter came in from Singapore on Saturday. The process to obtain AOC flight permission for the helicopter has already started, informed the Managing Director, Pratap Jung Pandey.

Kailash Helicopter Service

Kailash Helicopter Services is operated by youth entrepreneurs including Captain Aashish Sherchan, Pratap Jung Pandey, Shree Ram K.C., Ishwari Paudel, Sunil Shrestha, Rajesh Kumar Pandit, C.N. Pandey, Shree Hari Kuike, etc. The group also has investments in the tourism and banking sectors. The company will use the helicopter for chartered flights, rescues, mountain flights, etc.

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Source: Tourismmail

Holi The Festival of Colours

Holi The Festival of Colours

Holi-Festival-Celebration

Holi is festival of color. This festival is also farewell of winter and welcoming of summer in Southern Asia. Holi is celebrated in full moon day in Phalgun . Hence, Holi is also called Fagu Purnima. Holi is called Dhuli in Sanskrit.

Holi is welcoming of spring and summer. It is also observed to get blessing of God for coming harvests and fertility of the land. This festival is celebrated in most of South Asian counties. Actually Holi is the night of Falgun Krishna Chaturdasi but celebration starts from the very next day on Purnima. Holi is the festival of color, friendships and love.

The ancient Hindu festival of Holi falls on late February or on early March. Allegedly named after the mythical demoness Holika, it is a day when the feast of colours is celebrated. The festival is of a week. However, it’s only the last day that is observed by all with colours. The ancient Hindu festival of Holi falls on late February or on early March. Allegedly named after the mythical demoness Holika, it is a day when the feast of colours is celebrated.

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The festival is of a week. However it’s only the last day that is observed by all with colours. Phagu is another name for Holi where Phagu means the sacred red powder and Pune is the full moon day, on which the festival ends. People can be seen wandering through the streets either on foot or on some vehicle, with a variety of colours smeared over them. Families and friends get together and celebrate the occasion with a lot of merry making. This spring time celebration is also an outburst of youthful exuberance in which throwing colours and water bolloons (lolas) on passer- by is acceptable. But, the Indian community, that is, the Marwari class who has settled down in Nepal for centuries and the people of Terai celebrate it a day later with more pomp and ceremony.

Happy-Holi

Lumbini Peace Marathon to take place on March 1

Lumbini Peace Marathon to take place on March 1
Lumbini Peace Marathon

Lumbini Peace Marathon

The Lumbini Peace Marathon is going to be held on March 1 in Lumbini. Organizers claim that 250 people from indigenous and foreign background are participating in the competition.

Players from Nepal, India, China, Australia, Korea, and Britain will participate in the competition. President of Lumbini Peace Marathon Mr. Vikram Pandey informed that the Lumbini Peace Marathon competition has been organized on Falgun Purnima because this is the day when Lord Gautam Buddha returned to his birthplace after getting enlightened.

There are three categories including full marathon (42-198km), and half marathon of 21 km and 7 km. The winner of full marathon will be awarded a medal and 100 thousand cash prize and given an award named as ‘Lumbini Ashok Peace Puraskar’. Similarly, the first runner-up and second runner-up will be awarded with 45,000 and 70,000 respectively. The prize for the second place is named as ‘Kapilvastu Huyen San Puraskar’ and the third place prize is named as ‘Mayadevi Garden Ulthan Puraskar’. Similarly, the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up of half Marathon will be awarded with the cash prize of Rs 50 thousand, 35 thousand and 25 thousand respectively.

The marathon will start from Kudan to Gotehawa, Kapilvastu,banganga, Tilaurakot, Niglihawa, Arorkot, Dohani and will finally end in Lumbini.

Source: Tourismmail

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