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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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

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

                      

5 Days Tihar Festival

5 Days Tihar Festival

Tihar is the five days celebration in Yama Panchak.

Tihar is the most celebrated festival after Dashain in Nepal. It is a five-day festival celebrated in late autumn. It has its unique ways of celebration.

Story behind Tihar
There are various stories about the celebration of Tihar. One of the famous stories behind the celebration of tihar is related to Yama the god of death and his sister Yamuna. Yama had been staying away from his sister for a long time. His sister wanted to meet him so she asked various sources to visit him and ask him to give her a visit. She sent crow, dog, and cow and at the end she went herself to see her brother. She worshipped him with tika and flowers, she put him five colored tika. Yamuna made a circle with mustard oil, Dubo Grass (Cynodon Dactylon) and put Makhmali Mala (Globe Amaranth) and asked Yamaraj not to go till the oil, Dubo Grass and the flower gets dry. Therefore, every sister worships her brother keeping him in the circle of mustard oil, putting mala (garland) of Makhmali flower and Dubo grass.

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Happy Deepawali

First day – Kag Tihar (Crow Puja)
On the first day of Tihar, crows are worshiped and fed early in the morning. People leave different food items outside for crows to eat. Crow is considered to be the messenger of death. People believe the crow gets the messages to the house in the morning. People worship it to bring good luck themselves.

Kaag Tihar

Kag Tihar (Crow Puja)

Second day – Kukur Tihar
The second day of tihar is dedicated to the most loyal friend of mankind. Kukur, the dog, Puja is done by putting a red tika on dogs forehead and flower garland around the neck offering him foods and sel roti. Generally male dogs are worshiped. It is said dog can see endangers and the death coming.

Kukur Tihar

Kukur Tihar (Dog Puja)

Third day Gai (cow) Puja and Laxmi Puja
On the third day of tihar Cows are worshipped in the morning. Cows are worshipped with sesame oil light, garland of flower and red color (abir). Wheat flour, sel roti, rice and dal are feed to cows. Disciples try to pass in-between four legs of the cow. Cow is regarded as mother in Hindu religion, as we grow up drinking her milk. Some look cow as Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.

In the afternoon we clean our houses, paint floors with Red Mud (Rato Mato) and cow dung (gobar). Small circle are made in front of the main gate and decorated with colorful designs. Some people call it rangoli.

Small designs of footsteps are painted from the main entrance to the puja kotha. These footsteps are believed to be the footsteps of goddess Lakshmi. Candles or pala are lit all over the house making it bright and beautiful.

Gai (Cow) Tihar

Gai Tihar (Cow and Laxmi Puja)

There is a long tradition of going housed in the evening singing songs to ask for money and foods. Generally girls and kids go out to neighbors sing traditional songs called Bhailo songs. The tradition is called “Bhailo” and songs are called Bhailini songs.

The song starts with “Bhailini aain agana gunyo cholo magna, hey ausi ko din gai tiharo bhailo”. Badali kudali rakheko, laxmi pooja gareko, hey ajako dina gaitiharo bhailo…” Meaning Bahilini are at your door to ask for a gunyo cholo (Nepali traditional dress), today is no moon day and Cow pooja and Bhailo day, the house is clean and you have done Lakshmi puja, today is cow pooja day and Bhailo”

Fire crackers are blown in this day. People play cards in Laxmi puja to welcome goddess Laxmi in the night. People believe, laxmi comes to the house which is clean and bright.
In the evening the goddess of wealth Lakshmi is worshiped by lighting numerous lights and lightening works. It is believed that by worshiping Laxmi and pleasing her in return she gives us wealth. People worship wealth and food store this day.

Fourth day – Goru Tihar (Govardhan parbat ko puja) and Mah (aatma or self) Puja: On Govardhan puja Goru Tihar, three different Kinds of puja are performed. We perform Goru Puja, or worship Oxen. We also perform Govardhan Puja, which is done by making a hill of govardhan parbat using Cow dung. Cow dung has big importance in Hindu culture. In the old days it was used for everything from light at night (Methane) to polish mud floors of traditional houses. Still now no Puja is complete without cow dung in Nepali Hindu culture.

Mha Puja Nepal Sambat 1137

Mha Puja Nepal Sambat 1137

In this night Newar community perform Maha Puja also known as self-puja. It is done to purify our body. In this puja a Mandap decorated with Saipatri (marigold flower), sweets and fruits and a special Mala (garland) which is made of thread is kept. Each member of the family has one Mandap. A female member of the family offers the person sitting on the Mandap a Sagun with her hands crossed. Shagun usually consist of fried eggs, fruits, sweets, meat, fish, lentil and pastries. In the left hand with egg and fish and in the right hand Rakshi (homemade alcohol). This day is also the beginning of Nepal Sambat, Newari New year.

In the evening many Nepali children and young men go house to house singing Deusi song (Aahai bhana mera bhai ho deusi re bhana na bhana deusere). Deusi is very similar to Bhailo. Bhailo is primarily for female and Deusi for male. However, now a days there is such distinction. People go in group with males and females members to celebrate Bhailo and deusi both.

Fifth Day: Bhai Tika or Bhai Duj:
The fifth and last day of Tihar is Bhai Tika. This day sisters put “Tika of five colours” Paanch Rangi Tika – Yellow, green, red, blue and white on forehead of her brothers, to ensure long life and pray to Yamraja for her brother’s long life and prosperity. Sister offers brothers Shaguns of dry fruits especially walnut, hazelnut (Katus), fruits and sweets and in return the brothers give their sisters gifts and money. The brothers also put Pancha Rangi Tika to sister and bow her on her feet and assure her to protect her till the end of life.

Bhai Tika Tihar

Bhai Tika

On this day, Rani Pokhari Temple (located at central Kathmandu) is opened for those who do not have any brother or sister. This is the only time in a year the temple is open to general public.

Source: weallnepali