Buddha Jayanti being observed today

Buddha Jayanti being observed today
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli his spouse Radhika Shakya among other officials pose for photograph during a programme organised by the government of Province 5 on the occasion of 2,563rd Buddha Jayanti and the beginning of Visit Lumbini Year 2076 BS, in Lumbini.

Buddha Jayanti, the day of the birth of Lord Buddha, is being celebrated across the country today.

Also known as Buddha Purnima, the day falls on Baishakh Shukla Purnima as per the lunar calendar, which is a full moon day.

Those celebrating visit Buddhist monastries and shrines to worship Lord Buddha, who is believed to be the messenger of peace, based on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

Visit Lumbini Year 2076 BS

Gautam Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautam, was born a prince to King Suddhodana of the Shakya dynasty of Tilaurakot — which is located in Kapilvastu, Nepal — and Queen Maya Devi.

The queen is known to have given birth to Buddha in Lumbini, while on the way to her maternal home in Devdaha, which falls in Rupandehi district of Nepal.

Government of Province 5, where Lumbini is situated, is organising an array of programmes today to mark the 2,563rd Buddha Jayanti, also the beginning of Visit Lumbini Year 2076 BS.

Prime MInister KP Sharma Oli his spouse Radhika Shakya among other officials holds flame take part in a rally organised by the government of Province 5 on the occasion of 2,563rd Buddha Jayanti and the beginning of Visit Lumbini Year 2076 BS, in Lumbini.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli reached Lumbini yesterday evening to participate in the events planned for the day, while President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to reach there today to attend various programmes.

The Prime Minister also visited the Tilaurakot palace premises and lit lamps in Lumbini.

Moreover, President Bhandari as the chief guest is scheduled to officially inaugurate the Visit Lumbini Year 2076 BS to be announced by Province 5 government, according to Lumbini Development Trust.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the peace rally being organised on the occasion of 2,563rd Buddha Jayanti and the beginning of Visit Lumbini Year 2076 BS, organised by the government of Province 5, in Lumbini.

Likewise, PM Oli will perform a special worship-ritual at Mayadevi Temple, start the peace rally, plant saplings, unfurl the flag of Nepal, and serve food to the monks, State-5 Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Lila Giri was quoted in Rastriya Samachar Samiti.

Buddha is believed to have received enlightenment in Bodha Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar, following which he started sharing his knowledge with his disciples.

Birth of Buddha is also celebrated across Asia including India, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar among other nations.

Source: The Himalayan Times

Visit Nepal Year 2020 first phase launched from Pokhara

Visit Nepal Year 2020 first phase launched from Pokhara

The first phase of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 tourism campaign declared by the government has been launched from the Komagane Park on the bank of the Phewa lake in Pokhara. Gandaki Province Chief Minister, Prithvi Subba Gurung, launched the programme on Saturday evening.

Addressing the programme, Chief Minister Gurung underscored the need of building the physical infrastructures for promoting tourism. He said all the three levels of governments – local, state and federal – should work for making the Visit Nepal Year 2020 successful.

Tourism should be linked with production, he said, adding that the Gandaki State has declared Year 2019 as the Internal Tourist Visit Year and the Year 2020 as the ‘Year for Visit by Tourists from Neighbouring Countries’, to support the Visit Nepal Year 2020.

Visit Nepal Year 2020
Visit Nepal Year 2020

It is said that 40 per cent of total tourists visiting the country visit Pokhara. Gandaki State government minister for industry, tourism, forests and environment, Bikas Lamsal said that the state government has recommended to the federal government to declare Pokhara as the ‘Tourism Capital of Nepal’.

He said the state government has focused on the development of 110 new tourism destinations in the Gandaki State and it was facilitating the promotion of 300 home stay services to promote rural tourism. Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mohan Krishna Sapkota on the occasion said that the Gautam Buddha International Airport would be brought into operation by June 15 this year, that construction of the Pokhara International Airport would be completed ahead of the deadline and that works on building the Nijgadh Airprt were in progress.

He added that the goal of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 is to welcome two million tourists in the country in 2020 and through this to create one million jobs thereby contributing to boosting the national economy. President of the international relations committee of the federal parliament Pabitra Niraula Kharel, coordinator of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 Suraj Baidya, member of Nepal Tourism Board, Biplav Poudel, tourism entrepreneur Yogendra Shakya, Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) Kaski chapter president Deependra Shrestha, among other speakers stressed on coordinated and concerted efforts from all sectors for making the VNY 2020 a grand success.

Source: Tourism Mail

Holi The Festival of Colours

Holi The Festival of Colours

Happy Holi

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.


Maha Shivaratri (The Night of Lord Shiva)

Maha Shivaratri (The Night of Lord Shiva)

Happy Maha Shivaratri 2017

Happy Maha Shivaratri 2019

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.

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.

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 2019

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

Condolences pour in following chopper crash that killed Tourism Minister and six others

Condolences pour in following chopper crash that killed Tourism Minister and six others

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari died in a helicopter crash which killed six others onboard.

Travelling with Minister Adhikari were the pilot of the helicopter Captain Prabhakar KC, tourism entrepreneur Ang Tshiring Sherpa, security personnel Arjun Ghimire, Under-Secretary at the Prime Minister’s office Yubaraj Dahal, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Birendra Shrestha, and CAAN Engineer Dhruba Das Bhochhibhaya

Statements expressing sorrow have been pouring in for the Minister who was known for his grounded and approachable personality, and for the six others who lost their lives.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari expressed shock and sadness on the demise of seven people on board.

Bidya Devi Bhandari President of Nepal@PresidentofNP

आज ताप्लेजुङ हेलिकप्टर दुर्घटनामा परी लोकप्रिय युवानेता मन्त्री रविन्द्र अधिकारी, पर्यटन उद्यमी आङछिरिङ शेर्पा, राष्ट्रसेवकहरु तथा क्याप्टेन प्रभाकर के.सी. सहित सात जनाको दुःखद अवसानले मलाई स्तब्ध बनाएको छ । सम्पूर्ण परिवारजनमा हार्दिक समवेदना व्यक्त गर्दछु !!

प्रदीप ज्ञवाली@PradeepgyawaliK

श्रध्दान्जलीका यी शव्दहरू लेख्नु पर्दा हात काँपिरहेका छन् ।
कसले सोचेको थियो र यो जीवन्त मुस्कान यति अल्पायुको होला भनेर ?
अलविदा रवीन्द्र कमरेड !
हाम्राे सम्झनाको क्यानभासमा तपाईँ सधैभरि बाँचिरहनु हुनेछ ।
यस दुखद दुर्घटनामा परी दिवंगत हुनुहुने सबैमा श्रध्दासुमन ।

Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA)

हार्दिक समवेदना
यहि २०७५ फागुन १५ गते बुधबार अपरान्ह करिब १३.३० बजे संस्कृति पर्यटन तथा नागरिक उड्डयन मन्त्री माननीय रबिन्द्र अधिकारीज्यू सहित ७ जना सवार रहेको एयर डाइनेस्टीको हेलिकोप्टर तेह्रथुमको चुहानडांडा विमानस्थल निरीक्षण पछि ताप्लेजुङ्गको सिस्नेखोला स्थित दारेढुङ्गाको जंगलमा दूर्घटनाग्रस्त भई मन्त्री अधिकारीज्यू लगायत सबैको निधन भएको खबरले नेपाल एशोसिएशन अफ टूर एण्ड ट्राभल एजेन्ट्स (नाट्टा) लगायत संपूर्ण पर्यटन क्षेत्र अभिभावकविहिन, स्तब्ध र मर्माहत भएको छ । 

पर्यटन प्रवद्र्धन र विकाशमा थोरै समयमा पर्यटन क्षेत्रले अनुभुत गर्न सक्ने परिणाममुखि काम गर्न सफल मन्त्री अधिकारी, सफल एंव वरिष्ठ पर्यटन व्यवसायि आङ्ग छिरिङ्ग शेर्पा र नेपाल सरकारका राष्ट्र सेवक कर्मचारीहरुको अप्रत्याशित निधनबाट पर्यटन क्षेत्र तथा समग्र मुलुकले नै अपूरणीय क्षति व्यहोर्न पुगेको छ । 

यस अत्यंत दुखद घडीमा म स्वयं लगायत नाट्टा कार्यसमिति, पूर्व अध्यक्ष परिषद तथा सम्पूर्ण नाट्टा परिवार मन्त्री अधिकारीज्यूसहित सबैमा हार्दिक श्रद्धान्जली अर्पण गर्दछौं र दिवगंत आत्माको चीर शान्तीको कामना गर्दै शोक सन्तप्त परिवारजनमा गहिरो समवेदना प्रकट गर्दछौं । साथै यो अपूरणीय र अप्रत्याशित क्षतिको पीडा सहन गर्न सक्ने शक्ति मिलोस भनि ईश्वरसंग प्रार्थना गर्दछौं ।

सीएन पाण्डे

Gagan Thapa@thapagk

रविन्द्र दाईको दुर्घटनाको खबरले स्तब्ध भए,मनमा झिनो आशा थियो तर त्यो आशा धेरै समय टिक्न सकेन। मैले आज एक असल साथी गुमाएको छु,देशले एक आशातीत नेता! रविन्द्र दाइ लगायत सवैमा हार्दिक श्रध्दाञ्जली!!

Ambassador Randy Berry@USAmbNepal

We are saddened to hear of the helicopter crash and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of all those who perished on the flight.

French Embassy in Nepal@FranceInNepal

Deeply shocked to hear about the helicopter crash that took the lives of @RabindraADH, Ang Tshering Sherpa and other officials. My sincere condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic crash.

Yogesh bhattarai@yogesbhattarai

प्रिय साथी म निशब्द छु ! म स्वीकार गर्दिन् ! तिम्रै आवाजले एकपटक बताइदेउन् यार् ।

Baburam Bhattarai@brb1954

मैले धेरै आशा गरेका एकजना युवानेता रवीन्द्र अधिकारीको अल्पायुमै आकस्मिक निधनले स्तब्ध छु! हेलिकप्टर दुर्घटनामा निधन भएका सबैमा हार्दिक श्रद्धान्जली!

Rabindra Mishra@RabindraMishra

आउँछ, टपक्क टिप्छ, लान्छ, टरेर टर्दैन त्यो। ताप्लेजुङ्गमा भएको हेलिकोप्टर दुर्घटनामा ज्यान गुमाउने मन्त्री तथा मित्र रवीन्द्र अधिकारी लगायत सातैजनाको आत्मालाई शान्ति मिलोस् र परिवारलाई धैर्य धारण गर्ने क्षमता। कसको मृत्यु कहाँ, कसरी लेखिएको हुन्छ, कसलाई के थाहा!

Source: The Himalayan Times

Bodies of Air Dynasty crash victims brought to Kathmandu

Bodies of Air Dynasty crash victims brought to  Kathmandu
Nepali Army helicopter (MI17) taking off from Suketar Airport in Taplejung carrying the remains of the Air Dynasty crash victims to Kathmandu on Thursday, February 28. 2019. Photo: RSS

Bodies of the seven persons, including Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari who lost their lives in yesterday’s chopper crash in Pathibhara region, have been taken to Suketar Airport in Taplejung by Nepal Army.

Bodies of four crash victims had been taken to Suketar following the crash yesterday while bodies of three others have been taken there from the incident site by Nepal Army today morning despite bad weather conditions.

Chief District Officer of Taplejung, Anuj Bhandari, informed that the bodies were brought to the airport in Nepal Army’s helicopter.

According to him, weather condition has still not improved at the airport region due to which security personnel have to wait for improvement in weather to lift the bodies to Kathmandu.

The CDO further informed that bodies of all deceased including the tourism minister would be sent to Kathmandu today itself after completing due procedures at Suketar Airport.

The Air Dynasty chopper — carrying seven people including Minister Adhikari and the pilot — was on its way to Kathmandu via Pathibhara region after completing inspection of an under-construction airport at Chuhan Danda of Tehrathum when it crashed in Darebheer of Taplejung. No one survived the crash.

Source: The Himalayan Times