XcelTrip launches campaign to support domestic tourism

Ramro Pokhara, Ghumau Pokhara

an online travel aggregator has launched ‘Ramro Pokhara, Ghumau Pokhara’, a campaign focusing on Pokhara to support domestic tourism of Nepal.

Organizing a press conference in Kathmandu on Sunday, the company said that, the main objective of the campaign is to support domestic tourism and promote the destination within Nepal through various digital platforms at a time when the country is suffering from the impact of coronavirus. During this campaign, the partner hotels of XcelTrip will offer special packages and promotional offers.

Speaking at the event, Gyanendra Khadka, CEO and founder of XcelTrip, said, “Users of eSewa will receive special discount code voucher of Rs. 500 while booking hotels through eSewa.” Payment can be made through debit/credit cards issued by the local banks and eSewa. “To make our promotional campaign more effective, we have created videos of all hotels participating in this campaign,” he added.

A total of 29 hotels of Pokhara have participated in the campaign and will provide offers.
According to the company, the airlines partner of the campaign- Yeti Airlines will provide two one-way tickets every week in Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu sector throughout the campaign for the winners of the lucky draw. The campaign will run for one month starting from March 15 to April 15, 2020

an online travel aggregator has launched ‘Ramro Pokhara, Ghumau Pokhara’, a campaign focusing on Pokhara to support domestic tourism of Nepal.

Organizing a press conference in Kathmandu on Sunday, the company said that, the main objective of the campaign is to support domestic tourism and promote the destination within Nepal through various digital platforms at a time when the country is suffering from the impact of coronavirus. During this campaign, the partner hotels of XcelTrip will offer special packages and promotional offers.

Speaking at the event, Gyanendra Khadka, CEO and founder of XcelTrip, said, “Users of eSewa will receive special discount code voucher of Rs. 500 while booking hotels through eSewa.” Payment can be made through debit/credit cards issued by the local banks and eSewa. “To make our promotional campaign more effective, we have created videos of all hotels participating in this campaign,” he added.

A total of 29 hotels of Pokhara have participated in the campaign and will provide offers.

According to the company, the airlines partner of the campaign- Yeti Airlines will provide two one-way tickets every week in Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu sector throughout the campaign for the winners of the lucky draw. The campaign will run for one month starting from March 15 to April 15, 2020

Source: My Republica

Govt suspends Visit Nepal Year 2020 promotion campaign in foreign countries for time being owing to coronavirus outbreak

Nepal government has decided to suspend the Visit Nepal Year 2020 promotion campaign in foreign countries for the time being owing to coronavirus outbreak in various parts of the world.

Speaking at a rally organized in the promotion of Nepali tourism in Kathmandu, Minister for Tourism, Culture, and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai informed that the government is now focusing on the promotion of domestic tourism.

He said that all the planned promotion of VNY 2020 at international level have been suspended for the time being.

“We have decided to postpone the VNY 2020 campaign in the international arena until the spread of coronavirus is contained,” he added.

He also maintained that the viral outbreak has invited fresh challenges for the government to meet the target of welcoming 2 million tourists to the country in 2020.

Effects of coronavirus are seen not only in the tourism industry of Nepal but also in the global market, industries, and business, he said.

Amid the viral outbreak in many parts of the world, the government has maintained a vigil at Tribhuvan International Airport and other entry points since the beginning of 2020.

Source: My Republica

Nepal Sales Mission 2020

  • In its journey of Nine cities Sales Mission, Nepal Tourism Board showcased its offerings in Jaipur, Indore, Surat and Pune

We Interviewed”

  • MANI RAJ LAMICHHANE, Director, Nepal Tourism Board
  • SHRADHA SHRESTHA, Manager- Brand & Corporate Marketing, Nepal Tourism Board
  • ARCHANA K C RANA, Manager – Digital Marketing (PR & Publicity), Nepal Tourism Board
  • C N PANDEY, President, Nepal Association of Tour & Travel Agents (NATTA)
  • PRACHANDA MANANDHAR, Managing Director, Explore Vacations
  • DHARMANAND LEKHAK, Manager – Sales & Marketing, Heritage Tours & Travels
  • KISHOR GHIMIRE, Chairman, Paletee’s Holiday
  • SURYA PATHAK, Managing Director, Soham Journeys
  • GOVIND TANDON, Sales & Marketing, Whitestone Holiday Nepal
  • SANTOSH KHAWALE, Founder & Director, Surabhi Travels & Chairman – Western India, Enterprising Travel Agent’s Association (ETTA)
  • SUNIL UTTAM, Proprietor, Secretary -Pune Chapter, Travel Agents Federation of India, TAFI
  • GULZAAR SAYED, Proprietor, Regency Travel Consultant
  • MANGILAL S SOLANKI, Proprietor, Jinvaani Holidays
  • M R MUSMADE Proprietor, Adinath Holidays

Government inviting tourism ministers of 40 countries in VNY 2020 opening

Government inviting tourism ministers of 40 countries in VNY 2020 opening
Visit Nepal 2020 - Life Time Experience
Visit Nepal 2020 – Lifetime Experiences

The government is inviting tourism ministers of 40 countries to participate in the inauguration of Visit Nepal Year, 2020.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, said that tourism ministers of 40 countries have been invited to participate in the inauguration of the campaign. Minister Bhattarai shared this information at the ‘VNY 2020 Preparation Meet’ organised by Province 3 government’s Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment in Lalitpur.

“Extensive preparations are being made for VNY 2020 and the Visit Year Secretariat has corresponded with the state governments within the country and all the diplomatic missions abroad regarding the campaign. We have sent out the invitations to the tourism ministers,” he said on the occasion.

Stating that renowned foreign artists would also participate in the event, Minister Bhattarai called for a grand inauguration of VNY 2020 with the active participation of the federal, state and local governments as well as the private sector.

Visit Nepal Year 2020 will formally be inaugurated on January 1, 2020. Likewise, Minister Bhattarai shared that the inauguration programme will be organised at all foreign diplomatic missions of Nepal within the first week of January.

It is stated that the VNY 2020 inauguration programme will possibly take place at Dashrath Stadium in Kathmandu.

Source: The Himalayan Times

Visit Nepal 2020 - Life Time Experience
Visit Nepal 2020 – Life Time Experience

Bada Dashain festival begins

Bada Dashain festival begins

Dashain Festival

“Navaratri Parba” or the nine-night festival of Bada Dashain, the great festival of the Hindus of Nepal, commenced from sunday.

The first day of Bada Dashain festival is called “Ghatasthapana” that falls on Aswin Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of Asoj.

On the day of Ghatasthapana, all Nepalis worship Diyo (an oil-fed lamp), Kalas (auspicious jar) and lord Ganesh in accordance with Vedic rituals and sow maize and barley seeds in a jar filled with soil and cow dung for germination of the auspicious Jamara (barley shoots). The auspicious hour for observing Ghatasthapana is 07:15 am today, according to Nepal Calendar Determination Committee.

Dashain-2019

Prayers are also offered to Durga Bhavani, the goddess of power today. Germination of the auspicious “Jamara” is also initiated at Hanumandhoka Dashain Ghar in accordance with Vedic rituals, today.

There is also a tradition of sacrificing animals while initiating the germination of the “Jamara”.

Also today, prayers are offered to goddess Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati at the Dashain Ghar, marking the beginning of the Navaratri (nine nights).

The golden barley shoots and the auspicious Tika are given by parents to their children and by elders to their juniors on the tenth day of the Bada Dashain festival with blessings for peace, progress and prosperity. The auspicious hour for receiving Tika this year is 09:51 am on October 19, according to the Committee Chair Dr Ram Chandra Gautam.

Dashain Tika

During the Navaratri, thousands of devotees visit Naxal Bhagawati, Shobha Bhagawati, Maitidevi, Guheswori, Bhadrakali, Kalikasthan, Sankata, Mahankalsthan, Naradevi, Bijayeswori, Indrayani, Dakshinkali, Chamunda and other shrines of goddess Durga Bhavani in the early morning.

People also recite sacred verses and hymns dedicated to Durga Bhawani at temples and shrines as well as at their homes throughout the Dashain period.

Majority of the educational and academic institutions start Dashain holidays effective today. The public holiday unlike the past to mark the Ghatasthapana has been deducted from this year.

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Changing Trends in Teej Celebration

Changing Trends in Teej Celebration
People throng Pashupati Temple for Teej festival

People throng Pashupati Temple for Teej festival

“Teejko lahar aayo bari lai
Teejko lahar aayo bari lai …..”

Every year as the festival of Teej — arguably the most important festival for Hindu women — approaches, women and girls get pumped up and gather to celebrate.

Dancing to the aforementioned tune was a group of women, clad in red and green saris and kurtas, on Monday at the ‘Dar Eating Program’ at Amrapali Banquet, Naxal. These women were friends, colleagues and acquaintances, who had taken their time off to come out and celebrate the spirit of Teej.

As Teej neared, to be celebrated nation-wide on August 24 this year, streets of Kathmandu were crowded by women and girls wearing red saris and attractive jewelries. Previously considered a one-day affair, women of various age-groups these days gather in banquets to eat Dar weeks before the day of Teej.

Women sing and dance at Pashupatinath Temple during the Teej festival in Kathmandu

Women sing and dance at Pashupatinath Temple during the Teej festival in Kathmandu The three-day festival, commemorating the union of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva, involves sumptuous feasts and rigid fasting. Hindu women pray for marital bliss, the well-being of their spouses and children, and the purification of their own bodies and souls during this period of religious fasting.

Dar is a name given to the meal consumed by women a day before the day of Teej, particularly because they are to observe fast, without even drinking a single drop of water, the following day.

Dar comprises of protein and carbohydrate-rich food, which when consumed in ample amount would fill for the hungry stomachs the following day as women observe fast until sundown. Hindu married women believe that fasting on the day of Teej will provide longevity to their husbands. In case of unmarried women, the fast is believed to earn them a suitable match.

Singing and dancing at pashupatinath temple.

Singing and dancing at pashupatinath temple.

Popularity of Banquets and event halls
The tradition of Teej and Dar, however, has adapted a few changes over the years. Dar eating programs are organized in banquets and halls, outside the borders of family home and relationships. Banquets and event halls, undeniably, have benefitted hugely from this trend. Apart from the wedding season, these kinds of events earn them ample revenue.

Ishara Koirala, a master’s student at Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, said such programs were good excuses for women to take some time off and socialize. Perhaps the tradition has after all not changed much as compared to old times when women used to gather around Pati and Pauwa and sing both happy and sad verses in relations to their lives. “These events are not much different from what used to be, since women get to catch up with their counterparts, relax and socialize,” remarked Koirala.

HAPPY TEEJ FESTIVAL IN NEPAL

HAPPY TEEJ FESTIVAL IN NEPAL

Forty-year-old Bishnu Lama, who owns a canteen in Sundhara, recalled a recent invite to Yak Party Palace, Pulchowk for Dar and shared that it was fun as well as relaxing to be at a place away from daily-life nuances.

Previously, Bishnu would organize Dar eating program at her house. She used to cook a variety of dishes for her relatives and friends. Though the food items remained the same, she said, going to the banquet reduced half her efforts. “Giving responsibility to catering services and banquet halls to arrange the food along with the venue reduced half of the pressure off our heads.”

Changing fasting culture
Changes are evident not only when it comes to how and where these Dar programs are being organized, but also how the fasting culture is observed.

“Fasting culture, over the years, has changed,” remarked 86-year-old Aruna Pokharel. She lives in Baneshwor and was visiting Mahadevsthan Temple of Koteshwor on Monday. She is a regular visitor to the temple. “When I was young and able, I would fast every Monday during the month of Shrawan and in Teej. I would start my Teej fast with a small puja, eat nothing, not even a single drop of water, and break my fast only after sundown,” said Aruna.

However, with passing years, she has observed a big difference in the way women, especially younger ones, observe fasting in Teej. Referencing to Purnima, her 19-year-old granddaughter, who had followed her to the temple, she said, “My granddaughter fasts only if she feels like it and my daughter-in-law eats fruits throughout the day even when she is ‘technically fasting’.”

Teej Festival - Hari Talika

Teej Festival – Hari Talika

Sometimes, Aruna gets exasperated by how lenient her family members have become in terms of following age-old rituals. “I tell them periodically that rituals are not to be meddled with, but they don’t listen to me. If you are going to fast anyway, why not do it right?”

Undeniably, the norms behind fasting have changed. Growing up, one can find varied narratives being provided to girls and women regarding the fasting tradition. While a working sister-in-law may eat a few fruits during the fast, stay-at-home moms preach stronger guidelines on how to be religious and thorough about it. Some say avoiding salt and vegetables work as a fine substitute, while others insist complete abstinence from eating and drinking.

Purnima argued, “If fasting is all about staying pure and showing my devotion to God, I can do that by eating as well. No amount of spiritual bliss received through fasting overcomes a hangry (hungry and angry) state if I am to work under a deadline and be productive throughout the day.”

Source: Myrepublica

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