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Accommodation in Nepal after the quake

Posted Jun 23rd, 2015 under Food & Accommodation, Tourism News, Leave a comment

After the earthquake on 25th April, many travelers around the globe may have been unknown with the accommodation facilities in Nepal.  Here we list out the status of Hotel in Nepal.

 

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Hotel Hyatt Regency in Kathmadu is safe after the earthquake.

List of Hotels that are safe

Hotel Dwarika’s

Kantipur Temple House

Gokarna Forest Resort

Del’ Annapurna

Hyatt Regency

Radisson

Shangri-La

Soaltee Crown Plaza

Yak & Yeti

Malla Hotel

Himalaya Hotel

Hotel Sambhala

Hotel Marsyangdi

Country Villa

Lakeside Retreat

Fishtail Logde

Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Water Front Resort

The Fulbari Resort

Kasara Resort

Tigerland Safari

Tiger Tops & many more...

 

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Traditional Newari Accomaodation provider Newa Chen in Patan after the quake

Hotels with possibility of renovation:

Kathmandu Guest House

Tibet Guest House

Bajra Guest House

Newa Chen

Club Himalaya

Paradise Inn

Shivapuri Height Cottage

Raniban Retreat

Famous Farm

Himalayan Horizon

Dhulikhel Mountain Resort

Balthali Village Resort

Yeti Mountain Home

The Last Resort

 

Hotels not in Operation:

Hotel Everest

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PATA Nepal Rapid Recovery Task Force handed over to tourism stakeholders of Nepal

Posted Jun 22nd, 2015 under Company News, Special Events, Tourism News, Leave a comment

Tourism Recovery Plan Nepal

Disaster Management and Recovery Experts Andrew Jones and Bert Van Walbeek handed over the Reports and Recommendations titled “The PATA Nepal Rapid Recovery Task Force” to the members of Tourism Recovery Committee, Nepal amidst the seminar today morning at Hotel Shangri-la. The document shall be guidelines for Tourism Recovery Committee Nepal during the process of recovering Nepalese Tourism Industry.

The former Chairman of PATA Nepal Chapter, Mr. Ashok Pokhrel received “Report & Recommendations” booklet prepared the disaster management and recovery experts, Bert & Jones.   

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Mr. Walbeek who has been playing the integral role in recovering Nepalese Tourism after the quake said, “this is our recommendation based on several reports and assessments made by the stakeholders of Nepalese Tourism.

He added, “to execute these recommendations with proper plans and strategies within next three months is once again are the stakeholders of  Nepalese Tourism to ensure the recovery of the entire tourism industry in Nepal.”

The Vice President of PATA International Mr. Andrew Jones thanked all the attendees for being the part Tourism Recovery Task Force.

Mr. Jones said, “During the Recovery process PATA International will support to boost the tourism industry of Nepal in every possible way.”

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International Yoga Day – Nepal the ideal destination for Yoga holidays

Posted Jun 21st, 2015 under Special Events, Leave a comment

YOGA

The practice of Yoga dates back to the time of Mahabharata, where Saints and Sadhus used to practice this ancient art of mental and spiritual discipline.

 The history of yoga dates back to fifth century BC, in the ancient Indian sub-continent. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Yoga Gurus from the sub-continent introduced yoga to the west. Yoga is a physical exercise, which has spiritual and meditative benefits and has been important part of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Yoga is channeling the mental and spiritual strength of the body with the help of physical posture and exercise.

June 21st International Yoga Day is celebrated in Nepal, and yoga demonstrations and lectures are held all over the country .Most of the demonstrations are held for all the general public and some special programs are conducted for the special members or invitees. Cities like Birjung, Biratnagar, and Kathmandu among others are the annual hosts for these events.

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 Nepal houses more than 400 Yoga and Meditation centers all over the country and it has been a favorable yoga destination since 1950s.

 Nepal is an ideal destination for practicing the ancient art of yoga. Lush green vegetation and peaceful environment in the lap of Himalayas offers a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wishes to practice this ancient art of reviving mental and spiritual strength- Yoga.

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Be the part of the first major celebration in Nepal after the quake- Rice Plantation Festival (Ropai Festival)

Posted Jun 21st, 2015 under Culture & Festivals, Photo Essay, Tourism News, Leave a comment
Rice Plantation Festival in Nepal

Terraced paddy fields in Nepal

There are more festivals in Nepal than the number of days in one calendar year and there are more reasons to celebrate than to mourn on one natural disaster we have faced. Celebrating our culture as we used to celebrate it in the past and at the meantime focusing on rebuilding the country devastated by the quake is what Nepalese are doing and will do.

After the powerful quake of April 25, the first major celebration Ropai Festival (Rice Plantation Festival) is about to bring some happiness amongst the Nepalese.

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Traditional way of farming in Nepal

 

If you are in Nepal, be the part of Rice Plantation Festival or if anyone you know are in Nepal inform them to visit the nearest site of Ropai Festival.

Nepal grows 5.3 million metric tons of rice every year. The staple food of almost all the Nepalese, rice is planted observing an interesting festival - Ropai. Modern technologies have replaced the traditional rice plantation process in most of the countries and some urban parts of Nepal. However, there are places in Nepal where rice plantation is still a jubilant festival that is observed in the most traditional way.

30th June the beginning of Monsoon in Nepal brings good news to all the farmers across the country. Melodious ropai songs tuned with traditional five musical instruments (Panche Baja), splashing mud and water to the fellow workers in the rice fields and sowing the seeds of rice that feeds thousands people of urban areas, Ropai is truly a unique celebration bringing smiles in the faces of hardworking farmers.

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The fun side of Ropai

Photo from : www.photosofnepal.com

Ropai in the recent years has been one of the biggest cultural explorations amongst the international travelers, who are in Nepal during the monsoon.

Not only the foreigners, the young Nepalese from the cities drive to the destinations on 30th June where this unique farming festival of mud, water and music is celebrated. Ropai Festival is also remarked as the day of eating curd and beaten rice amongst the farmers of Nepal.

The team of Explore Himalaya will visit the Ropai Festival this year. Our site visit aims to capture the moments of Nepalese celebrating this festival with great enthusiasm despite their hearts filled with pain after the powerful quake of April 25.

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Ropai is not less interesting than Tomatino Festival of Spain- Try and know it

Photo from : www.nepalmountainnews.com

Even during the worst consequences, Nepalese have stood up in such a way that the world can’t stop admiring the resilience of Nepalese. Please do wait for our blog on Ropai Festival 2015, which will be posted on July 1st.

 

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Let your feet walk to help Nepalese stand on their feet- Travel Nepal after the earthquake

Posted Jun 19th, 2015 under Company News, Testimonial, Tourism News, Leave a comment

Lesley Magill

Lesley Magill, writer and photographer of the article

Seven years ago I traveled to the most foreign country I have ever visited.  I was a stranger to it with no idea what to expect or how it would make me feel.  I confess that on arrival at the chaotic airport and during the frenzied drive to the hotel, I wondered if I had made a mistake.  I stayed for only three weeks yet seven years on I still feel a tug in my heart and sense of longing whenever I think of it.  That foreign place made its way into my heart. That place is Nepal.

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 To hear of the devastating earthquakes, with implications that will last for years to come, was to worry and to grieve for those who have lost all, for those who must struggle on, and for those who must pull together to rebuild the unique nation. But rebuild it they will.

 You don’t need to look far to see the resilience in the Nepalese people.  Numerous live in remote villages accessible only by walking trails as narrow, rocky and steep as goat’s tracks.  To get anything and everything to their villages it must be carried. 

Sometimes a sturdy-footed animal can make the trip, other times a human has to carry the load.  Seeing a stooped-over man carrying a solid wood dining table on his back up an endlessly steep, rocky, winding track for hours on end is a sight to behold, and one of many similar sights on any given day.

Resilience of Nepali

 The Nepalese are hardworking and they have an honesty, generosity, happiness and simplicity (in the kindest of respects) that stays with you. 

Whether working in a shop in the heart of the bustling city, guiding me safely along my trek, welcoming me into their homes or accommodating me in tea-houses in the highest passes of the Himalayas, the people made me feel very welcome and never failed to bring a smile to my face.

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 Visiting Nepal is about much more than ticking off the tourist attractions - simply being there is an experience in itself. 

From the sites of the majestic mountains and crystal clear lakes to the chaotic sounds of the city, to the ancient history, deep-felt culture, wonderful people and more, Nepal is one of those unique destinations that can offer travellers a trip of a lifetime.

 In a country that depends heavily on tourism, one of the simplest ways to help get them back on their feet is to let your feet do the walking. 

Travel Nepal after the earthquake so that you bring new money into a country that needs it. You give people the chance to go back to work. You give businesses the chance to rebuild.  You give a country the chance to show that its doors are open and that it will rise again.

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 Of course, be sure to do your research before travelling and book through a reputable agency that has a good handle on the most up to date information and advice. While there are damaged areas that should be avoided, many places including some of the main tourist attractions and regions remain intact, safe and as beautiful as before.

Lesley Magill, Adelaide, Australia

 

 

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