Reviving good old days- a year after the quake

Trailokya mohan-vishnu temple of Kathmandu Durbar Square after the earthquake in 2015
the sight of Kathmandu Durbar Square after the quake last year

Our heartfelt condolences to people those lost their lives during the earthquake on April 25, 2015. May their souls Rest in Peace. We wish a quick and meaningful recovery of the people injured during the quake and those who lost their loved ones.

After a year of the tragedy, Nepal is slowly finding its way towards recovery. Lots of monuments have been rebuilt and many are on the phase of restoration. Nepal is once again safe and sound. People here are ready to welcome travelers. We urge travelers to visit Nepal.

Status of 3 most popular trekking regions of Nepal- Annapurna & Everest assessed safe

“The vibrancy and the colors of festivals like Gaijatra, Janai Purnima and Teej manifest the upcoming biggest celebrations of the year in Nepal. The festivals like Dashain and Tihar are approaching nearer and so does the most favorable time to travel to this Himalayan nation. Travelers’ autumn in Nepal is on the brink to start.”

TREKKING IN NEPAL AFTER THE QUAKE 2015

After the devastating quake of 2015, many believed tourism in Nepal for years has no possibility at all. However, proving many wrong Nepal has emerged as the best travel destination for Autumn 2015 after all the maladies the country went through.

TREKKING IN NEPAL AFTER THE QUAKE 2015

“The massive assessments made at different levels in the quake affected regions, the incredible unity to rebuild and bounce back better amongst the Nepalese and the unconditional support from many noble hearts across the world has made impossible a possible and as the result, Nepal is back on its feet ready to cater the greatest walking adventures once again.”

Moreover, the dependable hopes of building better Nepal slowly begin to emerge as the political instability in Nepal ends and so does the transition period as the newest Republic Nation recently gets its new constitution. As the bright morning comes after the scary dark night, everything seems to favor Nepal now.

TREKKING IN NEPAL AFTER THE QUAKE 2015

On today’s post, we have covered the three most popular trekking regions of Nepal and the affects made on these regions by the devastating quake of 2015.

Annapurna

The most popular trekking region in Nepal or say in the entire world Annapurna Region remained intact despite the April quake epicentered very close to the region. Miyamoto International assessed all the areas of Annapurna except the section from Thorung Phedi to Throung La Pass because of weather constraints. Only 3 percentages of the infrastructures of the Region suffered slight damages during the quake and thirty bridges assessed were found intact. Hence, Annapurna Region is the safest and the most fascinating trekking region in Nepal for the Autumn 2015.

TREKKING IN NEPAL AFTER THE QUAKE 2015

Everest

Everest Region is mostly intact. US based Engineering Firm, Miyamoto International assessed 40 mile of classic Everest Base Camp Trail. Almost 83 percentages of the buildings on the trail and 9 major bridges over raging Dudh Koshi River were unaffected by the quake. The properties that suffered minor damages required slight maintenance and the works have been already begun. Besides the recommendation to relocate the infrastructures of Villages like Toktok and Banker, the Everest Region is safe for trekkers during the upcoming Autumn Season.

TREKKING IN NEPAL AFTER THE QUAKE 2015

Langtang

The third most popular trekking region in Nepal, Langtang suffered heavy loss during the quake 2015. The landslide triggered by the powerful tremor of April 25 killed hundreds and swept away several settlements of the region. Hence, Langtang Valley Trek that leads to Kaynagjin Gompa is closed for the upcoming Autumn. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has put effort to reopen the fascinating treks in Langtang Region. However, treks to the lower regions of Langtang like to Helambu and Gosainkunda are still safe and are in operation.

TREKKING IN NEPAL AFTER THE QUAKE 2015

 

Nepal: Bounces Back Better

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April 25th 2015, the country shook nearly for a minute with M.7.9 tremor and instantly the global attention focused Nepal. Death tolls were rising every minute after the devastation and so did the value of infrastructures and human houses collapsed. World began to Pray for Nepal and enormous help to relieve the quake victims and rescue the trapped ones landed the only International Airport in Kathmandu.  Travelers all around the world almost imagined the hub of alpine adventure has gone down so bad that it would take years to bounce back. Surprisingly, no such thing happened and Nepal took no time in being normal. From the darkness, Nepalese united and determined traveled as fast as possible with all helping hands and shocked the world overcoming the adversity of such degree, which has become an exemplary act.

The prime question is- has Nepal once again become the safe holiday destination after all this disaster, the country has suffered? We would say a big “YES”.

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Nepal and Nepalese are trying to heal their scars and are on their way back to normalcy. Just four months after the devastating quake, the streets of Kathmandu experienced traditional celebrations just like previous years. Natives have accepted their fates and eventually are back into their traditional lifestyle. The movement is gearing up and travelers around globe are slowly being seen in the streets of Nepal and country’s tourist hub. The trekking trails are now experiencing trekkers willing to see Nepal after the quake.gai jatra

Nepal and Nepalese are trying to heal their scars and are on their way back to normalcy. Just four months after the devastating quake, the streets of Kathmandu experienced traditional celebrations just like previous years.

Towering ice-topped mountains sparkle with the colorful prayer flags, while the fanatical streets of Kathmandu are a ceaseless delirium of honking motorbikes, additionally the historical and religiously important 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered in different corners of Kathmandu, though some of them were badly hit by the quake: Nepal is still a vibrant slice of Asia.bhaktapur

Even after the quake, if there is a trekkers’ paradise, then beyond doubt, Nepal is the first pick despite popular regions like Manaslu and Langtang suffered huge loss during the quake. Trials to the base of Himalayas assessed safe trekking trails in Nepal offer top-notch trekking terrain – from amazing Annapurna to eminent Everest – sprinkled with rural mountain hamlets, and hundreds of rolling trails that have been trodden upon for centuries. The trekking trails hit by landslides triggered after the Quake 2015 has been reopened or are on the process.

The trekking trails hit by landslides triggered after the Quake 2015 has been reopened or are on the process.

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Nepal is truly an interesting and convivial destination for all.

However, divinely and naturally, blessed Nepal is indeed not only for mountaineers who set off to clamber the higher elevation; from the lime-green grasslands of Chitwan National Park rustling with the dark grey flash of One-horned rhino, to the eclectic cafés and unconventional vibe of Lake-side Pokhara, Nepal is truly an interesting and convivial destination for all.

Accommodation in Nepal after the quake

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 Kathmandu is safe after the earthquake.
Hotel Vajra Guest House, safe accommodation in Kathmandu
Hotel Vajra Guest House, safe accommodation in Kathmandu

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

Hotel Vajra Guest House

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

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

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

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

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

 

Celebs concern on Nepal Earthquake

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Joanna Lumley posing with Gurkhas 

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Hollywood actor and martial art expert Jackie Chan distributed relief items to the differently-abled people sheltered at a camp in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur on Tuesday. He arrived  in Nepal to attend the relief distribution programme for the victims of recent earthquake.

(Source: ekantipur)

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Oscar winning actress Susan Sarandon makes her visit to Nepal post quake

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Portugal and Real Madrid star holds both Portugal’s & Nepal’s flag showing his support to Nepal via Twitter

 

Eight reasons to Visit Nepal Autumn 2015

The recent past

The powerful earthquake hits Nepal claiming thousands lives and billions worth properties. The hub of Himalayan Tourism suddenly goes into the emergency state and begins to mourn. The entire world prays for Nepal and help to relieve the quake victims lands Nepal from all over the world.

At the moment every sector including the tourism industry of Nepal are planning recovery strategies to rise again.

Nepalese have begun to accept this biggest tragedy as an opportunity to build a prosperous and stable “New Nepal”.

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The nearest future

Next three months might not be the right time to visit Nepal, we do not deny on it. The quake has recently shaken the earth and the monsoon begins right away. Few more natural calamities could take place. What after the monsoon is over?

The new beginning

The beautiful clear sky, wonderful temperature and the lush vegetation- the real time when Nepal wins the toughest battle against the nature- the autumn 2015 begins. This is the high time when the travelers from across the globe intend to visit Nepal.

This year travelers might think that things have changed. Yes, we agree, “Things have changed in Nepal ”. So why not travel to Nepal during Autumn 2015 to see the change.

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Here we have the listed eight reasons, why you should travel Nepal during Autumn 2015. Have a look.

1. People for People

It has been always this way. When people in some part of the world are in crisis, the people from other parts have played roles to support the humans under crisis. The simple logic is, this time people of Nepal need you. Thousands of households in Nepal run because of Tourism industry. Almost 1 million Nepalese are directly into tourism and several millions are benefited indirectly because of the foreign travelers visit Nepal.

So when the people of Nepal are under the pressure to rebuild the country devastated by the quake your visit to Nepal could play an important role to support country’s economy and the lives of individuals who are directly involved in guiding you across the country.

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2. Disaster Tourism

7.9 magnitude quake does the significant damage. Visiting Nepal during Autumn 2015 is an opportunity to explore the damages done by the quake. We call it an opportunity because the damage of this scale happens not often. So visit Nepal during Autumn 2015 and explore the damages done by the quake before everything is cleared and rebuilt again.

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3. Nepalese

Nepalese are known for bravery and kindness. The interesting factor to Visit Nepal during Autumn 2015 could be to observe the attributes of Nepalese under huge pressure. Will they remain same or change their way of living?

If Nepalese change, will the change be positive or negative? Visit Nepal and witness by yourself.

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4. Destinations

Nepal is the sole destination on earth catering extremely diverse landscapes, culture, flora, fauna, wildlife and adventurous activities. Some of the landmarks of central Nepal have been affected and have been temporarily restricted for visitors, which include Langtang and Manaslu Region Treks. However, the destinations in other parts of Nepal remain unharmed during the quake.

Trekking in Annapurna, Everest, Dolpo and Kanchenjunga Regions among others are as safe as they were before the quake. Similarly, the touristic and adventurous hub like Pokhara, wildlife hubs like Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park and the birthplace of Gautama Buddha are safe destinations to travel around Nepal.

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5. Voluntourism

Nepal needs massive number of helping hands to rebuild the monuments and rehabilitate millions Nepalese. And, you could be one of those. Visit Nepal during Autumn 2015 and volunteer your expertise in the quake affected villages of Nepal to support various sectors of Nepal. It could be teaching in schools, lending helping hands to support the health of natives in isolated highland villages or your expertise in building houses for the homeless could be the kinds of support we need now.

In whatever way you volunteer in Nepal, you will be the part of rebuilding the country devastatingly hit the quake.

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6. Extra services

Travelers do not prefer to visit the country recently hit by the quake. Though these sorts of perceptions doesn’t make difference in adventure tourism, we respect the way international governments and the families of travelers concern about the safety of their citizens or their loved ones. It is understandable. However, we have our point to cater extra services to all the travelers who visit Nepal coming autumn and we promise to stand by it. We will make your trip in Nepal the trip of lifetime.

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7. Safety Guaranteed

The safety of our valued clients always has been the prime priority.

After the quake concern bodies of Government of Nepal has assessed the conditions of hotels in Kathmandu and other parts of the country and hence we will be accommodating you in the hotels or teahouses labeled absolutely safe to stay by the Government of Nepal. Various sectors of tourism industry have assessed the roads and airports we are most likely to use while operating your holidays in Nepal and they are safe. We will also accompany you with the best and experienced guides in the mountains who know the best for your safety. We will be updated with your status frequently through our guides so that we could plan urgent action to rescue you if necessary.

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8. Witnessing the rise of mighty

Mighty rises from the rubbles. After the quake 2015 Nepal begins experience positive signs.

The longing political instability seems to be ceased and soon the Himalayan nation seems to get the constitution as the major parties come under an agreement. Secondly, the youths of Nepal begin to unite via social sites and act as necessarily in the rebuilding process, which is so inspiring. Nepal finally seems to be on the way to rise. Traveling Nepal during Autumn 2015 is firsthand chance to witness the rise of mighty Nepal.

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