The British couple Mr. Stephen John Tewkesbury and Ms. Angela Frances Tewkesbury recently flew back to their country after spending the wonderful vacation at Nepal and Bhutan which was arranged by Explore Himalaya.
Samari Home stay.
The couple arrived to Nepal on November 11, 2012. They had the sightseeing around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for couple of days. They visited Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Changhunarayan Temple and the Durbar Squares of three cities. They drove to Nuwakot and Samari on November 14 and November 15 respectively for the home stay program. On November 16, the couple headed to Pokhara and had the wonderful sightseeing around the city the following day. November 18, the flight brought them back to Kathmandu.
Pokhara, during the bright sunny day.
November 19, they had arrangements to fly to Paro. Paro is a historical city in Bhutan with the Rinpung Dzong fotress- monastery which was built in the beginning of tenth century. Next day on November 20, they had sightseeing tour around Paro. On November 21, they drove to Bhutanese capital Thimpu via Phunka. After the short excursion around the city and on the way, the next day the couple was escorted back to Paro for the flight back to Kathmandu. On November 23, they boarded the plane to Kathmandu. After enjoying a free day at Kathmandu the couple took the departure from Kathmandu on November 25.
Rinpung Dzong- Paro.
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Mr. Malcolm James Smith and Ms. Helen Grace Smith recently traveled from Beijing, China to all the way to Kathmandu, Nepal on their 18 days tour package. The tour was organized by the Explore Himalaya. Smith couple took an opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China. They had the life time experience of river cruise on Yangtze River. The tour included the visit to Shanghai Museum. The last four days of the tour included the sightseeing around the ancient city of Kathmandu. The couple were guided to the largest Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath, popular Hindu shrine Pashupatinath, UNESCO World heritage site Changunarayan temple and the Durbar squares of the three cities within the Kathmandu Valley; Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. The couple flew to Xian from Beijing on the fourth day of the trip. They traveled to Shanghai on a three days cruise over Yangtze River from Chengdu on the ninth day to eleventh day of their tour. On the fourteenth day they flew back to Shanghai from Chengdu and on the fifteenth day they flew to Kathmandu from Chengdu.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Temple of Pashupatinath, Kathmandu.
Nepal is a burgeoning republic nestled in the heart of the Himalaya whose name evokes images of soaring snow-capped peaks, fast flowing rivers, and of course, the iconic Mt. Everest.
Nepal has so much to offer historically and culturally as well.
Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of June 2012 stood at 43,238, a rise by 16.2 percent as compared to arrival figures in the same month last year, as per the data released by TIA, Kathmandu. While arrivals from South Asian countries registered a modest growth of 12.2 percent, arrivals from other Asian countries recorded a massive increase by 45.8 percent in aggregate. Arrivals from China rose to 61 percent compared to the same month last year, while arrivals from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand also registered a positive growth of 26.9 percent, 56.3 percent, 63.6 percent and 67.1 percent respectively. Arrivals from the European market registered a positive growth of 3.7 percent. Tourist arrivals from Australia, Canada and USA also showed an increase of 3.7 percent, 73.4 percent and 12.4 percent respectively. From January to June 2012 tourist arrivals via air to Nepal registered an increase by 19.8 percent to 294,019 as compared to the same period last year.
Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air continued to soar with May arrival figures showing an increase of 9.3 percent to 42,820 as compared to the same month last year. The figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) shows a robust growth in arrivals from Asia – India with 16.1 percent, China 10.2 percent, Japan 26.8 percent and Malaysia 31 percent. The European markets show a positive growth of 8.3 percent with arrivals from UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Russia and Czech Republic up by 9.2 percent, 17.9 percent, 11.2 percent, 8.5 percent, 5.1 percent, 104.1 percent, 24.8 percent and 41.2 percent, respectively. Arrivals from Australia and USA have also increased by 9 percent and 12.3 percent. From January to May 2012, tourist arrivals to Nepal via air have risen by 20.5 percent to 250,781.
Looks like the aggressive promotion of destination Nepal during Nepal Tourism Year 2011 is bearing fruit. Business in Nepal’s tourism sector is booming. While there has been a significant increase in the number of tourist arrivals, popularity of the country’s trekking and climbing adventures (for which Nepal is truly known the world over) is soaring. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, a total of 337 climbers from various countries have received permission to climb Mt. Everest this spring, as compared to 263 in spring 2011. A total of 32 expedition groups have received permit from the Nepalese government to climb Mt. Everest. These expeditions have made the government richer by Rs. 293.15 million (received as royalty from the expedition groups). Other 77 expeditions have received permits to climb other Nepalese peaks this spring.
According to a report published by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Nepal's Travel & Tourism sector is a major job provider with the sector accounting for 3.3 percent of the total employment in the country in 2011. The travel trade sector (hotels, travel agents, airlines and other passenger transportation services) generated 412,500 direct jobs and attracted capital investment of Rs 12 billion last year. Nepal received a total of 735,965 international visitors in 2011 and earned revenue worth Rs 28.6 billion. The total contribution of the travel and tourism sector to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at Rs 119.1 billion in 2011.The WTTC report ranked Nepal 34th in terms of travel and tourism direct contribution to employment and 127 in terms of attracting foreign visitors among 181 tourist destinations.The report further projected that the travel trade sector’s contribution to the country’s total employment will rise to 3.7 percent in 2012.
The advent of Spring has brought in a surge of foreign visitor visitors in nepal. According to latest figures released by Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) tourist arrivals via air have increased by 13.7 percent to 42,716 in the month of February 2012 as compared to the same month last year. South Asian segment has registered a positive growth of 20.4 percent with India, a major market for Nepal, recording a positive growth of 28.8 percent. Visitor arrivals from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand also increased by 33.2 percent, 19.8 percent 31.5 percent and 7.9 percent respectively. European markets posted a positive growth of 17.5 percent with arrivals from UK, France, Germany, Italy Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia up by 9.8 percent, 8.8 percent, 3.0 percent, 31.2 percent, 87.9 percent,42.4 percent, 34.3 percent, 35 percent and 6.8 percent respectively. Arrivals from Australia and USA also showed an increase of 18.5 percent and 10.4 percent respectively.