9th Fewa New Year Festival- 2012 in Pokhara

The 9th Fewa New Year Festival- 2012 is slated to be held in Pokhara from April 10th to 15th. The five-day festival has been organised to mark Nepali New Year. The main organizer of the festival Western Regional Hotel Association will be putting up 60 stalls in Basundhara Park including 15 food stalls and around 45 different stalls dealing with tourism, agriculture, culture and trade. The hotels and restaurants will be offering 30 percent discount on accommodation and 10 to 15 percent discounts on various food items during the festival.


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Raniban Retreat, Pokhara

Set high in a ridge above the scenic Pokhara valley and the beautiful Phewa Lake, the breathtaking location of Raniban Retreat is without doubt one of its chief USP(unique selling point). Situated in an idyllic location the resort offers tourists in Pokhara a delightful and comfortable stay in its well furnished 4 standard rooms and 12 tented camps (with attached bathroom). It  lies at an elevation of 1492m, about 7km(1 hour drive/30 mins hike from Phewa lake) from the main town. A stay at this beautiful resort allows you to enjoy panoramic views of the snowy Machhapucchre, Annapurna, Manaslu & Dhaulagiri and savor the enchanting  sight of the pristine Phewa Lake and the valley floor stretching below. As the World Peace Pagoda lies just a stone-throw away from the retreat, you can walk down and explore it or take a short hike and explore the surrounding villages. The resort’s restaurant menu may not offer a varied choice but the food they serve is tasty and prepared hygienically. Raniban Retreat also has a bar, a terraced garden, spa and wi-fi facility. If you are looking for a restful stay (away from the usual tourist crowd), amidst  natural and  tranquil setting than Raniban Retreat is where you should head to.

Raniban Retreatani

Raniban Retreat


Himalayan Panorama


Standard room (pic courtesy : Raniban Retreat)


Inside a tented camp (pic courtesy: Raniban Retreat)

Peace Pagoda

World Peace Pagoda, Phewa Lake & Pokhara valley as seen from Raniban Retreat 


Village Hike – Mesmerizing views

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International Footrace ‘RacingThePlanet:Nepal 2011’ Begins

The much awaited high endurance international footrace RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 kicked off today at 7 am (local time) from Mardi Khola (situated a few kilometers from Pokhara).


"On your mark, get,set & Go!" –  RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011 begins

Racingtheplanet-oldest competitor

Oldest Competitor- Jeniffer Murray (71 years) from UK

Chief Guest at the flagging off ceremony was Mr. Shankar Prasad Pandey (Secretary , Prime Minister’s Office, Nepal ). During the race, 219 participants from 40 countries will be testing their strength and endurance level by trying to cover a distance of 250 km in 7 days and 6 stages, carrying their own backpacks. The 250 km race course covers  Kaski, Parvat, Baglung and Myagdi districts in the Annapurna region. Maximum altitude reached during the race will be 3,200 meters / 10,500 feet and total elevation gain across the full course is 9,000 meters / 29,500 feet.


Press Conference – NTB Pokhara

Addressing a press conference on 18th November 2011 at the NTB Hall in Pokhara, Mr. Suman Pandey, Nepal Director, RacingThePlanet:Nepal 2011, informed media persons that around 45 Everest summitteers are acting as volunteers in this event. The event organizers  have tried to make use of locally available commodities and other facilities as much as possible, so as to  boost local economy and tourism .

RacingThePlanet, an international organization specializing in high endurance races is the official organizer of the race. Explore Himalaya the logistic arranger of this event wishes all the participants the best of luck.

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Pilgrims flock to Muktinath

The number of Hindu pilgrims visiting Muktinath has risen sharply according to the data collected by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Around 150 pilgrims mostly from India are visiting to Muktinath Temple daily. In the past years the average visitor figure during peak season stood at around 50. While some pilgrims fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, most of them have been seen using overland transport on the newly constructed highway.

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Pokhara’s Lakeside now open 24/7

Lakeside, the major tourist hub in Pokhara will now be open continuously 24/7. The local administration recently took this decision to allow tourists to enjoy night life in Pokhara during their stay. For security purposes the authorities will be installing night-vision CCTV cameras at Lakeside’s major points. Hotel & other tourism entrepreneurs have hailed this decision as a positive step to boost tourism.

Lakeside, Pokhara

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Paragliding in Bandipur

Come August, the sky in the hill-top town of Bandipur, will be open for paragliding. Bluesky Paragliding, a Pokhara based paragliding operator is preparing to launch commercial paragliding in Bandipur from August 2011. The company has received permission from Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) to operate tandem as well as solo flights from Bandipur. Bandipur, a small hill-top town in Tanahun district was a Magar settlement. Newari traders from Bhaktapur migrated to Bandipur during the reign of Prithvi Narayan Shah and transformed  this town into  a trading point on the Nepal- Tibet trade route . The well preserved ancient town lies 143 km to the west of Kathmandu and 73 km to the east of Pokhara, above the Marshyangdi river. This town, with its old world charm and scenic mountain views, has become quite popular among tourists.

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8th Fewa New Year Festival 2011, Pokhara

As part of the ongoing 8th Fewa New Year Festival 2011 in Pokhara, the Western Regional Hotel Association organized a special marathon for the tourists visiting Pokhara. The race was held on 13th April and had more than 50 participants. Amir Alfie from Israel was the first to complete the race while Franz Sebrechts from Belgium came second followed by Ganda Nesh in the third place. Prizes for the winners included free air tickets (Pokhara to Kathmandu), Paragliding Flight ticket etc.
The five- day long Fewa New Year Festival 2011 has been organized by the Western Regional Hotel Association on the banks of Fewa Lake to promote tourism in Pokhara.

12th Open International Paragliding Tournament

Nepal Air Sports Association recently organized the 12th Open International Paragliding Tournament in Pokhara on February 22. Previous year’s winner British pilot Jamie Messenger emerged victorious this year too, while Indian paraglider Debu Chaudhary and Swiss Sebastian finished second and third respectively. Winners in other categories included Peter Lankar (best acrobat), Bijay Dhakal (best spot landing), Milan Pariyar (best safe landing and raft boat) and Ram Raj Gautam (cross-country). A total of 119 pilots from 22 countries participated at the event. Among Nepali pilots, Yogesh Bhattarai, Khum Bahadur Gurung and Prakash Gurung grabbed the top three positions. In women’s category, Ezavela of Germany, Alina Motta of Finland and Trisha Shrestha of Nepal claimed the top three positions.