Monthly Archives: February 2015

Thamel to be equipped with solar lamps

Thamel , a tourist hub in the Capital, is to be equipped with solar street lamps so as to keep this busy area illuminated round-the-clock.

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) with the support from the Asian Development Bank has so far installed 18 solar lamps in front of the Tridevimarga-based Provident Fund building and behind Ascol campus. The installation of solar lamp has also beautified Thamel , according to NEA chair Ramsharan Thapaliya.

The NEA is planning to decorate other parts of Thamel with solar lamps soon. Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and other various 16 banks and five finance institutions have agreed to cooperate with the NEA for this noble purpose. Over 200 lamps of 40 watt will be installed in a distance of 35 meters at different locations of Thamel . In case of congested street, house roofs will be chosen for the installation, NEA said.

The installation work is expected to cost Rs 2.02 million and TAAN and NTB have agreed to contribute Rs 1.5 million each.

Important Information About Trekking in Nepal

February 25, 2015

Trekking in Nepal
Trekking is a different form of travel which is done during different seasons. As compared to other types of travels, trekking is less structured. The factors that affect the form of travel in trekking include weather patterns and an area’s topography and not the availability of hotels and flights.

Travelers move on foot through rural areas enabling them to have a closer look at incredible scenes. Most trekkers travel through areas that are isolated giving them a unique experience as compared to people who travel through popular places. Trekkers often interact with nature by climbing rocks and mountains.

Who can trek?
– It is advisable that a person treks with a professional trekker if he/she is a first time trekker.
– This will enable him/her to gain experience while in the company of the professionals.
– Some organizations usually offer classes for beginners.

Why trekking in Nepal?
– Trekking can be done in many parts of the world.
– However, there are areas that are most popular with trekkers such as regions that are mountainous.
– These areas include the Himalayas located in Asia and most specifically in Nepal.
– Treks have also been done in all continents that receive fewer tourists.
– Adventuring in the Himalayas gives every trekker a unique and unforgettable experience.
– There has been an improvement in the equipment and clothing for trekking in Nepal.
– For people with plenty of resources helicopters, aircraft and vehicles are also available.
– People living in the Nepal mountainous regions still practice their old traditions.

Food while trekking
– Plenty of good food should be carried and it is important to always be hydrated.
– The food and water is usually provided.
– Wholesome snacks and vitamin tablets are also appropriate.

Clothing and equipments for Nepal trekking
– Clothing carried along by trekkers should be suitable for the chilly nights and warm days.
– When trekking during daytime at low altitudes, it is appropriate that light trekking trousers and a T-shirt are worn.
– A waterproof jacket should also be carried as well as warm clothing due to the unpredictability of the mountain weather.
– Thermal underwear is most suitable for cold nights.
– Other equipment include a best sleeping bag for cold weather, daypack, socks, boots, camp shoes, sunglasses, gloves, water bottles, torches, toiletries, moisturizer, towels, cameras and a first aid kit among others.

Altitude sickness
– The high mountains are characterized by less oxygen and this causes people to feel unwell.
– Most people manage altitudes up to 2500m but suffer altitude sickness beyond this height.
– Symptoms include headaches, vomiting, dry cough, less urination, lack of judgement and coughing blood among others.

Best time for trekking
– Trekking can be done at any time of the year but this depends on the places that are visited.
– However, the most popular times for trekking are the autumn and spring.
– Autumn includes the period between September and November; winter is between December and February, spring between March and May, and summer between June and August. Continue reading

Chitwan hoteliers shut shop over arrest of married couples

24 January 2015

Accusing police of arresting even husband and wife in a campaign to curb sexual activities, hotel, lodge and restaurant entrepreneurs have closed down their businesses indefinitely from Monday.

Police on Saturday afternoon had arrested 17 women, 12 men and 10 hoteliers during a raid in over 100 lodges in Narayanghat Bharatpur area.

Among the arrested, five were married couples. They were kept under the custody at the District Police Office, Chitwan for two hours and were released only in the evening.

“The code of conduct is in effect to stop immoral activities. We have not objected to the raid, but the method of crackdown,” Chairman of Hotel Entrepreneurs´ Association, Chitwan said.

According to ex-Chairman of Hotel Entrepreneurs´ Association, Chitwan, Imandu Baral all hotels and lodges from Muglin to Bharatpur have closed their service. He added that they will not take new guests, but will continue service to those already checked in.


Flush tourists trigger growth of luxury hotels in Chitwan

With an upsurge in the number of domestic and foreign tourists in Chitwan, many tourism entrepreneurs have shown interest in building top-class hotels and resorts in the district.

Over the past one and a half years, Kasara Resort, equipped with luxury amenities, has come into operation. Investors from Yeti Group—Sonam Sherpa, Ang Chhiring Sherpa and RP Pant have collaboratively invested Rs 400 million in the resort. Of 43 residential rooms in the resort, 35 are deluxe while two others have been designed for honeymoon couples.

The honeymoon suites besides boasting an attached swimming pool, incorporate a separate kitchen, a lobby that is completely isolated from the outside environment.

Kasara that expands in 4 bigahas of land employs 65 people. “As the location provides the natural essence, it is suitable for the visitors,” claims RP Pant, one of the investors. He added that the resort could provide as an alternative for accommodation to the visitors at a time when similar facilities inside the resort have been closed. Continue reading

American in bid to set Himalayan trail record

17th Feb, 2015

Martin Coleman, a climber from Colorado in the US, said he was attempting to cross the Great Himalayan Trail in record time this spring. “On March 17, I’ll be leaving for Nepal to complete the Great Himalayan Trail.

It is 1,250 miles from the border with India to the border with Tibet. I am taking the route that was used to set the record for the traverse and it will involve more than 2.6 million steps and more than 500,000 feet of elevation change,” he said.

Not many people have ever completed the traverse and typical times are five months. The record for the traverse is 49 days 6 hours and 8 minutes.


Nepali casinos planning to resume business

10 th February, Kathmandu

Several casinos that had shut down after the government introduced Casino Regulations 2013 in April last year are planning to resume business. Ten casinos in the capital had shut opeations after failing to clear outstanding dues and renew license as per the new guidelines.

Casino Mahjong at Soaltee Crowne Plaza has already acquired permission from the Tourism Department to resume operations. “We are running a trial version at present and we will resume operations from next week,” said Binod Shrestha, managing director of Casino Mahjong.

Casino Royale at Hotel Yak & Yeti also resumed its operations since February 1 after the Supreme Court issued a stay order allowing the casino to run as per the earlier regulations.

Valley Link which used to run Casino Rad at Radission Hotel, Casino Tara at Hyatt Regency and Casino Venus at Mall Hotel is preparing to acquire license from the government.

Kishore Silwal, president of Casino Association Nepal, who is also the managing director of Valley Link, said they will resume operations within one and a half months.

Recently, Hong Kong based Silver Heritage Limited has started operating The Millionaire´s Club and Casino at Hotel Shangri La. Silver Heritage Limited has opened Silver Heritage Investment in Nepal and Happy World its subsidiary is running the casino.

Rajendra Bajgain, executive chairman of Silver Heritage Investment said it is operating the casino under new regulation and is currently providing employment to 250 people.

The casino has 22 live gaming tables and 10 electronic gaming machines.

Likewise, two new companies, Vegas City International and Prime International and Recreation have been registered at the Ministry of Industry to run casino.

The casinos were facing problem after the government introduced new Casino Regulations 2013 that came into effect on July 2013. The casino operators were lobbying with the government to become flexible with the new regulation. However, the government had only reduced the royalty amount from 40 million to 30 million.

Based on the new regulation, the Finacial Bill 2013-14 had doubled the royalty from 20 million to 40 million.

Similarly, under the new regulation, casinos should have paid-up capital of Rs 250 million. For casinos in four-star hotels, capital requirement has been fixed at Rs 150 million. Casino operators are still requesting the government to reduce the paid-up capital to 150 million.

The new casinos, however, have to pay Rs 500,000 as registration fee and Rs 20 million as licensing fee. They need to pay Rs 10 million as license renewal fee every year.

Source: Myrepublica

Circuit trek route being developed

8th February, 2015

A study has been initiated to develop a circuit trek route encompassing Pokhara and villages in Tanahu and Syangja districts in a bid to boost rural tourism.

The survey will plot a route joining Pokhara, Chisapani, Chitre Bhanjyang, Kihu, Arudodaya, Siddha Cave and Bhimad. “The circuit has been developed with a motive to promote rural tourism,” said Aash Bahadur Gurung, general secretary of the Trek Management Committee.

The plan to develop a trek route was launched 14 years ago but no serious efforts have been made since. The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (Taan) have pledged to promote the initiative.

The trekking circuit will pass through 15 village development committees (VDCs) consisting of more than 30 villages in Tanahun and Syangja and two municipalities. The planned trekking circuit is 57 km long and rises from an elevation of 420 metres to 1,709 metres.

The Nepal trekking circuit aims to offer trekkers an experience of endangered cultures. The walk can be completed in 10 days. It will offer scenic views of mountains that cannot be seen from the cities. The route also features picturesque spots like Millennium Cave, Budha Kot, Deupuje Dhunga, Bhirkot Kalika, Manakamana Temple, Raipur and Kolma Kot.

The Millennium Trek Festival has been organized for the past three years to promote the trekking circuit. “Our initiative has helped the increased the number of tourists,” said Harka Gurung, coordinator of the festival.

Source: Ekantipur

Romanian killed in Pokhara paragliding fall

A Romanian national died in a paragliding accident in Puranchaur of Kaski on Wednesday.

Ioandragos Pirte (35) had fallen off the paraglider while enjoying the Paragliding in Pokhara sky at around 1 pm today, DSP Dilliraj Panta of Kaski District Police Office said.

He had fallen into the Kaure jungle in Puranchaur-3.

His body was sent to the West Regional Hospital, Pokhara, for an autopsy, police said.

With Pirte, at least eight persons died in paragliding accidents in and around Pokhara since the adventurous sport was launched 19 years ago.