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Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley await tourists’ return

In the second week of June, about two months after the April 25 earthquake, the country reopened its temple-filled durbar squares to the public. The reopening of durbar squares, the major tourist attractions in the Kathmandu Valley where much of the monuments and heritage structures were levelled by the quake, was a significant move, as the country heavily relies on tourism. The aim was to attract tourists to give a fillip to the tourism sector.

But according to the Hanuman Dhoka Area Conservation Programme (HDACP), Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square has failed to see tourists in numbers that it was expecting. The number of foreign visitors has decreased by around 60 percent, said
the HDACP.

Compared to 500 visitors a day during this time of the year, the World Heritage Site greets only about 200 now.

An unofficial blockade imposed in September following the promulgation of the constitution also came as a setback.

The decline in number has greatly affected revenue collection—entry fee for international tourists at Hanuman Dhoka is Rs1,000 per person and for those from Saarc countries, it is Rs150.

According to the HDACP, the revenue from entry fee has gone down from Rs500,000 a day to around Rs200,000 a day now.

“The earthquake had dealt a devastating blow and the blockade only complicated the problem,” said Narendra Bilas Bajracharya, chief of the HDACP. “Tourists have also stayed off Nepal due to rumours of another major quake.”

According to data of the Department of Immigration, tourist arrivals to Nepal fell
to a six-year low of 538,970 in 2015. A total of 4,893 foreigners had visited Hanuman Dhoka in the last fiscal year (2014-15), generating a total of Rs157 million from entry fee. But in the current fiscal year (2015-16), which began in July, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square has earned Rs31.6 million.

Built between the 12th and 18th centuries by Malla kings of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square boasts Newari architecture and Hindu temples. According to the Department of Archaeology, 26 structures, including Kasthamandap Mandir, Hanuman Dhoka Palace complex and Krishna Mandir, either were flattened or had suffered damage.

Falling numbers

  • Compared to 500 visitors a day during this time of the year, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square currently greets only about 200
  • Revenue from entry fee has gone down from Rs500,000 a day to around Rs200,000
  • A total of 4,893 foreigners visited the Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square in the last fiscal year (2014-15), generating around Rs157 million from entry fee. But in the current fiscal year (2015-16), which begain in July, it has earned only around Rs31.6 million in revenue

Bhaktapur braces for revenue loss

The Bhaktapur Municipality is bracing for a revenue loss to the tune of Rs 110, thanks to declining number of tourists. According to the municipality, there has been a sharp decline in number of tourists after the April earthquake. Tourism accounts for half of municipality’s total budget.

THE KATHMANDU POST

How much does it cost for Everest Base Camp Trek?

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Cost for an Everest Base Camp Trek is depends on many things. There are many options to do this Everest trip. First one is package tour which includes everything from Arrival to departure. Another one service is tour which is also called budget trip; you may take guide and porters with us and plan your trip with your own cost. The Next one is going with just a guide.

And cheapest and last one is going alone without guide and porters. But this one is not recommended in the mountain of Nepal. It’s not sensible to trek in Nepal Mountain alone, for reasons of safety and security. If you get injured or sick then you’ll have no one to assist you and maybe hours of walking until the next village to get help.

So, the cost for the Everest Camp Trek is depends on your choice and requirements. It is subject to many things like as Hotels accommodation in Kathmandu, Guides, Porters, and Guest Houses/Hotels in Mountain etc. Normally the package tour for 15-16 Days Everest base Camp Trek starts from $1600 including Lukla flight ticket. Or Guides service trip cost is $25 to $35 per day which includes foods and salary of guide.

Please note prices here are rough estimates. For more information and reasonable price please feel free contact at info@dreamhimalayan.com

Solo Female Traveler Safe in Nepal?

Yes, Solo travel in Nepal is more exciting and safe measure up to many countries in the world. But remain few things in mind whilst you are here and you will be without doubt safe. Try not to stroll around amid late night wherever you walk; possibly it is Kathmandu, Pokhara or Chitwan, come back to your hotel on time.

If you are planning to treks on the admired trekking in Nepal it is not compulsory to hire guide and porters. But, it’s not sensible to trek in Nepal alone, for reasons of wellbeing and security.

If you don’t desire to negotiation on the safety then hire a good guide or at least a porter. If you get injured or sick then you’ll have no one to assist you and maybe hours of walking until the next village to get help.

It is not smart thought to trek completely alone in Nepal absolutely from a security perspective, ailment and little mishaps can undoubtedly happen and on the off chance that you don’t have in any event some reinforcement these little issues can soon turn out to be huge.

Our job is to make sure you get where you want to go, at the best price, safety and in the most pleasant way possible.

I Never Trekked Before. Can I Do Everest Base Camp Trek?

Yes of course, you can do Everest Base Camp Trek easily if you never done the trek before, but you should be capable of walking 4 to 6 hours a day. Most of the trekkers finished this trip without problems, and also who had no previous trekking experience.

It doesn’t matter that what is your milieu, you must be fit & active but previous hiking experience is plus point. You may do some exercise which would be really helpful to finish your trip.

Inside of Everest Base Camp trek, there is no specific age limit by any stretch of the imagination. By the by, you are required to have great physical wellness, inspirational disposition and stamina.

Moreover, take an uplifting demeanor, being certain on the trek is one of the best things to motivate you to continue stepping forward when all you need to do is pivot.

Number of trekkers down only 6% in 2015

Though total tourist arrivals fell by 30 percent in 2015 mainly due to earthquake, Tarai unrest and Indian blockade, number of trekkers during the period fell by only 6.05 percent compared to figures of 2014.

Data compiled by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) shows number of free individual tourists (FITs) enjoying trekking in Nepal went up by 1.87 to 15,140 in 2015. Of them, 239 were from SAARC countries.

Last year, NTB had issued Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards to 15,127 trekkers, including 239 from SAARC countries.

NTB issues TIMS card to FITs, while TAAN distributes TIMS card to trekkers traveling in groups.

The data reflects that the ongoing economic blockade by India and the impact of earthquake haven’t deterred adventure seekers from enjoying trekking in Nepal.

Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of NTB, said that trekkers’ footfalls despite all the odds are very encouraging. “We believe that this can be the basis for tourism revival in the days to come,” he said, adding that different messages like ‘Visit Nepal to help Nepal’ and ‘NepalNOW’ campaign, among others, helped a lot to bring tourists back to Nepal.

“This also shows that adventure lovers are not disturbed by untoward incidents,” he said, adding that the number would have gone up further had there been no fuel crisis.

The number of TIMS cards issued by TAAN fell by a marginal 7.61 percent to 71,300 in 2015. Last year, TAAN had distributed TIMS cards to 77,174 trekkers.

Data shows number of trekkers was growing strongly until March. Number of trekkers, however, fell by 14.36 to 11,794 in April when the destructive earthquake shook the nation. The earthquake made an immediate impact on tourist arrivals which subsequently affected arrival of trekkers. Number of trekkers fell by 81.26 percent in May and 75.88 percent in June, according to TAAN. Continue reading

Everest skydive in Forbes 11 places to skydive in 2016 list

KATHMANDU, Dec 30 2015: American business magazine Forbes has published the list of 11 places to skydive in 2016. Skydiving from Mt Everest has been included in the list.

“If dropping out of a helicopter at 23,000 feet is always something that you’ve wanted to do, well then, Everest Skydive has you covered.
With Mount Everest as your backdrop, you’ll free fall to the Ama Dablam Base Camp, a base camp that sits 15,000 feet above sea level, or the Syangboche Airport, which sits 12,340 feet above sea level,” Breanna Wilson wrote for Forbes.

Waialua, U.S.A., Palm Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates, Key West, U.S.A, Livingstone,Queenstown, New Zealand among others are in the list.

Myrepublica

Nepal ‘must-see destination’ for 2016, in National Geographic Traveller

08 Dec, 2015

The National Geographic Traveller magazine has enlisted Nepal as one of the must-see destinations in the world for 2016.

In its ‘Cool List 2016’ prepared for the January/February 2016 issue of the UK-based travel magazine, Nepal has been placed sixth in the list of 16 cool destinations in the world.

“Tourist numbers to Nepal plummeted by 85 per cent after the devastating earthquakes, but the country is once more open for business and safe to visit, with a new government-backed website providing official updates on affected areas.,” one of the world’s popular travel publications said, adding, “This is a nation that has long relied heavily on tourism, with many visitors lured by the chance to combine volunteerism with an adventure holiday in a stunning landscape.”

Chosen by its team of editors and writers, the hotly anticipated list of countries and cities also include Iran, Costa Rica, Washington DC, Ireland, Cuba, Shanghai, Mozambique, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somerset, Rio de Janeiro, Kazakhstan, Argentina, San Sebastian and Great Barrier Reef.

“We’ve scoured the planet for this year’s must-see destinations and come up with an eclectic list of top spots for culture, cuisine, festive celebrations, pristine coastline… and places to go. Some are obvious, some not so, but we think they should be top of anyone’s travels plans in 2016 – and beyond,” the magazine quoted its editor Pat Riddell as saying.

Meanwhile, the National Geographic has already nominated Pasang Lhamu Sherpa from Nepal among the top 10 finalists for the 2016 People’s Choice Adventurer of the year. The country’s rising climbing star has been chosen for her tireless humanitarian efforts in remote areas in the aftermath of devastating April earthquake. Online voting will open until January 31, 2016 to choose her as the winner of the prestigious award.

The Himalayan Times

Cycle tourism becomes popular in Mustang

Cycling has become an attractive activity among tourists in Mustang district. It is not only the fuel shortage that has encouraged visitors to take to cycling; the lower part of the district, in particular, offers excellent terrain and stunning scenery for adventure seekers.

Bidur Bikram Kuikel, chief of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Jomsom, said the region was becoming an increasingly popular destination for sight-seeing and cycling. “As cyclists can stop at any place to take panoramic photos of the Himalayan region, the activity has been drawing an increasing number of tourists in recent days” he said.

Michel, a visitor from Poland, said he had been attracted by the snow-capped mountains and hair-pin bends on the trails in the region. “It is fascinating to ride a bicycle in the pleasant environment,” said Michel, who was one of the participants of an eight-member European team which plans to bicycle all around lower Mustang.

The present time being the main tourist season, the favourable climatic condition has also added to the enjoyment of the bicycle riders.

A bicycle trip around lower Mustang takes three to five days. Many tourists bring their own bicycles while some hire them in Pokhara before visiting the Himalayan region.

Dhruba Bahadur Thapa, an entrepreneur from Pokhara, said he had been renting bicycles to tourists for the last eight years. According to him, he has rented dozens of bicycles this year too. He added that he recently accompanied a group of cyclists travelling on the Jomsom-Kagbeni-Muktinath-Magi route. Continue reading

Come Back Tourists in Nepal

Nov 01, 2015
Do you still have anything to eat?” some of my friends living in Europe recently asked me. “Could you go on a multi-day trip to the Annapurna region as planned?” I answered that the choice in the restaurants has slightly shrunk, and that the transportation costs have gone up since my arrival a month ago. But I am still doing well. I feel safe in Nepal.

Why are my friends back home so concerned about me?

Half the truth

One of the answers to the question can be found in the media. For example, last week the fee-financed public German Television ZDF—which characterises itself as a premium high quality station—broadcasted a short report about the current situation in Nepal. Unfortunately, in this report, a professor from the University of Heidelberg expressed some grave misjudgments about the state of affairs in Nepal. The reporter, who has possibly never been to Nepal himself, praised the professor for having recently visited Nepal, and having a profound knowledge of the country. Although the professor was accurate in describing the dissatisfaction of the Madhesis, and in reporting about their ongoing protests, his statements gave the impression that life in Nepal had come to a complete standstill. That everyone in Nepal would now suffer from hunger, and that locals, expats and tourists would have to cook their daily meals over small wood fires out on the roads. “No petrol, no gas”, the professor stated unopposed suggesting that everyday necessities like medicine and drinking water was no longer ensured in Nepal.

Of course, Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. And the ongoing unrest in the Tarai and the unofficial blockade by India exacerbates the situation for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Nepalis. Yet, reports such as the one broadcasted on ZDF—watched by millions of German, Austrian and Swiss viewers—in which a professor reflected his subjective impressions unopposed, can be more harmful than the trade embargo on Nepal itself. I am now currently living in Nepal, and my own experiences are very different to what the professor suggests.

The reporting on Nepal by many European media after the devastating earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 already gave a serious blow to the country’s image. Readers of several newspapers, viewers of many TV stations, and users of thousands of websites were given the impression that Nepal had been entirely destroyed by the quake. The number of dead, injured or homeless people was of course huge, and the damage to infrastructure was disastrous but not to the extent that is being depicted in the international media. Unfortunately, it was reported that Kathmandu and many other tourist hotspots such as Pokhara and the Annapurna region have suffered huge damages. Such incomplete and partially erroneous news coverage could prove to be abysmal for tourism in Nepal.

“Compared to last year, this fall the number of guests decreased by around 70 percent” complains Sabine Pretsch. It is understandable that some people are more anxious than others, and after disasters such as the earthquake, travelers are more fearful. “But the media, for example in my homeland Germany, put the tourism industry in an awkward position because of their exaggerated reports of the earthquake and its consequences.” Continue reading

Over 2,000 foreign tourists visit Lomanthang

Upper Mustang Trek

Over 2,000 foreigners have visited Lomanthang, the main tourist hub of Mustang district, during nine months of 2015.

According to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), a total of 2039 foreign tourists visited the district to visit Mustangi Royal Palace, to study about the art and culture and to enjoy the panoramic view till September of this year.

The ACAP has been keeping record of the tourists, visiting the Lomanthang, from Kagbeni and Lomanthnag area daily, said Chief of ACAP, Lomanthang, santosh Sherchan. The number of tourists visiting Lomanthang was less as compared to corresponding period of the previous year.

Most of the tourists were from Germany, France and Netherlands, according to the ACAP. The number of tourists visiting the Lomanthang has also said to be decreased due to increasing cold in upper Mustang.

A total of 4,200 tourists had visited Lomanthang in 2014.

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