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16 Domestic Carriers Grounded for failed on fulfill safety standardsAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016KATHMANDU – Sixteen domestic airlines, including the national flag carrier, will be grounded from Wednesday as the regulator did not renew their air operator certificates (AOC) on Tuesday—the deadline for AOC renewal. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) said the carriers did not fulfill the required international safety oversight standards. By the time the Post went to the press,
Lower Mustang set for the Yartung festivalAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016On the day of Janai Purnima, August 10, the settlements of Lower Mustang will wake up to the boisterous festivities of Yartung Mela. And as in previous years, the residents are all set to welcome visitors from near and far to enjoy the scenic beauty of the hidden valley and participate in an age-old ritual. The yartung fair festival in lower mustang is celebrated all over mustang and is especially
18 Leopards dead in a yearAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016KASKI – In a recent tally, at least 18 leopards have been found dead in the jungles of Pokhara since the past year. The toll apparently increased since many of the injured and sick leopards could not get timely treatment. According to the District Forest Office in Kaski , the death toll is rising at an alarming rate since the district does not have a veterinary specialising on the treatmen
The sarangi’s changing faceAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016Sarangi is a much-cherished Nepali instrument. Originally played by Gandarvas who traveled the country singing folk tunes, the instrument, in recent days has starting taking up a new identity altogether. The four-stringed instrument, traditionally accompanying vocals, is now being adapted as an instrument in bands, ensembles and solo performances, and sarangi players like Kiran Nepali are contribu
10 Reason why you should travel to NepalAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016Himalayas Adventure: Nepal has number of high altitude mountains. Out of top 10, Nepal had a top 7 mountain including top of the world Everest. Edmund Hilary once said, “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” Considered as the ultimate “Himalayan Utopia” by trekkers and mountaineers worldwide, the mysterious land of Nepal offers some of the greatest trekking and mountaineering e
World’s Longest Zip-Flyer begins in NepalAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016Zip- flyer is the newly opened  weekend Adventure activities in Nepal. The longest Zip-Flyer has started in Lake City of Pokhara, Nepal. According to the promoters the Zip- flyer is new in Naples’s context and it would be of great help to promote adventure tourism. The Zip –flyer which starts at the height of 5032 ft in Sarankot and ends at 3000 ft in Hemja Plain is 1860 m long. It runs at th
Jumla – Rara MarathonAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016Himalayan marathon club-Nepal is organizing the Jumla-Rara Ultra Marathon on October 10 2014. The race starts at Jumla Bazaar(2305 M), and finishes at the Rara Lake (2800 M). the course measured 26.3 Miles/4205 KM and although it is basically uphill and downhill, the trail undulates and there are two steep uphill (Dhaphe 3500M) and (Bhulbhule 2950 M). The race starts at 6:00 am and there is a cut-
21 die, nearly 100 missing in blizzards, avalancheAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016Unusual rains accompanied by snowstorm which swept through western Nepal, have reportedly killed at least 21 people, including 12 foreigners, and left scores missing. Eighteen have been rescued from different incident sites in Manang and Mustang districts on Wednesday. The Home Ministry has, however, put the number of deaths at 11. Three persons, believed to be local yak herders were found dead in
President Dhamala attends Nepal Tibet join meetingAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala attended 8th Nepal-Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee Meeting held in Lhasa from December 23 to 27. Tulsi Prasad Gautam, director general of Department of Tourism (DoT), had led a 16-member Nepali delegation in the meeting. Similarly, Zeng Wanming, vice chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, had led
New bird species sighted in Annapurna conservation area(ACAP) New bird species sighted in Annapurna conservation area(ACAP)Auther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016KASKI – Two new bird species have been found in the Annapurna Conservation Area, the country’s largest sanctuary located in the western region. Paras Bikram Singh, conservation officer at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP ), and Sijan Gyanwali, a researcher, spotted Pied Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) and Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica), putting the total number of avian spec
Seminar on mountain safety organizedAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, May 26th, 2016Stakeholders have underlined the need to enhance safety measures for effective development and promotion of mountain tourism. Speaking at a seminar on Mountain Tourism Safety organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in Kathmandu, they said destinations should now assure visitors on safety as it has become a crucial issue. Presenting his working paper, Dave Bamford, an adventure tourism
Nepal could lose over 300k visitors this yearAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, May 26th, 2016Nepal could lose more than 300,000 tourists this year as a result of the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks which forced mass departure of tourists and prompted many to change their travel plans. Tourism Ministry spokesman Mohan Krishna Sapkota informed the parliamentary Development Committee on Tuesday that the country could lose up to 40 percent tourists—320,000—year-on-year. The countr
TAAN should be given responsibility to assess, repair trekking trailsAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, May 26th, 2016Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala has said that the responsibility of assessing and reconstructing quake-damaged trekking trails should be given to TAAN. Stating that TAAN has a pool of trained trekking workers, who know geography of mountain areas very well, and the expertise in trekking and mountaineering sector, Dhamala said TAAN will perform r
Govt officially reopens heritage sites for visitorsAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, May 26th, 2016The government has reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged by the earthquake of April 25 in its efforts to lure back foreign tourists to the country.Six of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites closed after the quakes have reopened from Monday. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa announced reopening of the sites at a function organized at Bhaktap
Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism in the Himalayas Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism in the HimalayasAuther: hsmile | Posted Date: Thu, May 26th, 2016Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism in the Himalayas. The relief of poverty is a top priority for the governments of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. In these areas of the Himalayas, where tourism is a growing sector of the economy, a balance is being sought between the need to encourage visitors, to protect the environment, and to ensure that development is in the interests of local people. Regiona