Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bouddhanath Stupa renovation underway

Works have begun to renovate Bouddhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after a gap of fifteen years. The Bouddhanath Area Development Committee under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism have started renovation works. It is also painting the main stupa. A new coat of paint will be applied after plastering the dome. “We are […]

Bouddhanath Stupa

Bouddhanath Stupa (file photo)

Works have begun to renovate Bouddhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, after a gap of fifteen years.

The Bouddhanath Area Development Committee under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism have started renovation works. It is also painting the main stupa. A new coat of paint will be applied after plastering the dome.

“We are using paint this time instead of the plaster of Paris as we found that the temple had started to tilt due to the use of the plaster of Paris in the past,” Sampurna Kumar Lama, chairman of the committee, said.

He said the renovation and painting will cost four million rupees.

The committee also plans to construct modern rest rooms at two more places in the Bouddhanath area. The construct cost has been estimated at Rs 2.5 million.

The committee has also allocated Rs 3.1 million to install a 7.5-feet-tall statue of the Guru Rinpochhe Padma Shambhava at the local Ghilisang Peace Park.

(RSS)

Nepal in NYT’s ‘52 places to go in 2014’ list

Leading US daily New York Times (NYT) has included Nepal in the list of ‘52 Places to go in 2014’.

tourists NepalLeading US daily New York Times (NYT) has included Nepal in the list of ‘52 Places to go in 2014’.
“This Himalayan kingdom is the mother lode of alpinism, home to eight of the world’s 10 highest summits (including Everest),” the daily reports.

“So when a Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation subcommittee recommended last September that Nepal allow access to 165 new peaks in the Kanchanjunga massif this year — 13 of them above 23,000 feet — the world’s mountaineering community was aflutter,” the news report states. “Even so, the proposal is significant since it is the first such release in a decade. If the approval process progresses as expected, the territory will open for the spring season.”

Of the 52 destinations, Nepal features in the 45th position.

Earlier, Kathmandu – the capital city of Nepal — was voted as travelers’ first choice in Asia for upcoming destinations and third choice globally. The list prepared by popular tourism portal TripAdvisor was based on reviews and votes of travelers.

The “destinations on rise” category rates the places that have seen the biggest increase in positive reviews from travelers on the site over the past year. “Kathmandu is mystical and magical place, a trove of ancient structures that are enveloped in folklore,” TripAdvisor had described the city.

Limbu elected NATTA president

The 50th annual general meeting of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has elected a new executive committee under the leadership of DB Limbu.

DB Limbu

DB Limbu

The 50th annual general meeting of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) has elected a new executive committee under the leadership of DB Limbu.

Limbu, who got 221 votes, defeated his rival Madhusudan Acharya by 52 votes. Acharya was the 1st vice-president in the outgoing committee. Similarly, Shambhu Raj Pathak, CN Pandey, Mihika Dhakwa, Narayan Prasad Gurung Koney, Ramesh Thapa and Jiswa Tuladhar have been elected as 1st vice-president, 2nd vice-president, general secretary, treasurer, secretary and joint-secretary, respectively.

Similarly, Chitra Bahadur Gurung, Sabita Bhattarai KC, Binay Basnet, Sudhir Upadhyaya, Kamala Gurung, Yuvaraj Subedi and Fu Doma Sherpa have been elected as members. (more…)

NTB marks 15th anniversary

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has underlined the need to prepare long-term pan for the board for effective tourism promotion. At a program organized in Kathmandu to celebrate its 15th anniversary, NTB officials said the yearlong plan is simply insufficient to cope with the future challenges. Along with lack of long-term plan, NTB has identified lack […]

NTBNepal Tourism Board (NTB) has underlined the need to prepare long-term pan for the board for effective tourism promotion.

At a program organized in Kathmandu to celebrate its 15th anniversary, NTB officials said the yearlong plan is simply insufficient to cope with the future challenges.

Along with lack of long-term plan, NTB has identified lack of tourist based infrastructure, adequate information about destinations and tourists, and lack of airplanes and airports as its major challenges. (more…)

Number of trekkers to Annapurna region up

The number of trekkers visiting Annapurna Region increased by 6.57 percent to 113,495 in 2013.

Annapurna RegionThe number of trekkers visiting Annapurna Region increased by 6.57 percent to 113,495 in 2013.

According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), 106,999 trekkers had trekked on different trails in the region in 2012. A year earlier 101,908 had visited the region.

The number of trekkers visiting the Annapurna Region has been increasing consistently with the end of insurgency in 2006.

ACAP officials say the number could have gone even higher if it were not for elections. “Many trekkers postponed or cancelled their programs because of the election,” an official of ACAP said. The official said the number of trekkers has been increasing despite shortening of major trails in the region due to construction of motorable roads. (more…)